Gila River riverbed fire at 20 percent containment

  • Source: The Gila Herald
  • Published: 05/15/2024 12:00 AM

PHOTOS: A wildfire burning along the Gila River riverbed between Thatcher and Pima has burned roughly 635 acres and forced the closure of Reay Lane between Norton Road and Safford/Bryce Road. The wildfire was first reported Monday afternoon. The Bureau of Land Management is the primary on the fire and will had an investigator on-site on Tuesday. With no lightning reported in the area, the fire was likely human-caused. Wind gusts and a riverbed full of fuel pushed the fire to the east forcing the closure of Reay Lane on Monday night. The road was still closed Tuesday to take care of some of the heat on the interior, according to BLM PIO Dolores Garcia. “They don’t anticipate any issues to containment,” Garcia said.


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