Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management - State Office
1110 W. Washington Suite 100 Phoenix Arizona 85007
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Smoke Outlook for 6/25 - 6/26
Central Arizona - Central & Bush Fires
Issued at: 2020-06-25 10:06 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 86 percent contained. 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 69 percent contained.
Moderate smoke can be expected in the Tonto Basin throughout the day. Morning hours may see smoke in all areas adjacent to the fire with the potential to impact urban areas primarily in low lying drainage's near the fire such as the Verde and Salt River valley and basin. From late morning into afternoon, winds are expected to increase and push smoke Northeast 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. Afternoon into the evening will see breezy southwest winds in the Tonto Basin adding to dispersed impacts. Additionally, regional fires from the South may once again factor in the potential for light smoke impacts to the Phoenix metro area this evening.
The current pattern of predominate high pressure with South to Southwest wind will continue into the week and may again allow smoke to linger in the areas mentioned above This pattern is expected to continue through Saturday.