APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. (AP) - A wildfire burning grass and brush in rugged terrain of the Tonto National Forest east of metro Phoenix has caused the closure of a two-lane scenic state highway with cliffside sections along the Salt River and several recreational lakes.
The Arizona Department of Transportation said Friday an extended closure of State Route 88 between State Route 188 at Roosevelt Lake and about 2 miles (3 kilometers) northeast of Apache Junction is possible.
Fire managers said the human-caused fire was being fanned by high temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds. As of Sunday morning, the fire has burned 34,490 acres of land and is zero percent contained.
Authorities say no communities or cities are threatened at this time and about 600 firefighters and other personnel are assigned to the fire.
Update on Woodbury Fire:— SFMD (@sfmd_az_gov) June 14, 2019
Due to operational needs of the fire, Apache Lake and Canyon Lake will be closed. HWY 88 will be closed at Needle Vista & HWY 88, and East at HWY 88 and 188. They are not evacuating people that are currently there but are not letting people back in. pic.twitter.com/P40Irt9YAk
Woodbury Fire closes State Route 88 from Apache Junction area to Roosevelt Lake. The closure near AJ is at Weavers Needle Vista Viewpoint, milepost 203. #WoodburyFire @ArizonaDOT https://t.co/fh3qSI5GC0— Christine Goodfriend (@GoodfriendC) June 14, 2019
#WoodburyFire Closures: State Highway 88 from Needle Vista east to the junction of State Highway 88 and State Highway 188.— Tonto NF (@TontoForest) June 14, 2019
The closures will also include: · Tortilla Flat · Canyon Lake · Apache Lake · Campsites along State Highway 88 within the road closure area. #AZFire
The incident management team will have a community meeting on Sunday, June 16 at 2:00 p.m. at the Roosevelt Baptist Church located on State Highway 188, Roosevelt, AZ 85545.
The Tonto National Forest has implemented fire restrictions. Find them here.