The Gila County Board of Supervisors held an emergency meeting yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon to declare a state of emergency in Gila County due to the Poco Fire, 6 miles northeast of Young.
The Gila County Emergency Hotline number is 402-8888 or 1-800-304-4452.
The Poco fire was very active yesterday and is now estimated at 8,100 acres after spreading rapidly to the east. The fire is still only 15% contained.
The fire spread under a portion of the two 500 kV electrical transmission lines that supply energy to the Phoenix and Tucson areas. The lines are currently inactive and will be evaluated for future re-energizing.
Today crews will contend with an excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service.
A fire in the Pinal Mountains, 7 miles southwest of Globe has been completely contained. That fire burned about two acres.
The Comet Fire that burned around 200 acres 11 miles from Superior is also 100% contained.
The 257 fire, about four miles southeast of Superior, is 85% contained.
The Sunflower Fire, 20 miles from Payson, is 80% contained.
The Fox Fire that started over the weekend in the Coronado National Forest is 10% contained. That fire has burned 3,400 acres.