UPDATE, 4/13/21: The Margo Fire is 100% contained at 1,148 acres. They have determined it was a caused by a human.
UPDATE, 4/10/21: Officials report, “As of 1pm, all utilities have been restored in Dudleyville and the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office lifted the GO status and returned residents to SET mode. Residents returning home are urged to not enter burn areas. Firefighters are still actively working in the area monitoring the perimeter for interior hot spots.
Firefighters were able to get a line around the Margo Fire and secure up its southern edge late Friday night. Minor movement of Margo was expected to the south overnight, but there has been no change in acreage or containment numbers. The fire remains 1,200 acres and 50% contained.”
UPDATE 2, 4/9/21: The fire is 50% contained. Firing operations increased the acreage from 500 to to 1,200. The operations helped secure the fire’s south side, where it’s still predominately located. Dudleyville remains under the GO status.
UPDATE, 4/9/21: Per Officials: “500 acres and 20% contained. Today, firefighters will continue working to secure the open fire line on the south side and keep the fire within the Gila River bed, north of the agricultural fields, east of the two-track boundary, south of San Pedro Road, and west of the town of Dudleyville. Firefighters are also actively engaged to protect values at risk, including the town of Dudleyville, which includes hundreds of homes and commercial structures, San Carlos Power and Electric infrastructure, Salt River Project infrastructure and State Route 77.
GO status (evacuate) remains in place for the town of Dudleyville and incident command will reassess repopulation efforts later Friday. Power lines were deenergized Thursday for firefighter safety now those lines must be assessed for damage before they can be turned back on safely. When it is safe to allow residents to return home, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office will make notifications to residents. Approximately 200 residents were evacuated due to unsafe conditions, high fire activity, smoke impacts, and proximity of involved fuels. A shelter remains open at Ray High School in Kearny.
A fire investigator with the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management arrived on the incident Friday morning. Approximately 100 personnel are assigned to the fire, including DFFM, local cooperators, the Tonto National Forest, the Coronado National Forest, and the Bureau of Land Management. Aircraft will be utilized again today to help with suppression efforts.
The Arizona Department of Transportation reopened SR 77 late Thursday night. Drivers in that area need to use caution as firefighters are working off the roadway.”
Dudleyville residents are currently in GO mode due to the Margo Fire near the town. Northbound State Route 77 at mile post 128 is closed. Ray High School in Kearny has been enacted as an emergency shelter.