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 putting up smoke across Arizona with much of the state smelling smoke and numerous locations seeing occasional smoke impacts.
The Bush Fire is estimated at 186,086 ac with no new perimeter growth as of Tuesday morning, and is now 61 percent contained. Successful suppression tactics and favorable weather has led to substantially less fire and smoke. The Central fire is burning just East of I-17 at New River. This fire is estimated at 4,499 ac with 543 ac of growth and is 23 percent contained. The fire has moved to the top of New River Mesa and has considerably slowed movement to the northeast, away from structures.
Today will be a repeat of yesterdays weather with decreased winds and potential of settling smoke over rim country. Impacts should continue to improve as the fire consumes interior fuel. Brief smoke impacts may be expected through the day in the Tonto Basin, however, at a lower intensity and duration from days past. Smoke will creep from Tonto Basin Northeast to Payson, spreading 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, as well as additional smoke from fire south near Tucson, may bring light impacts into areas of metro Phoenix.
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