A Flash Flood Watch is in effect today. Scattered thunderstorms with locally heavy rain, outflow winds, and lightning are concerns today. Dry washes and valley drainages should be avoided during heavy rain. Keep in mind that heavy rain several miles away can flood a dry wash with little warning. Plan for an alternate route if this occurs. `
Strong gusty winds may accompany thunderstorms with sudden changes of wind direction. A flash flood watch is in effect this afternoon through tonight. Dry washes and valley drainages should be avoided during heavy rain. Flash floods can occur within minutes after the onset of a rainstorm. Even areas that are not traditionally flood-prone are at risk after a wildfire, due to changes to the landscape caused by fire. Learn more: https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go
The communities along the east side of Highway 60 (north of Globe) from ADOT yard north to Winters Ranch including Johnson Ranch and McMillionville are in a “Go” evacuation Status. The San Carlos communities of Upper Gilson and Skill Center are on “Set” Status. Highway 60 is closed north of Globe from S. Parker Street (MM251) north to MM318 www.az511.gov
The Griffin Fire continues to move east and south on the San Carlos Apache Reservation. Parts of the fire received rain on Sunday night. The fire is burning in two primary locations and in two different vegetation types. The southeast flank of the fire is burning in light fuels (1 to 2’ grass) east from Sevenmile Mountains into Brushy Basin. Fire in this area is moving slowly under the influence of light westerly winds. The northern perimeter of the Griffin Fire is over 1000' higher in elevation and burning through chaparral and brush with a grass understory.
Gila Department of Emergency Management issued a “Go” evacuation notification for Wheatfields Friday afternoon. The Red Cross Evacuation Center is open at the Lee Kornegay school in Miami. Last night’s infrared flight was able to provide more accurate acreage estimates.
Salt Fire: The north section of the Salt Fire pushed towards Highway 188 yesterday driven by outflow winds from thunderstorms in the afternoon. The fire was most active along the southwest side of the fire where it has already crossed Hwy 188 and is moving towards Murphy Ranch Mountain. Today crews will concentrate on keeping fire from moving west toward Wheatfields, and keep the fire east of Pinal Creek and West of 188.