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by SpiderLegs
Jul 08 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Road Conditions
Topic: Flagstaff - SR180 & Rt. 66 change
Replies: 5
Views: 200

Re: Flagstaff - SR180 & Rt. 66 change

Jim_H wrote:
Jul 07 2020 10:02 am
Hey, I'm for any plan that removes the city of Flagstaff from the path of where ever I want to go!
Just make the Lumberyard and MotherRoad two of the rest areas and I'm in!
by SpiderLegs
Jul 08 2020 7:29 am
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Bighorn Fire
Replies: 155
Views: 5788

Re: Bighorn Fire

@SpiderLegs My brother lives right uphill from the wash, in assisted living, at "The Country Club of La Cholla," a nice euphemistic name for a wrinkle factory. (He's almost 81 and has Alzheimer's.) Practically neighbors, within running distance of my house. I live up the big hill to the northwest o...
by SpiderLegs
Jul 07 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Weather
Topic: Mindless chit chat
Replies: 6319
Views: 224467

Re: Mindless chit chat

Something like that. Strong inversion layer in the cold spots, and not sure of the direction, but winds in Doney Park kept the warm air at the surface. Bellemont is often very cold on dry nights. Doney is often breezy on the leeward side of the peaks. Isn't this about the general time of year that ...
by SpiderLegs
Jul 07 2020 4:50 am
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Bighorn Fire
Replies: 155
Views: 5788

Re: Bighorn Fire

I'm about a mile or so away from the CDO wash (and luckily live up the hill from it). Looks like I better not do any late afternoon beer runs when a monsoon is about to hit this year.
by SpiderLegs
Jun 26 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Bighorn Fire
Replies: 155
Views: 5788

Re: Two Fires In NW Tucson

Jim_H wrote:
Jun 26 2020 1:21 pm
Most importantly, Pusch Peak was unaffected!
Well, for selfish reasons this does make me happy. It's the closest vertical trail to my house. Plus it appears the bees have left, so I was looking forward to many more visits this summer.
by SpiderLegs
Jun 25 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Backpacking
Topic: COVID Ruined our Plans - Need helping finding an out-of-state "Cabin Loop"
Replies: 36
Views: 1366

Re: COVID Ruined our Plans - Need helping finding an out-of-state "Cabin Loop"

Not to take this too far off course, my most impressive road trip was a solo moving trip, towing a car and with two small pets in a U-Haul. Drove from Harrisburg PA 90 minutes south down to BWI airport at daybreak to drop off my wife and kid at the airport. Drove back to Harrisburg and immediately h...
by SpiderLegs
Jun 25 2020 5:51 am
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Bighorn Fire
Replies: 155
Views: 5788

Re: Two Fires In NW Tucson

Looks like Sabino Canyon is next on the hit list. The FS wants to push the fire into the wetter, lower area of the canyon to try and stop that end of the fire. On the flip side, doing back burns along Samaniego Ridge to keep the fire away from Saddlebrooke, Oracle and San Manuel. FS getting an early...
by SpiderLegs
Jun 24 2020 7:00 am
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Bighorn Fire
Replies: 155
Views: 5788

Re: Two Fires In NW Tucson

Don't know much about containment, but do know that my dogs came back into the house smelling like a campfire after running around the backyard for 10 minutes this morning. Something blew up overnight. Today is by far the worst smoke day since the fire started.
by SpiderLegs
Jun 21 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Bighorn Fire
Replies: 155
Views: 5788

Re: Two Fires In NW Tucson

I just heard from a couple of friends in Tucson saying the smoke is the worst they've ever seen it. One friend has lived there 65 years and has never seen anything like it. To make matters worse on my side of town, there was a big mulch fire right off of Ina and I-10 today. Pretty much nowhere to e...
by SpiderLegs
Jun 20 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Bighorn Fire
Replies: 155
Views: 5788

