Terrain Satellite
Superstition
FIRE
9,539
acres
3.8 mi
NE of Gold Canyon, AZ
58%
contained
ACTIVE
Last Updated:
9 mins, 41 secs ago
Incident #:
2020-AZTNF-002551
Fire Start:
Thursday, August 20, 2020 1:37 AM MST
Fire Unit:
US Forest Service — Tonto National Forest

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential


Fire Weather Forecast


Incident Overview Updated: 2 weeks ago

Incident Photo for the Superstition Fire

 SUPERSTITION FIRE: 

This is the final update for the Superstition Fire. The Southwest Area Incident Management Team 2 led by Incident Commander John Pierson thanks the local communities and cooperators for your support during suppression of Superstition Fire.

YESTERDAY: 

 
Firefighters patrolled and monitored the perimeter. TheSuperstitionFire showed minimal growth yesterday. The area has received significant rainfall and grassy fuels that have previously enabled fire spread have mostly burned over.

TODAY’S ACTIVITY: 

 
Minimal fire behavior is expected on the Superstition Fire today. Fire crews will continue to monitor the fire perimeter The Southwest Area Incident Management Team 2 has returned fire management to the local unit.

SUPERSTITION FIRE CLOSURES:

Hwy 88 closures have been lifted.

Canyon Lake and all surrounding recreation areas remain closed.

Lost Dutchman, all surrounding trailheads and trails remain closed.

Areas west of Peralta Canyon Road, areas north of Peralta Canyon Road, and the Peralta Trail.

Canyon Lake Recreational areas – please visit Tonto NF website for closure information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/home/?cid=FSEPRD759501

View the closure order and map at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/7046/

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Wildfire
Cause:
Lightning
Date of Origin:
Thursday August 20th, 2020 approx. 01:30 AM
Incident Commander:
SW Type 1 Team 2 John Pierson Incident Commander
Coordinates:
33.405, -111.385

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
198
Size (Acres):
9,539
Containment:
58%
Estimated Containment Date:
Tuesday September 15th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved:
Short Grass (1 foot)
Brush (2 feet)
Dormant Brush, Hardwood Slash

Narrative:
Fire is burning in low-to-mid elevation Sonoran desert grasslands.

These grasslands (GS2) contain
multiple species of cacti, mesquite, and grasses.

The grass coverage is more extensive this season than
typical allowing fire to move consistently as a flank, but the predominance of grasses and fine fuels also allows environmental factors to influence combustion and receptivity significantly as well.
Significant Events:
Minimal
Flanking
Backing
Smoldering

Minimal fire behavior observed on the Superstition Fire. Overnight humidity recovery and higher daily
minimum humidity combined to limit the receptiveness of grass fuels to sustain ignition. The primary
area of activity was in the northeast corner where fire continued to move east out of Second Water
Canyon upslope over an unnamed knife ridge and began to back downslope towards the western side of
West Boulder Canyon.


Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Monitor fire spread by air and ground.
Projected Incident Activity:
12 hours: Primary growth over the
next 12 hours is expected to be negligible as cloud cover is expected to increase as well as humidity levels and the possibility of measurable precipitation.

24 hours:
Little to no growth is expected. Any additional growth is expected to continue filling in the gap between Second Water Creek and West Boulder Canyon, north of Yellow Peak and south of Battleship Mountain.

48 hours:
Little to no growth is expected. Any additional growth is expected to continue filling in the gap between Second Water Creek and West Boulder Canyon, north of Yellow Peak and south of Battleship Mountain.

72 hours:
Minimal fire behavior or growth. Unburned island within the fire perimeter will likely have either completed burnout of available fuels, or self-extinguished.

Anticipated after 72 hours:
Minimal fire behavior or growth. Unburned island within the fire perimeter will likely have either completed burnout of available fuels, or self-extinguished.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
Current: Showers/storms have remained North and East.

Temperatures are just a few degrees cooler and Relative Humidities have trended up 3-5%.

Sunday: A flash flood watch is effect with heavy rain possible into Sunday evening.

Clouds/rain will keep temps near 90-95, Relative Humidity up near 35%.

The chance of rain is 40-50%.

Outflow winds, lightning, and flooding are the main concerns.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Eric Solomon
Phone: 480-399-9585
Fire Unit Information
Tonto National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2324 E. McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85006

Dispatch Contact

Phoenix Interagency Fire Center | Phoenix, AZ
Phone: 480-457-1551
Website: https://www.az-phc.com/