Mountain Fire burning in the Tonto National Forest northeast of Phoenix on June 7, 2019. (Photo U.S. Forest Service)
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Mountain Fire Burning Northeast of Phoenix

Mountain Fire burning in the Tonto National Forest northeast of Phoenix on June 7, 2019. (Photo U.S. Forest Service)

Maricopa County, AZ — The Tonto National Forest is quickly responding to a 300-acre wildfire caused by humans.

The Mountain Fire is located in the Tonto National Forest, just northeast of Phoenix. According to park’s Twitter feed, there are about 300 acres burning by the Horseshoe Dam Road turnoff. The Tonto National Forest warns motorists to avoid the area and to expect road closures.

The National Weather Service reports the smoke from the Mountain Fire can be seen from 10,000 feet above the ground on the radar.

Many fire crews have been called to help contain the blaze. The Southwest Coordination Center reports the fire started today, engulfing eight acres at the initial response.

Two air tankers, two very large air tankers (VLAT), one air attack and two T1 crews (from Payson and Mesa) were assigned to help contain the fast-moving blaze. According to the Arizona State Forestry’s Twitter page, the Phoenix crew and Engine 261 were dispatched to assist.

The crews are using the DC-10 Air Tanker, which is capable of carrying 12,000 gallons of fire retardant or water, which can be released on a fire in about eight seconds.

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