Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management - State Office
1110 W. Washington Suite 100 Phoenix Arizona 85007
Phoenix, AZ 85007
While this outlook is specifically for the Bush Fire, it is relevant for the Central Fire due to close proximity
Multiple fires are burning across Arizona with numerous locations seeing occasional smoke impacts.
Fire Information The Bush Fire is estimated at 186,086 acres with 1,573 acres of growth as of Monday morning, and is now 45 percent contained. Fire activity has substantially decreased with successful suppression tactics and favorable weather. A new fire is burning just East of I-17 at New River named the Central Fire. This fire is estimated at 3,956 ac and has moved to the top of New River Mesa and continues to move to the northeast, away from structures.
Smoke Discussion Today will be a repeat of yesterdays weather with decreased winds and settling of smoke over rim country. Impacts should continue to improve as the fire is contained. However, unburned fuels within the perimeter continue to burn making fire and smoke possible. Brief smoke impacts may be expected through the day, however, at a lower intensity and duration from days past. Smoke will be moving predominantly from Tonto Basin North to Payson, spread East and west along Rim Country with potential impacts to Heber-Overgarrd, Show Low, Fort Apache Reservation along with the I-17 corridor north of Phoenix. The compounding of smoke from the two fires may bring moderate smoke impacts into the North and East areas of metro Phoenix.
Extended Outlook A pattern of high pressure and lighter South to Southwest wind will continue into the week that may again allow smoke to linger in the areas mentioned above