UPDATE from Forest Service: As of 6:00 pm, the Wala Fire is 100% contained, and the finale acreage is 6.2 acres. The Wala Fire was reported at 2:15 pm, and was located just east of FS Roads 11 and 143 in the Four Peaks Recreation Area. The Wala Fire remains under investigation. No structures were damaged, and no evacuations are in effect. The FS 143 and 11 roads are now open. Fire crews will remain on scene this evening to monitor the fire and extinguish any remaining hot spots in the fire area.
The fire was relevant to the 4 peaks area and, if it got out of control, it would be relevant to the Butcher Jones area’s rolls and the coves. Thank you to the Forest Service for being on top of it. Luckily, we don’t have Mick’s band to worry about anymore in that area. They are safe on the other side of Bush hwy. This fire season is very very scary because there is sooo much fire fuel (underbrush) in the TNF. Poor hotshots working in this heat. Keeping fingers crossed. SRWHMG.
Original alert from U.S. Forest Service-Tonto National Forest Facebook page:
WILDFIRE ALERT: Fire crews are on scene of a vegetation fire in the Four Peaks Recreation Area. The Wala Fire is located just east of the junction of FS Road 143 and FS Road 11. The fire is approximately 3 acres, burning in grass and brush. The Wala Fire is 0% contained at this time. Firefighters are actively working towards containment of the incident. The 143 road is temporarily closed at the 11 road to provide for firefighter safety. Traffic is congested in this area and additional fire resources are responding. Please avoid the area. Currently, there are 3 Engines on scene. Aircraft has been ordered for the incident. The fire is currently under investigation. There are no structures threatened at this time and no evacuations are in effect. When recreating in the forest during summer months, expect the unexpected. Carry fire extinguishers and plenty of water at all times. Updates on the Wala Fire will be posted as available.