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Superstition Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Eric Solomon
Phone: 480-399-9585

Highlighted Activity

08/31/2020 Superstition (final) & Hidden Fire Updates 8-31-2020
 Superstition and Hidden Fire Update – August 31, 2020 Superstition Fire Acres: 9,539                                                                       ...
News - 08/31/2020
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 SUPERSTITION FIRE: 


This is the final update for the Superstition Fire. The Southwest Area Incident Management Team 2 led by Incident Commander John Pierson thanks the local communities and cooperators for your support during suppression of Superstition Fire.

YESTERDAY: 

 
Firefighters patrolled and monitored the perimeter. TheSuperstitionFire showed minimal growth yesterday. The area has received significant rainfall and grassy fuels that have previously enabled fire spread have mostly burned over.

TODAY’S ACTIVITY: 

 
Minimal fire behavior is expected on the Superstition Fire today. Fire crews will continue to monitor the fire perimeter The Southwest Area Incident Management Team 2 has returned fire management to the local unit.

SUPERSTITION FIRE CLOSURES:

Hwy 88 closures have been lifted.

Canyon Lake and all surrounding recreation areas remain closed.

Lost Dutchman, all surrounding trailheads and trails remain closed.

Areas west of Peralta Canyon Road, areas north of Peralta Canyon Road, and the Peralta Trail.

Canyon Lake Recreational areas – please visit Tonto NF website for closure information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/home/?cid=FSEPRD759501

View the closure order and map at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/7046/

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginThursday August 20th, 2020 approx. 01:30 AM
Incident CommanderSW Type 1 Team 2 John Pierson Incident Commander
Coordinates33.405 latitude, -111.385 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel198
Size9,539 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday September 15th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Short Grass (1 foot)

Brush (2 feet)

Dormant Brush, Hardwood Slash

Narrative:

Fire is burning in low-to-mid elevation Sonoran desert grasslands.

These grasslands (GS2) contain

multiple species of cacti, mesquite, and grasses.

The grass coverage is more extensive this season than

typical allowing fire to move consistently as a flank, but the predominance of grasses and fine fuels also allows environmental factors to influence combustion and receptivity significantly as well.

Significant Events

Minimal

Flanking

Backing

Smoldering

Minimal fire behavior observed on the Superstition Fire. Overnight humidity recovery and higher daily

minimum humidity combined to limit the receptiveness of grass fuels to sustain ignition. The primary

area of activity was in the northeast corner where fire continued to move east out of Second Water

Canyon upslope over an unnamed knife ridge and began to back downslope towards the western side of

West Boulder Canyon.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Monitor fire spread by air and ground.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Primary growth over the

next 12 hours is expected to be negligible as cloud cover is expected to increase as well as humidity levels and the possibility of measurable precipitation.

24 hours:

Little to no growth is expected. Any additional growth is expected to continue filling in the gap between Second Water Creek and West Boulder Canyon, north of Yellow Peak and south of Battleship Mountain.

48 hours:

Little to no growth is expected. Any additional growth is expected to continue filling in the gap between Second Water Creek and West Boulder Canyon, north of Yellow Peak and south of Battleship Mountain.

72 hours:

Minimal fire behavior or growth. Unburned island within the fire perimeter will likely have either completed burnout of available fuels, or self-extinguished.

Anticipated after 72 hours:

Minimal fire behavior or growth. Unburned island within the fire perimeter will likely have either completed burnout of available fuels, or self-extinguished.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Current: Showers/storms have remained North and East.

Temperatures are just a few degrees cooler and Relative Humidities have trended up 3-5%.

Sunday: A flash flood watch is effect with heavy rain possible into Sunday evening.

Clouds/rain will keep temps near 90-95, Relative Humidity up near 35%.

The chance of rain is 40-50%.

Outflow winds, lightning, and flooding are the main concerns.