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
Smoke Outlook for 6/24 - 6/25
Central Arizona - Central & Bush Fire
Issued at: 2020-06-24 10:22 MDT
Take caution for potential smoke impacts on recently opened Hwy routes near the fire, primarily at night and early morning hours.
The Bush Fire is estimated at 186,976 ac with no new perimeter growth as of Wednesday morning, and is now 73 percent contained. Successful suppression tactics and favorable weather have 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 no new perimeter growth and is 39 percent contained. The fire has moved to the top of New River Mesa and has considerably slowed movement to the northeast, away from structures.
Moderate smoke can be expected in the Tonto Basin throughout the day. Morning hours may see smoke in all areas adjacent to the fire. Morning smoke also has the potential to impact North, Northeast and East Phoenix metro areas. From late morning into afternoon, winds are expected to increase and push smoke East towards Heber-Overgarrd, Show Low and the Fort Apache Reservation. Smoke may settle below the rim from Show Low and disperse West toward Payson and further to the I-17 corridor where it may mix with residual smoke from the Central Fire. Afternoon into the evening will see breezy southwest winds in the Tonto Basin adding to dispersed impacts along Rim Country. Additionally, regional fires from the South may once again factor in the potential for light smoke impacts to the metro Phoenix area this evening.
The current pattern of high pressure and predominate South to Southwest wind will continue into the week that may again allow smoke to linger in the areas mentioned above Further in the outlook, there is potential of critical fire weather conditions Sunday potentially affecting fire and smoke with strong southwest winds in the forecast.