The Poco Fire, 6 miles norteast of Young, has now burned nearly 12,000 acres. It is 25% contained. The two 500 kV power
lines owned by APS and Salt River Project are no longer threatened.
Fire crews responded to a new fire yesterday
on the Tonto National Forest. The 177 Fire started along Arizona 177 near
Milepost 164. It is about 6 miles south of Superior. The fire has burned
about 10 acres.
Four engines, two crews, a helicopter and an air reponse crew
worked to contain the fire yesterday (Thursday) afternoon.
The 177 Fire forced the Arizona Department
of Transportation to close Arizona 177 at the Arizona 60 junction. That road is
The Fox Fire in the Coronado National
Forest has burned 7,500 acres in a remote section of the Rincon Wilderness. It
is 60% contained.
The Sunflower Fire in the Tonto National
Forest is still 80% contained after burning more than 17,000 acres.
Last night Globe Police contacted 21 year old Anthony
Gonzales after a report of a suspicious vehicle on Santee Street.. In addition
to an outstanding warrant, Gonzales was charged with possession of dangerous
drugs and drug paraphernalia.
A 52 year old Montana man was arrested for theft at Pizza
46 year old Joseph Root was arrested for trespassing at a
vacant house on Highland Drive.
Officers are investigating a theft at Copper Country Mobile
Home Park; criminal damage at a business on Devereaux; and a delayed domestic
violence report taken at a residence on Escudilla Drive.
Miami Police arrested 49 year old Alfred Fuentes on a
failure to appear warrant for disorderly conduct.
Fire activity decreased yesterday on the Poco fire. The fire
has now burned 11,011 acres and is still 15% contained. Crews continue to hold
and improve existing fire lines on the north, east and south sides of the fire.
Today (Thursday) firefighters will extend and reinforce fire lines by continuing burn-out operations.
During burn-out operations yesterday (Wednesday), a
firefighter was burned on his neck and is being treated for his injuries.
The two 500 kV power lines owned by APS and Salt River
Project have been re-energized.
Smoke is widespread along the Mogollon Rim and will be
visible to residents.
More than 700 firefighters have been assigned to the
Tonto National Forest officials have announced two temporary
closure areas. One includes the area in and around the Fossil Creek Wilderness.
The other includes the Mt. Ord, Four
Peaks and Three Bar Wildlife Area.
closures are the result of public safety
concerns due to drought conditions, hot temperatures and increased fire danger.
area closures are within the following boundaries:
1.All National Forest System Lands, roads and trails described
as follows: Beginning at Forest Road 708
at the Fossil Springs Trailhead thence proceeding southeasterly along the power
line corridor following the Mazatzal Wilderness Boundary; thence easterly along
the power line corridor to the junction of Forest Trail 540 (FT540);
thence easterly and southeasterly along the power line corridor to the Tonto
Natural Bridge State Park; thence easterly along Forest System Road 583 to State Highway 87;
thence southerly following State Highway
87 to the Intersection with State Highway 260;
thence easterly along State Highway 260 to the junction of the Colcord
Road (Forest Road 291); thence easterly and southerly along FR 291 to Forest
Road 512; thence northerly along FR 512 to the Forest boundary at the top of
the Mogollon Rim; thence westerly along the Mogollon Rim and Tonto National
Forest Boundary to the Fossil Springs Trailhead at Forest Road 708.
2.All National Forest System Lands, roads and trails within the
Mt Ord, Four Peaks and Three Bar Wildlife Area, more specifically described as
follows: bounded by Highway 87 on the west beginning at the intersection with
Forest System Road 143; thence northerly along the eastern edge of State
Highway 87 to the intersection with State Highway 188; thence southerly along
the western edge of Highway 188 to the Salt River corridor; thence westerly
along the north side of the Salt river corridor including the north shores of Apache
Lake, Canyon Lake and Saguaro Lake to Cottonwood Creek; thence northerly along
Cottonwood creek to the intersection with Forest System Road 401; continuing
northerly on Forest System Road 401 to the intersection with Forest System Road
143; thence westerly on Forest System Road 143 terminating at the intersection
with State Highway 87.
Forest System Road 583 from State Highway 87 will remain
open for access to Tonto Natural Bridge State Park. State Highways 87, 260 and
188 are open.
All fireworks are prohibited in the
forest at all times. Under current restrictions,
target-shooting is prohibited throughout the forest.
For statewide road conditions and closures visit www.az511.gov or dial 5-1-1 on your telephone.
From outside Arizona, dial 1-888-411-ROAD (7623) or 602-523-0244.
For more information about forest recreation sites and fire
restrictions, contact the Tonto National
Forest at (602) 225-5200, or check online at www.fs.usda.gov/tonto.
Lupe J. Hernandez of Miami passed away June 16 in Mesa. She was
Visitation for Lupe Hernandez will be Saturday at 9:am at
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church. Rosary is at 9:30 and Mass is at
Johnnie P. Shaw of Globe passed away June 14 at Heritage Healthcare
Center. She was 95. She is survived by 5 children; her brother; 13
grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.
