2020 is burning out with hopefully the last fire for a long time in the Tonto National Forest. Appropriately named the Christmas Fire it currently does not endanger any wild horses.
We are keeping an eye on it however, because should it jump Bush Hwy, which we have seen so many fires do this summer, then all of their habitat would be in danger once again.
U.S. Forest Service-Tonto National Forest
December 27th 9pm
WILDFIRE ALERT: The Christmas Fire is burning east of Bush Highway in the Rolls OHV area near the FS Road 1808/FS Road 1863 junction on the Mesa Ranger District. The fire is currently 60 acres, burning in grass and brush with 0% containment. There are no structures threatened, and no evacuations are in effect. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Firefighters will remain on scene into the evening, working towards containment. There are no closures associated with the Christmas Fire, however, please use extreme caution if recreating in the area. Fire crews will be traveling in the area performing suppression operations.
Please be careful with all fire ignition sources when recreating in the forest. For tips on responsible recreation, please visit our website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/tonto