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Woodbury Fire

Unit Information

Tonto National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2324 E. McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85006

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Incident Contact

Woodbury Fire Information
Phone: 505-399-2439

Highlighted Activity

06/17/2019 Woodbury Fire Morning Update - June 17, 2019
Woodbury Fire Update - June 17, 2019, 9:00 a.m.Location of Origin: 5 miles NW of Superior, AZ Jurisdiction: Tonto National Forest, AZ State LandStart Date: June 8, 2019Size: 37,765 acres Percent...
News - 06/17/2019

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday June 08th, 2019 approx. 01:30 PM
Location5 miles NW of Superior, AZ
Incident CommanderRich Nieto - Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team 2
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates33.409 latitude, -111.199 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel747
Size37,765 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained6%
Estimated Containment DateMonday July 01st, 2019 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Tall Grass (2.5 feet)

Brush (2 feet)

Chaparral (6 feet)


Abundant fully cured invasive and native grasses at all elevations; increased presence of invasive species lower on slopes in Sonoran Desert ecosystems. Pockets of brush occur primarily on N and E aspects at

lower elevation slopes. Continuous stands of brush, mesquite, and Pinyon-Juniper exist at higher

elevations. Some scattered timber stringers with litter at higher elevations.

Significant Events

Active, Uphill Runs, Running Flanking

Fire remains active with a column initiating just before noon and persisting through the day. Triple digit temps and single digit RHs continue to support additional growth where heat sources are present. Continuous brush fields at higher elevations are now contributing to active fire spread with higher fire intensity. Spread is primarily to the NE in higher terrain. Sonoran Desert fuels continue to burn on the SW slopes with short residence time. Spotting been observed but is not a significant contributor of fire spread. 29


Planned Actions

Use direct and indirect attack operations to minimize impact to values at risk including major infrastructure, transportation corridors, private residences, public property, recreation areas, riparian waterways, threatened and endangered species (Mexican Spotted Owl) and Sonoran Desert ecosystem. Point protection is being implemented in the area northeast of the fire area. Use air support for aerial ignition to lessen the effects of the approaching fire front.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours:

Fire progression to the NE in brush fuels above 4500' will continue during the next 12 hour period. Strong column persisting through the operational period with a SW transport wind. Lower elevation grass and shrub fuels will continue to progress to the west and south where sources of heat are present. Pockets of grass/shrub will continue to "chew around" in less extensive areas.

24 hours:

Overnight fire spread will continue due to fair-poor humidity recovery, providing increased activity by late morning. High ROS are expected in grass/shrub fuels and will increase with topography and wind alignment. During the day fire spread is expected to continue to the NE at higher elevations in continuous heavy shrub fuels (with Pinyon Pine-Juniper mix) with areas of high intensity fire behavior on steeper slopes.

48 hours:

Continued hot/dry conditions with increasing atmospheric instability will provide similar burning conditions that have been observed in previous days. Heavy shrub fuels at higher elevations (NE side of fire) will produce areas of high intensity fire activity and increased acres;

while lighter fuels on the south and west side of the fire continue to show diminished heat due to suppression action.

72 hours: Triple-digit temperatures, single-digit relative humidity, Haines 6, with increasing winds may produce a significant increase in fire behavior by Thursday.

Anticipated after 72 hours:Hot and dry conditions will persist into the foreseeable future that will pro


Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Continued hotter and drier conditions with Haines 6 conditions developing by late week. Increasing winds from west expected by late week coupled with hot/dry conditions are likely to increase fire activity. Current conditions are providing extended burn periods, with observations of pockets of active fire behavior through the night. Strong daytime heating followed by night time cooling is producing nocturnal downslope winds.