A graveside committal of cremains will be held tomorrow (Friday)
at 10:am at Old Globe Cemetery.
Last night Globe Police and Globe Fire Department responded
to a report of an assault at a business
on North Willow Street. A man was treated for minor injuries. The suspects left
before police arrived. An Attempt to Locate bulletin was sent to surrounding
law enforcement agencies. The case is under investigation.
Officers are investigating a burglary at a business on North
The Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 21 year old Carlos
Martinez on a contempt of court warrant for shoplifting.
Deputies are investigating a burglary at Holiday Hills
Mobile Home Park.
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%
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.
The Gila County DUI Task Force will be conducting a DUI
enforcement checkpoint on Saturday, June 30 between 8:pm and 2:am. The location
will be US Highway 70 at the intersection of High Desert Middle School.
The Gila County DUI Task Force is made up of officers from the Department of Public Safety, the Gila
County Sheriff’s Office, and the Globe, Miami and San Carlos Police
In addition to the checkpoint, roving patrols will also be working
throughout the county over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
The Gila County Attorney’s Office and local law enforcement
agencies conducted a Father’s Day Child Support Warrant Roundup this past
weekend. Officers from each department searched for and arrested parents whom
the Gila County Superior Court had issued warrants for due to delinquent court
ordered child support payments. Many of the offenders had multiple warrants
issued for non-payment of support.
The Warrant Roundup resulted in the arrest of 9 non-custodial
parents with 12 warrants executed and purge payment amounts totaling more than
$9,000. Two arrests were also made on outstanding warrants other than child
Nobody was hurt in a one vehicle rollover accident yesterday
morning on Highway 70. No
citations were issued.
Last night Globe Police arrested 38 year old Heather Johnson
for disorderly conduct. Johnson also had four outstanding warrants.
31 year old Jimmy
Golden was arrested on a failure to appear warrant for domestic
29 year old Courtney Gutierrez was arrested on a failure to
comply warrant for endangering the health and life of a minor.
43 year old Terrance Gutierrez was arrested on a failure to comply warrant
48 year old Frank
Hawthorne was arrested on a failure to pay warrant for driving with a suspended
Globe Police arrested 52 year old Ray Robles on a child
39 year old Cory Steveson was arrested on a child support
Gila County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two people after a
disturbance at a residence on Yuma Trail. 21 year old Hillary Garcia and 41
year old Jessica Garcia were both
charged with disorderly conduct and domestic violence.
Deputies are investigating a hit and run accident at the Tri
City Fire Department and a report of telephone harassment taken at a residence
in Ice House Canyon.
Phoenix Police arrested 42 year old Merrill Jewkes
The Gila County Board of Supervisors Work Session starts today (Tuesday) at 10:am.
They’ll review the bids submitted in response to a Request
for Proposals to provide youth development services in the Gila/Pinal Workforce
Investment Area for 2012-2013. Then they’ll choose the lowest, responsible and
Yesterday the Gila County Sheriff’s Office arrested 25 year old Pamela Zufelt at a residence in
Alhambra Mobile Home Park for domestic violence/disorderly conduct.
68 year old Dennis William of Sacramento was arrested late
Friday night in the area of Beer Tree and Jesse Hayes for indecent exposure,
criminal nuisance and drinking in public.
42 year old Ingnacio Renteria was arrested on Friday on a
failure to appear warrant on a charge of fraud.
Several people were arrested separately on Friday for child
support warrants. They were 58 year old Larry Channell; 38 year old Mark Amado;
34 year old Davy Martinez; 37 year old Heather Mastin; and 43 year old Harold
Deputies are investigating criminal damage at a residence on
Central Drive; a stolen firearm in the Windy Hill area; and a delayed hit and
run report taken at a residence on Morrow.
Phoenix Police arrested 32 year old Jeri Stark of Globe on a
failure to pay warrant for issuing bad checks.
Miami Police arrested 39 year old John Willard on a failure
to appear warrant for unlawful use of means of transportation, criminal damage
On Saturday Globe Police arrested 48 year old Darrell White
at Copper Country Mobile Home Park for domestic violence assault.
27 year old Melisa Vasquez was arrested at Monroe and East Street
for domestic violence/assault.
29 year old Eric Adams was arrested for domestic criminal
21 year old Allen Gates was arrested for disorderly conduct
after a fight at a business on North Broad Street.
19 year old Eduarto Armenta was arrested for unlawful
41 year old James Harris was arrested on Friday for assault.
Two people were arrested Friday night at a business on North
Broad Street after a call about a man threatening with a gun. 21 year old Benny
Gudino was charged with aggravated assault, threats and intimidation,
disorderly conduct and prohibited possessor. 26 year old Gabriel Flores of Mesa
was arrested for hindering prosecution.
50 year old Gerald Torrez was arrested for trespassing at a
business on South Hill Street.
Officers are investigating a domestic assault report taken
at a business on Hill Street; a theft at a residence on East Skyline; a
burglary at a residence on Manzanita; criminal damage at a business on Highway
60; criminal damage at the Cobra Village Apartments; and a runaway juvenile
report taken at a residence on North Main Street.