The Sawmill Fire is burning on lands under the jurisdiction of the Coronado National Forest, Bureau of Land Management and the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.
Gusty winds and broken topography have contributed to growth of the fire, burning in tall grass, riparian woodland, mesquite/oak brush, oak woodland, and pinyon-juniper fuel types. Values at risk include homes, ranches and outbuildings, communications facilities, powerlines, and the Arizona National Scenic Trail.
Wednesday, the fire grew to 20,000 acres overnight and was is seven percent contained.
According to officials, about 100 people have been evacuated from the area including residents from Sonoita, Hilton Ranch Road and Rain Valley, according to Manny Cordova. Evacuations orders have been lifted for the communities of Greaterville and Singing Valley. Residents will be allowed through the Highway 83 closure for the sole purpose of accessing their homes. Arizona Highway 83 remains closed to public traffic.
A Red Flag Warning remains in effect through Wednesday evening for gusty conditions and low relative humidity.
The Cactus Fire was reported the Tuesday afternoon. It is located about 16 miles northeast of Mesa. The fire has burned approximately 25 acres near the Phon D Sutton Day Use Area. The fire is burning along the river bottom in the Tonto National Forest putting up smoke that may be seen in the east valley. Fire crews and engines responded and are working to contain the fire. No infrastructure is threatened at the current time. Gusty afternoon winds challenged firefighter efforts yesterday afternoon. Additional firefighters and fire engines are arriving today to assist in the fire suppression effort.
The Bush Highway, which leads to several popular recreation sites along the Lower Salt River is temporarily closed between Power Road and the four-way stop at Usery Park Road. The public is asked to assist firefighters by staying out of the area.