Evacuations Issued for 'Bush Fire' Along State Route 87, Becoming Biggest Active Burning Fire in the Country

June 16, 2020
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Evacuations have been put in place for the Bush Fire along State Route 87 near Bush Highway, which has become the largest active burning fire in the country, according to officials. 

As of June 17, the fire had burned more than 114,000 acres of land and is only 5% contained. No homes or businesses have been destroyed. 

The fire was human-caused, beginning on Saturday June 13 and continuing into Thursday, ABC News reports.

The fire is rivaled only by the Ingakslugwat Hills Fire in Alaska, which has burned about 63,000 acres. Additionally, of the 10 largest fires in the United States, four of them are in Arizona.

Residents in the Sunflower, Tonto Basin, and Punkin Center areas have been placed on "GO" mode of the "READY, SET GO" model. This means residents should evacuate immediately and follow emergency personnel instruction. 

Many Arizonans from Punkin Center, Sunflower, and Apache Lake are sleeping in motels. 

"SET" mode would mean residents would be preparing to evacuate. 

Smoke can be seen from the Beeline Highway as weel as Loop 101 and Loop 202.