The evening of Tuesday, June 11 was a busy one for emergency responders in the Globe-Miami area. At 6:37 p.m. a request was received for area fire agencies to assist the San Carlos Tribe with a reported hazardous material incident at Apache Gold Casino. A fire engine and chief officer were sent to assist. On their arrival, they coordinated with resources from San Carlos as well as a hazardous materials technician from the Arizona Department of Public Safety. On investigation, it was determined that the incident did not pose a significant life safety risk and the Globe area resources were released.
As crews were returning to the area, a call was received reporting a trailer fire in the area of the fairgrounds. Units from Globe Fire Department and Tri-City Fire District responded. The initial arriving unit reported a building on fire rapidly spreading to the surrounding desert with numerous other buildings threatened. An attack was initiated to address the buildings that were immediately threatened. As the wildland fire continued to spread rapidly, the decision was made to issue pre-evacuation notices to residents living around Homestead Ave. near the fairgrounds. As the immediate threat to structures diminished, responders began to work to contain the spread of the wildfire. Globe Fire Department and Tri-City Fire District units were assisted by both the Gila