SUPERIOR — More than 900 personnel are fighting a massive wildfire in rugged terrain in Pinal and Gila counties, but so far no structures have been lost and no injuries have been reported.
The human-caused Woodbury Fire has grown to 113,000 acres since its start June 18 in the Superstition Mountains Wilderness area of Tonto National Forest. The fire is 48 percent contained.
Fire officials said Monday morning that easterly winds pushed the fire on the northern edge south of Apache Lake toward Four Ranch. Crews applied low-intensity fire from Davis Ranch to Fish Creek to catch the wildfire before it progressed to the State Route 88 corridor.
“Residents will continue to see smoke today from interior burning and intentional firing operations,” a fire update Monday said. “Firefighters continue to secure fire lines by adding depth through low-intensity fire in the Highway 188 corridor.”
Crews in the area are also improving lines around residences and power line infrastructure as well as Tonto National Monument, where firing operations were instituted to protect the 700-year-old cliff dwellings.