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Currently estimated at 260 acres, the Brady Fire has prompted emergency closures in the Coconino and Tonto National Forests near Payson.

Hot, dry, windy conditions combined with steep and complex terrain have made the fire difficult to fight since it started on Friday.

Burning in the Mogollon Rim area, the U.S. Forest Service has closed roads and trails to the east of Milk Ranch Point and north of Control Road. See the bottom of this page for the current forest closure map for the Brady Fire.

Additionally, Camp Geronimo (a boy scout camp) and Shadow Ridge Camp (a girl scout camp) are currently in “SET” evacuation status. SET or GO notifications will come from the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.

On a positive note, precipitation fell on the area today, and with rain in the forecast in the upcoming days, a decrease in fire activity is expected. As such, command of the fire will transition to a Type 3 Incident Management Team . Currently, approximately 300 crew members are assigned to the fire, which includes hotshots, hand crews, engines, water tenders, dozers, and helicopters.

Management intends to keep the fire away from the nearby Washington Park community. Additional information on the fire is available on Inciweb.

Brandy Fire Closure Area Map

brady fire closure area mapThis closure is in effect until September 7th, 2023. However, additional closures may occur after the initial closure order expires.

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Jake Case

Jake is a naturalist, writer, and landscape photographer from Arizona. A geographer by education, he’s worked as a park ranger with the National Park Service, a tour guide at the Grand Canyon South Rim, and a docent at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West. Jake has seriously practiced landscape photography since 2009. You can learn more about Jake on the About page.

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