PHOENIX — The wildfire season has taken a turn for the worse as a fire exploded on the Tonto National Forest over the weekend.
The Mountain fire was reported shortly before noon June 7 according to officials. Burning north and east of Phoenix, the fire blossomed to 7,225 acres as of June 8.
“The fire is completely on the Tonto National Forest, burning east and northeast toward Horseshoe and Bartlett Lake. The Bartlett Dam Road has been closed at the intersection with Cave Creek Road. This closure is expected to continue through the weekend,” The USDA wrote in a release. “Command of the fire was transferred to the Central West Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team at 6 a.m. (Saturday) morning.”
The fire is believed to have been started from human origin, and the cause is under investigation.
Roughly 243 personnel were working to contain the fire as of press time.