Fire spread remained active late in the evening last night. Poor overnight relative humidity recovery, extreme temperatures and increased heat sources contributed to active fire spread earlier than previous shifts. With increasing winds with todays shift, additional growth towards the W and NW continued, and is predicted to once again remain late in to the night as higher SE winds and slope reversal contributed to an active burn period.
Current size of fire has grown to 12,965 acres with the estimated containment date at July 1st, 2019.
Woodbury Closures Current as of 1:00 p.m. Friday, June 14 2019
Queen Valley Dr will be closed from Queen Anne Dr to Catherine St. Road has been designated as an emergency access route. Signage will be posted, only local traffic will be permitted. Same applies to the closure of Hewitt Station Rd from Queen Valley Rd to US 60.
State Highway 88 from Needle Vista east to the junction of State Highway 88 and State Highway 188. The closures will also include:
- Tortilla Flat
- Canyon Lake
- Apache Lake
Campsites along State Highway 88 within the road closure areaThe following areas remain open and accessible to the public:
- Lower Salt River
- Saguaro Lake
- Roosevelt Lake
- Bartlett Lake
Projected Outlook Regarding The Fire
Next 12 hours:
Fire progression up to 1 1/2 mile are expected NW within the Wilderness. Progression to the S and W will continue and NE spread is expected to be minimal until brush fuel types begin to actively spread without the support of grass. Banking and flanking will continue with short uphill runs with topography.
Heat sources along the perimeter and unburned islands will contribute to consistent fire spread through grass within increased spread rates where brush and topography align. Spread distance of 1/2 miles will continue on active flanks. Areas aligned for upslope movement with consistent fuels will have increased progression.
Consistent weather patterns, combined with an increasing fire perimeter, will continue spread rates up to 1/2 mile per shift, primarily to the W and NW. Drainage alignment to the NE of the fire area may alter spread rates and fire intensities. To the N, NE, and SW increased fire activity due to complex topography will be more prevalent.
Consistent S/SW winds will support an overall flanking fire perimeter as fire moves deeper in to the wilderness with complex topography. To the NW, a change to more consistent brush fuel types creates the potential for higher flame lengths and spread rates if brush fuels become available.
Anticipated 72 hours:
With continued triple digit temperatures and single digit relative humidity, brush and higher elevation fuel types will continually increase flammability, contributing towards higher flame lengths and spread rates, especially within the wilderness boundary.