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Updated: Mistake Peak Fire grows to 1,700 acres in Tonto National Forest

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Posted: Sunday, August 12, 2012 10:15 pm | Updated: 8:36 am, Tue Aug 14, 2012.

The Mistake Peak Fire in Tonto National Forest has grown to 1,700 acres and is 15 percent contained.

Moving north, the fire has transitioned from grass/brush fuels to Ponderosa Pine timber, which will burn for a longer duration, according to a news release from the National Forest Service.

Extreme heat continues to be a concern for firefighter safety and is accelerating the reduction of moisture, despite recent monsoon rains.

National Guard Blackhawk helicopters were critical in fire suppression efforts Sunday in terrain that is inaccessible to firefighters, and are expected to continue their efforts Monday.

Road closures include:

  • Forest Roads 236 and 236-A.
  • Forest Road 71 at the FR 609 and FR236 junction.
  • Forest Roads 486 and 416.
  • Forest Road 609 at junction with FR 236 and FR 486.

Road closures will affect bear hunting in the area, and could also affect archery deer hunting, which begins Wednesday, according to the release. For more hunting information, call Arizona Game and Fish at (602) 942-3000 or visit http://azgfd.gov/.

For more information on the fire, call Tonto Basin Ranger District at (928) 467-3200 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/tonto online.

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