Little fire activity was reported Thursday and containment has increased to 42%. Firefighters continue to secure the perimeter. Most of the containment is on the northeast side of the fire, where the Sawtooth Fire has burned into an area that burned last year during the Woodbury Fire. The majority of activity yesterday was in the Weavers Needle area. Helicopters dropped buckets of water to help cool hotspots. Firefighters are continuing to secure firelines, including searching for and put out hot spots near fire’s perimeter. Firefighters will continue to secure firelines today in anticipation of the significant change in weather this afternoon.
One of the aerial support tools firefighters have been using for a variety of tasks during this incident are Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS or drones). UAS have many capabilities including gathering images and video and patrolling areas inaccessible to firefighters or larger aircraft. While this technology does not replace the need for large aircraft and helicopters, it does lower the risk to our crews both in the air and on the ground. These UAS Operators are qualified and have constant communications with other fire aircraft.
The possibility of strong, gusty winds, and lightning later today could be a critical test of the work done by firefighters this week on the Sawtooth Fire. Wind gusts of up to 30 miles an hour are possible. Strong wind may fan lingering pockets of burning logs and brush and if embers land among new fuel sources, such as dry grass, and renewed fire activity is possible.
Dry lightning is also possible. “If lightning strikes in a receptive fuel bed, firefighters can expect to see very active fire behavior right away,” according to Fuel Behavior Analyst Stewart Turner. Resources assigned to the Sawtooth Fire are available to respond to new fires in the immediate area and will be ready to do so quickly today. Please help firefighters help you by being extremely careful with anything that might cause a fire.
Today’s smoke outlook is available on the web at https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/.
There are no evacuations in effect. The three steps encourage Arizonans to get READY by preparing now for what threatens their community, be SET by maintaining awareness of significant danger and to GO, evacuate immediately when the danger is current and life-threatening. Register for emergency alerts at https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go.
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 http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.
Acres: 24, 729 acres
Percent Containment: 42%
Start Date: May 30, 2020
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: Approximately 380 personnel
Fire Information: (928) 351-7596 (6:00 am to 10:00 pm)
Media Line: (928) 351-7618
Email: [email protected]