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Roosevelt Lake Residents Ordered To Evacuate Due To Woodbury Fire

By Chloe Jones, Phil Latzman
Published: Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 3:19pm
Updated: Friday, June 21, 2019 - 8:48am

map of the woodbury fire
The Woodbury Fire has grown to more than 50,000 acres.

Evacuations have been ordered for the Superstition Wilderness area as the Woodbury Fire continues to blaze. The fire near the Superstition Mountains has been burning for almost two weeks.

The Gila County Office of Emergency Management has announced an evacuation alert for Roosevelt and Roosevelt Lake.

An alert from the county's emergency manager says, "Residents should leave the area immediately. Be sure to take any medications, pets, family valuables etc. with you, close all windows including window coverings, and leave all doors closed." 

A temporary shelter has been set up for affected residents and small pets at Lee Kornegay School in Miami. Residents who are unable to evacuate should call 911.

The fire has grown to more than 100 square miles (about 66,000 acres) and remains 42 percent contained. According to the Fire Incident Information System, it is not expected to be fully contained until July 1.

Due to hot and dry weather combined with 20 to 22 mph winds, conditions have fueled extended burn periods and continue to be challenging for combating the fire. 

Woodbury Fire
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The Woodbury Fire burning on the face of the hills above Gold Canyon on June 13, 2019.