Margo Fire destroyed 12 homes near Dudleyville, Arizona

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The fire has burned 1,148 acres

Map of the Margo Fire at Dudleyville, Arizona
Map of the Margo Fire at Dudleyville, Arizona, April 9, 2021.

The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reports that the 1,148-acre Margo Fire at Dudleyville, Arizona has destroyed 12 residences and 5 outbuildings. Investigators have ruled out lightning, and say it is human-caused.

All closed roads have reopened and the evacuation orders have been reduced to “set” —  be ready to evacuate if necessary.

On Saturday firefighters had a control line around the fire.

Margo Fire Dudleyville Arizona
Margo Fire. Photo via Arizona Dept. Forestry & Fire Management.

The fire started April 8 at about 9 a.m. Most of the spread was to the south along the river bottom through dense tamarisk.

Dudleyville is north of Tucson, on Highway 77 about 20 air miles north of Oracle.

Margo Fire Dudleyville Arizona
Margo Fire. Photo via Arizona Dept. Forestry & Fire Management.
Margo Fire Dudleyville Arizona
Margo Fire. Photo via Arizona Dept. Forestry & Fire Management.

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Update on the fire in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

The fire in North Dakota has burned about 5,000 acres

7:07 p.m. MDT April 9, 2021

Horse Pasture Fire
Fire activity on the Horse Pasture Fire April 8, 2021 as islands of unburned fuel within the perimeter continue to burn. NPS photo.

Below is an update on the Horse Pasture Fire in Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. It was released by the Park Service Friday afternoon April 9, 2021.


Fire activity on the Horse Pasture Fire remained high on Thursday, however no new growth was reported. Strong winds continued to be a challenge for firefighters, as they worked to keep the fire within established firelines. Flare ups were visible as large pockets of unburned fuel within the perimeter were consumed.

As of Thursday evening, the fire is estimated to be 5,000 acres in size with 70% containment. The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the area through Friday evening, with winds forecasted from the northwest at 20 mph with gusts as high as 30 mph. Red Flag conditions may continue into the weekend.

Over 80 firefighters from state and federal agencies are working to suppress the fire.

Initial Attack resources assigned to the Horse Pasture Fire were dispatched Thursday evening to assist with a new fire southwest of Williston near Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site.

Several closures remain in place. The North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park remains closed. The McKenzie Ranger District of the Little Missouri National Grasslands closed the CCC Campground, the northernmost portion of the Maah Daah Hey Trail, the Long X and Sunset Trail, Summit Campground, and the Summit Overlook, and Viewpoint Trails.

Map Horse Pasture Fire April 7, 2021
Map of the Horse Pasture Fire, April 7, 2021.

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Margo Fire prompts evacuations in Dudleyville, Arizona

Updated at 1:14 p.m. MDT April 9, 2021

The Margo Fire has burned approximately 500 acres at Dudleyville, Arizona, according to information released Friday morning by the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management. They expect to have a more accurate estimate of size after they have GPS’d the perimeter.

On Friday firefighters are continuing to secure the open fire line on the south side and intend to keep the fire within the Gila River bed, north of the agricultural fields, south of San Pedro Road, and west of the town of Dudleyville.

Afternoon winds on Friday will likely pose another challenge for firefighters as they continue toward full suppression efforts. The weather forecast predicts 17 mph afternoon winds out of the northwest gusting to 25, with 90 degrees and 5 percent relative humidity.

Aircraft will be utilized again Friday to assist firefighters. Approximately 75-100 personnel are assigned to the fire.

Evacuation orders remain in place for the town of Dudleyville. That status will be evaluated later on Friday. Before the power lines can be reenergized, they must be assessed for damage.

Map of Margo Fire
Map showing the approximate location of the Margo Fire, morning of April 9, 2021

Originally published at 6:37 p.m. MDT April 8, 2021

Map of the Margo Fire
Map of the Margo Fire, showing heat detected by satellites as late as 3:48 p.m. MDT April 8, 2021.

The Margo Fire is burning in the town of Dudleyville, Arizona along the river bottom through dense tamarisk. As of 1:30 p.m. on Thursday all residents of Dudleyville were ordered to evacuate by the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.

Firefighters are challenged by strong winds and multiple spot fires.

An emergency shelter has been sent up at the Ray High School in Kearney. The Arizona Department of Transportation has closed NB State Route 77 at mile post 128.

Margo Fire at Dudleyville, AZ
Margo Fire at Dudleyville, AZ, April 8, 2021. Photo by Pinal County Sheriff’s Office

Dudleyville is north of Tucson, on Highway 77 about 20 air miles north of Oracle.

At 6:10 p.m. on Thursday, a spokesperson for Arizona State Forestry said the fire had burned about 150 acres. Approximately 75 to 100 personnel are assigned. The agency said 12 structures are confirmed destroyed. They did not specify if the structures were residences or outbuildings.

Margo Fire April 8, 2021
Margo Fire, Air attack photo, April 8, 2021

 

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North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park still closed due to wildfire

The Horse Pasture Fire has burned about 5,000 acres in North Dakota

MD-87 drops on the Horse Pasture Fire in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, April, 2021.
MD-87 drops on the Horse Pasture Fire in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, April, 2021. Photo courtesy of NPS.

The National Park Service said Tuesday morning that the Horse Pasture Fire which has required the closure of the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, has grown to about 5,000 acres. A portion of the 2,000-acre increase over the size announced Monday is a result of burning out to secure firelines. The fire is also burning in the Little Missouri National Grassland north of the park.

The cause is still under investigation. Light winds Monday night and expected on Tuesday had fire personnel optimistic as they continue to contain the blaze. At this time, there is no reported structure damage, but the CCC campground and other infrastructure in the park are still at risk, as well as some private residences on the north end of the fire.

As of 6 p.m. Tuesday afternoon the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park was still closed due to the fire.

Map of the Horse Pasture Fire
Map of the Horse Pasture Fire showing heat detected by a satellite as late as 3:06 p.m. MDT April 5, 2021.

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