Lightning ignites fires near New River

NEW RIVER – Firefighters from The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management (ADFFM) and the National Forest were deployed across the state to extinguish several fires that sparked by lightning from recent summer storms.

PICTURED RIGHT: A map showing the perimeter of the area burned in the Daisy Fire near New River in the Tonto National Forest. Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service
PICTURED RIGHT: A map showing the perimeter of the area burned in the Daisy Fire near New River in the Tonto National Forest.
Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

Two of the fires ignited locally; the Bird Fire sparked northwest of Black Canyon City on Thursday, July 26, and the Daisy Fire sparked on New River Mesa in the Tonto National Forest on Friday, July 27.

“With the summer storms, comes the lightning,” stated ADFFM spokesperson Tiffany Davila in a press release. “And with the lightning, comes the fires.”

The Bird Fire ignited about four miles outside of Black Canyon City and burned approximately 20-acres in the Bradshaw Mountains west of Interstate 17 and south of Maggie Mine Road.

The Bird Fire was 100 percent contained by July 30. No injuries were reported, and no structures were damaged, according to ADFFM.

The Daisy Fire was 100 percent contained on July 30 after it burned about 2,600 acres in the Tonto National Forest’s Cave Creek District.

Forest officials stated on July 31 that pockets of smoke may still be visible and could still impact the areas of New River and Black Canyon City.

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