Wednesday, June 13, 2012

257 Fire 40 Percent Contained, Temporary Road Closure

The 257 Fire, 3 miles south of Superior has burned 2,640 acres. It is now 40% contained.

Firefighters continue to strengthen containment lines to protect a power line east of the fire. Resolution Copper’s exploratory drilling has been suspended. High daytime temperatures remain a concern for firefighter safety and a potential for heat related illnesses exists.

Many emergency vehicles and others associated with fire suppression efforts are moving along US Highway 60 between Superior and Top of the World. The public is asked to be alert to this added traffic and use extra caution when driving through that area.

Smoke from the 257 Fire is a concern in surrounding communities. For smoke ionformation and  air quality forecasts visit the Department of Environmental Quality website at

Tonto National Forest officials have announced a temporary road closure due to the 257 fire. The closure area includes the Oak Flat Campground. It begins at the intersection of SR 60/177 junction, northeast along the southern edge of SR 60 to Devil's Canyon, south following Devil's Canyon to the forest boundary, following the forest boundary south and southwest to SR 177, then northerly along the eastern edge of SR 177, north to Highway 60.

For more information visit the Tonto National Forest website. For statewide road conditions go to or dial 5-1-1 on your telephone.

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