After Thursday's rain, Mistake Peak Fire in Tonto National Forest 50 percent contained - East Valley Tribune: Arizona

After Thursday's rain, Mistake Peak Fire in Tonto National Forest 50 percent contained

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Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012 10:22 pm

The Mistake Peak Fire 12 miles east of Tonto Basin in the Tonto National Forest has grown to 5,120 acres, but with Thursday's rain, crews have the fire 50 percent contained.

More rain is expected in the next few days, according to a news release from the forest service, and fire officials expect crews to continue making good progress toward full containment of the fire that started Aug. 8.

Containment has increased to 50 percent with fireline constructed on the north, south and west sides. Work is already underway to restore firelines that were constructed during suppression operations, the release said. 

There are 419 personnel assigned to the Mistake Peak Fire, including four hotshot crews, six 20-person crews, seven engines, four dozers, three water tenders, and three helicopters. As firelines are secured and mop-up is completed, fire resources will be made available for other assignments across the country.

Closures include:

· A temporary closure at the intersection of Forest Road (FR) 71 and FR 609, heading north, northeast along FR 609 until the junction with FR 416, then east on FR 416 to FR 86, then east on FR 486 to State Route (SR) 288, along the western edge of SR 288 to FR 609, then west along FR 609 to FR 486, south and west along FR 486 to FR 236, south and west along FR 236 to the junction with FR 236A, southwest along FR 236A until FR 71, west along FR 71 to FR 609.

· Cholla Campground (including the entrance road from state highway 188)

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