Horseshoe Fire

Fire officials continue to monitor Horseshoe Lake area after brush fire

By TARA ALATORRE

CAVE CREEK – A brush fire that ignited at approximately 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, near Horseshoe Dam and lake recreation area burned 28 acres, according to Tonto National Forest officials.

Although the Horseshoe Fire is now contained, firefighters were still on the scene in the Cave Creek Ranger District as of July 15, to monitor for hot-spots and performing mop-up operations. No structures were damaged, and no injuries were reported, fire officials said.

Aerial support aided firefighters in suppressing the Horseshoe Fire on July 13.
(USDA Forest Service photo)

”Officials did ask people recreating in the area to relocate – for their own safety and to enable firefighters and their equipment deal with the fire,” stated a Facebook post by Tonto National Forest.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) sent out a tweet on July 13, at 3:47 p.m. that its deputies were helping recreationists exit the River Mesquite, Horseshoe and Willow Wash campgrounds.

About 20 to 30 vehicles and approximately 15 to 20 people relocated or self-evacuated the campgrounds, according to MCSO.

At the time this was written it was unclear if campgrounds were expected to reopen.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

For more information about closures and updates visit fs.usda.gov/tonto or call the Cave Creek Ranger District at 480-595-3300.