Re: Two Fires In NW Tucson

The Tortolita Fire is listed as 100% contained, unfortunately Bighorn is proving more problematic. But that's still some good news. 1 down, 1 to go. I chatted with the trail steward for the Tortolita Preserve earlier this week. The fire was nowhere near the park and in fact, you can't even see the ...
by SpiderLegs
Jun 20 2020 5:21 am
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Bighorn Fire
Replies: 155
Views: 5788

Re: Two Fires In NW Tucson

I can see Pusch Peak and Big Horn Peak from my driveway and from my backyard I have a fairly clean shot up to the ski area meadow. Appears pretty quiet on both areas the past two days. Looks like the fire is hitting Ventana Canyon and heading towards Oracle right now. Drove as close to Pima Canyon a...
by SpiderLegs
Jun 17 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Bighorn Fire
Replies: 155
Views: 5788

Re: Two Fires In NW Tucson

The latest video I saw on the Bighorn Facebook page was that the FS essentially let Sanmaniego Ridge burn without any efforts to stop it. Efforts are focused on Summerhaven and bulldozing old firebreaks from the Aspen fire close to Oracle to set up a defensive barrier. Went out to watch the fire for...
by SpiderLegs
Jun 17 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Bighorn Fire
Replies: 155
Views: 5788

Re: Two Fires In NW Tucson

@SpiderLegs I'm not a member of any of those, and won't join. The only one I ever was a member of, Arizona Hiking, was so shudderingly gawd-awful I took myself off of it. I hear you, I'm in a couple of trail running groups along with Tucson oriented hiking and climbing groups, pretty mellow. The gr...
by SpiderLegs
Jun 17 2020 5:18 am
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Bighorn Fire
Replies: 155
Views: 5788

Re: Two Fires In NW Tucson

@azbackpackr - That seems to be the consensus on Facebook among the climbing and hiking groups.
by SpiderLegs
Jun 16 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Bighorn Fire
Replies: 155
Views: 5788

Re: Two Fires In NW Tucson

There was a video update about an hour ago. The fire is concentrated at the intersection of the Sutherland Trail and Mt. Lemmon Trail just below Summerhaven.

I can see large flames clearly from my backyard all along that ridgeline.
by SpiderLegs
Jun 16 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Bighorn Fire
Replies: 155
Views: 5788

Re: Two Fires In NW Tucson

It's burning hot and heavy, Romero Canyon is probably toast right now. It's not a pleasant sight to watch this afternoon.
by SpiderLegs
Jun 16 2020 4:59 am
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Bighorn Fire
Replies: 155
Views: 5788

Re: Two Fires In NW Tucson

I just looked out my kitchen window while making my morning coffee and could see the flames from my house. Appears to be creeping up towards the ski area from my vantage point.

FS just ordered a closure of pretty much the entire mountain until August 15th.
by SpiderLegs
Jun 15 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Fire & Area Closures
Topic: Bighorn Fire
Replies: 155
Views: 5788

Re: Two Fires In NW Tucson

@azbackpackr - I'll try, I'm posting about what I can see from my driveway and what I see when I run down to do errands at Home Depot or the other shops along Oracle. Pusch Peak appears to be safe and the trails there are untouched. Catalina State Park looks awful from my vantage point. Hoping Mt. ...
by SpiderLegs
Jun 15 2020 8:43 am
Forum: General
Topic: How Soon Do Trails Open Up After A Fire?
Replies: 5
Views: 198

Re: How Soon Do Trails Open Up After A Fire?

@Jim_H - Pusch Peak is in great shape, has a few little spots on the backside and over towards Bighorn Peak. But the Linda Vista trails and the trail up to Pusch Peak remain untouched as of yesterday afternoon when I scoped out the area while on a trip to Target. I'm concerned about Catalina State ...
by SpiderLegs
Jun 15 2020 6:30 am
Forum: General
Topic: How Soon Do Trails Open Up After A Fire?
Replies: 5
Views: 198

How Soon Do Trails Open Up After A Fire?

Right now about half of my go-to trails around my house are closed due to the Bighorn Fire. Once the fire is out, how soon does the Forest Service typically re-open things?

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