Griffin Fire

UPDATE, 9/3/20: The fire is 100% contained at 61,821 acres.

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UPDATE, 9/2/20: 61,822 acres, 88% contained.

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UPDATE, 8/31/20: According to Officials, “US 60 eastbound east of Globe: Eastbound lanes have reopened between mileposts 251 and 318 after the Griffin Fire. The speed limit between Globe and near Fort Apache Reservation will be reduced to 55 mph to accommodate continued firefighting.”

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UPDATE, 8/30/20: The latest from Officials:

“Highway 60 remains closed between Globe and Show Low. The communities along the east side of Highway 60 (north of Globe) from ADOT yard north to Winters Ranch including Johnson Ranch and McMillianville remain in a “Go” evacuation Status. The San Carlos communities of Upper Gilson and Skill Center have returned to “Ready” status. Highway 60 is closed north of Globe from S. Parker Street (MM251) north to MM318. Highways 188 and 288 are open. Road 1300, near Highway Tanks, Road 900, are closed on the San Carlos Apache Reservation. Temporary Flight Restrictions are in effect. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone.”

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UPDATE, 8/27/20: 60,075 acres, 28% contained.

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UPDATE, 8/26/20: 60,056 acres, 28% contained.

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UPDATE 2, 8/25/20:

Two additional announcements:

1. The Highway is closed in both directions from the 60/70 junction to the State Route 73 junction. Pilot cars will be in use while it’s safe. Indian Route 6 is closed. Rd 1300, 900 on San Carlos are also closed.

2. “The San Carlos communities of Upper Gilson and Skill Center have been put on “Set” Status.”

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UPDATE, 8/25/20: Gila Co. Officials announced moments ago, “The following areas are now in “GO” mode:

All residents on the East side of US Highway 60, North from the ADOT yard to Winters Ranch. Including all residents off Fairgrounds Road, Winters Ranch, and Johnson Ranch.

GO – means Be Alert — Danger in your area is imminent and life threatening.
• Residents should evacuate immediately to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area. Residents should avoid close contact with those who are sick and should practice public health recommendations when relocating.
• If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand emergency services may not be able to assist you further.
• Follow instructions from emergency personnel, stay on designated evacuation routes and avoid closed areas.”

Additionally, “The American Red Cross will be opening a shelter at the Lee Kornegay School 4635 East Ragus Road in Miami.

The Gila County Emergency Operations call center is available to answer questions or concerns by calling (928) 402-8888
weekdays during daytime hours 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.”

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UPDATE, 8/22/20: Officials stated, “The Griffin Fire crossed Highway 60 and has moved onto the San Carlos Apache Reservation. The highway remains closed in both directions from SR-73 (311) to S Vuksanovich Dr (254).” They continue, “Incident personnel will work to protect the Griffin and Tucker Ranches and identify opportunities to keep fire south of Forest Road 330 (Seven Mile Wash Rd.)The fire was also active on the north and east sides of the fire yesterday. Crews were able to burn along a section of Forest Road 220 to extend containment lines on the south flank of the fire. They also continued clearing along Forest Road 220 to the west with heavy equipment. The southeast flank of the fire saw little movement, so fire crews were able to prepare to burn out along Forest Road 224 if necessary. Today they will monitor and hold existing fireline on forest roads 220 and 224 and look for ways to minimize impacts to US 60 on the east flank of the fire.

The fire team is coordinating with fire managers from the San Carlos Apache Tribe to identify values at risk and potential holding features in the area.”

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UPDATE, 8/20/20: The fire is 1,000 acres.

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The Griffin Fire started on Aug. 17th, by lightning. It’s located nearly two miles miles north of the Gin Fire, north of Globe.  It’s 840 acres.