Bush Fire Evacuation Order lifted for some communities


Sheriff J. Adam Shepherd would like to release the following information regarding lifting the evacuation orders for the communities of Tonto Basin, Punkin Center, Pioneer Pass, Brownsville, Slate Creek, and Jake’s Corner.

On June 21, at 9 a.m. residents residing within the evacuated communities from Jake’s Corner to Tonto Basin were allowed to return home. Fire personnel have determined that conditions are favorable for the safe return of our citizens.

Roadblocks will remain on State Route 87 at the State Route 188 Junction (Beeline Highway at the Roosevelt Lake turn off) and on State Route 188 at the State Route 88 junction (Roosevelt Dam). Only residents will be allowed to return to their homes. Please be prepared to show proof that you live in one of the listed communities.

State Route 87 from State Route 188 to Bush Highway will remain closed until further notice and residents of the Tonto Basin and surrounding communities will remain in the “Set” mode until further notice.

Sheriff Shepherd extended his thanks to all those affected by the evacuation for their patience and cooperation. The evacuation order was in place for the protection of not only residents but those responsible for fire containment and security. Sheriff Shepherd also added there were no homes lost or personnel injured.

The Bush Fire is over 184,531 acres (based on infrared flight) with 42 percent containment as of Monday morning, June 22.

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