The Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team, led by Incident Commander Alan Sinclair, assumed command of the Sawtooth Fire, this morning, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at 6am.
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 firefighters made progress on fire containment along the southern and eastern portions of the fire, working in conjunction with air resources. Structure protection measures were successful in the Queen Valley and Elephant Butte communities. In late afternoon, fire activity picked up to the northwest in Peralta Canyon. Air resources dropped retardant and water on the fire in this area, slowing its progress.
Expect to see increased fire activity again this afternoon as temperatures rise. Slope and fuels will drive the fire. It remains extremely hot and dry. The fire is located in steep, rugged terrain.
Today a hotshot crew, engines and water tenders will be monitoring and scouting the southwest area of the fire for opportunities to keep the fire from moving to the west and south. On the northwest side, firefighters will be conducting reconnaissance and scouting the fire for opportunities to keep the fire east of the main Superstition ridgeline. On the southeast side of the fire a hotshot crew and engines will be mopping up and patrolling the line to keep the fire out of Elephant Butte and Queen Valley and west of Forest Road 172. Firefighters are also available to assist with initial attack for any new starts in the area.
A select group of residents in the community of Queen Valley is under a precautionary GO status for residents in Queen Valley. You can register for emergency alerts through the Pinal Emergency Notification System at pinalcountyaz.gov/EmergencyManagement and visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/6730/51817/ for more details.
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.
Acres: 21,145 acres (based on infrared flight)
Percent Containment or Completion: 8%
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 300 personnel including engines, handcrews, air attack, and helicopters
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)