Woodbury Fire forces evacuation in the Roosevelt area

The Woodbury fire has forced some evacuations in the Roosevelt area. This afternoon at 1:30 PM, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office put out an evacuation order for Roosevelt and Roosevelt Lake area residents. In part the order said:

All residents are asked to GO at this time:

• Go! Evacuate Now.
• If you are unable to evacuate, call 911.

Residents should leave the area immediately. Be sure to take any medications, pets, family valuables etc. with you, close all windows including window coverings, and leave all doors closed.

A temporary shelter facility has been established for community members and small pets at Lee Kornegay School, 4735 S Ragus Rd., Miami, AZ, 85539. Livestock are being sheltered at the Gila County Fairgrounds. For those who are unable to evacuate livestock, paint phone numbers on animals for future identification before turning them loose.

The Woodbury fire has consumed more than 50,000 acres. The perimeter of the fire is approximately 41% contained, but fire officials have little hope of extinguishing the fire without the help of monsoon rains. There are currently 877 firefighters battling the blaze.