The human-caused Woodbury Fire continues to burn in the Tonto National Forest. Forest officials report that as of Saturday evening, the Woodbury Fire had covered 79,944 acres.
Containment of the fire decreased from 42 percent to 34 percent on Friday. Authorities say this is not uncommon as the fire grows.
The fire increased in size on Friday, adding another 14,441 acres as the wind pushed the fire north and north eastward. The growth occurred along the west fork of Pinto and Spencer canyons, and Campaign Creek.
The south and west side of the fire closest to Apache Junction, Queen Valley and Gold Canyon remains dormant.
According to Tonto National Forest officials, the Woodbury Fire was “less active on Saturday than in recent days. Minimal fire growth allowed the construction of direct fireline by hotshot crews.”