The Arizona Central West Zone Incident Management Team assumed responsibility for the direction of the suppression efforts on the State Fire, west and north of Portage at 6 a.m., on Tuesday morning. So far the lightning-ignited fire has burned over 21,000 acres.
Strong, gusty winds throughout Monday kept the fire running and torching in the steep, rugged terrain. Low humidity and dense, dry fuels of timber, grass and undergrowth, have contributed to the fires extreme behavior. A total of 223 firefighters and personnel, including three helicopters, have established a secure line around the south side of the fire as it spreads to the north, east and west sides. Dozers have been used to tie in established roads at the heel of the fire, keeping it from backtracking. Dozer lines have been pushed into Allridge Canyon.
A public meeting will be held this evening at 7 p.m., at the Malad Elementary School, 250 W. 400 N. Plans for fire suppression and progress being made in battling the State Fire will be presented.