- Acres: 24,600 acres (based on infrared flight)
- Percent Containment or Completion: 8%
- Start Date: May 30, 2020
- Cause: Lightning
- Origin Location: Superstition Wilderness, two miles Northeast of Peralta Trailhead, Tonto National Forest
- Jurisdiction: Arizona State Lands, private land, Tonto National Forest, including portions of the Superstition Wilderness
- Fuels: Tall grass and heavy brush
- Resources: 391 personnel including hand crews, engines, water tenders, and helicopters
Firefighters are fully suppressing the Sawtooth Fire to protect nearby communities and other values at risk in the area. Firefighter and public safety is our number one priority.
Yesterday minimal, creeping, backing fire was observed. Sparse fuels helped to limit fire spread. With limited wind, fire activity is expected to be low to moderate again today. An excessive heat warning remains in effect today. As temperatures warm, fire activity is most likely to occur where fuels and topography align.
The most active part of the fire is in steep, rocky terrain in the Weavers Needle area, on the northwest side of the fire. Firefighters are constructing indirect line in the Toe of Slope area and along the Peralta Trail and identifying holding opportunities should the fire grow to the north and west.
Yesterday helicopters dropped water to successfully cool pockets of heat on the east side of the fire. On the southeast side of the fire, the Queen Valley and Elephant Butte areas are in mop-up and patrol status. A heavy helicopter also helped reinforce firelines on the southwest side of the fire.
Today firefighters will continue to use a range of direct and indirect tactics where they can do so effectively. The goal is to keep the fire from moving west and south, as well as keep the fire east of the main Superstition ridegelines, west of Forest Road 172, and out of Elephant Butte and Queen Valley.
On Friday, strong gusty 25-30 mph winds from the southwest are expected. There is a chance of Isolated, scattered thunderstorms, with the potential for dry lighting and outflow winds. Firefighters are prepared to respond to increased fire activity and new starts in the area as needed.
The precautionary GO status for residents in Queen Valley has been lifted. There are no evacuations in effect at this time. Visit https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go for Ready, Set, Go and county emergency notification system information.
A closure order is in place for the Tonto National Forest for the Peralta Trailhead and surrounding area. You can view the entire closures order at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/6730/51815/.
Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in place. Visit https://firerestrictions.us/az/ for more information.
Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Every time a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of this area. More info visit Know Before You Fly, http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.
Fire Information: (928) 351-7596 (6:00 am to 10:00 pm)
Media Line: (928) 351-7618
Email: [email protected]
InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6730/ (Air Quality info, County Emergency Alert sign-up link, Firewise tips)
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