Not only are fissures potentially hazardous, particularly because they erode quickly during torrential rains, but they also "provide a ready conduit to deliver runoff and contaminated waters to basin aquifers."
Fissures are fairly common in central Arizona. There are clusters of fissures around Eloy and in Cochise, La Paz, Maricopa, Pima and Pinal Counties.
Arizona City is about an hour southeast of Phoenix along Interstate 10. Tator Hills, which is where the fissure is located, is another 25 minutes past Arizona City.