GOLD CANYON — Smoke from a wildfire burning in the Superstition Mountains is visible in much of Pinal County and has resulted in air quality concerns.
The Woodbury Fire, burning 5 miles northwest of Superior, is currently estimated at 44,451 acres and is 15 percent contained, fire officials said Wednesday morning. They said area residents should expect another noticeable column of smoke. The heaviest smoke is expected to occur along portions of the eastern perimeter between Pinto Peak and Mound Mountain, where heavier brush is present.
The main air quality and visibility concerns involve smoke that has settled into canyons within the mountains and along State Route 60 south into Globe and Miami. Smoke will be heaviest in these areas Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
Tonto National Forest fire has closures in place surrounding the fire. The National Park Service Tonto National Monument closed at 5 p.m. Thursday. The Monument’s administration decided to close until conditions change to prepare for potential impacts from the Woodbury Fire.
State Route 88 is closed from Needle Vista east to the junction of State Route 188. This includes Tortilla Flat, Canyon Lake, Apache Lake, and campsites along SR 88.
The following areas remain open to the public: Lower Salt River, Saguaro, Bartlett and Roosevelt Lakes, Lost Dutchman State Park, and Oak Flat Campground.
The human-caused fire started Saturday afternoon.