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Fire in the Catalinas

Posted: Jul 13 2015 4:12 pm
by azdesertfather
Everyone, a storm cell just formed quickly in the Catalinas and created a bunch of lightning that started a wildfire about 30 minutes ago. I called it into 911, but it is not in a good area, don't know of any trails in the vicinity. It is west of Cathedral Rock, on the ridge facing Oro Valley. If I had to guess, I'd say it's up around 5,000 feet. Let's hope they can get it under control quickly!!!

Re: Fire in the Catalinas

Posted: Jul 13 2015 4:47 pm
by fricknaley
this is the forum topic i fear

Re: Fire in the Catalinas

Posted: Jul 13 2015 5:17 pm
by azdesertfather
It's climbing higher up the ridge now. I'm really hoping there is no one trying to put it out because they are convinced it will die out soon!!!

Re: Fire in the Catalinas

Posted: Jul 13 2015 5:28 pm
by RedRoxx44
Per the local news the forest service is " monitoring" it. Means they think nature will takes its course, with rain in the area.

Re: Fire in the Catalinas

Posted: Jul 13 2015 5:33 pm
by azdesertfather
Good. It's on the western edge of Buster Mountain, about 4000-4200 ft.

http://m.tucsonnewsnow.com/tusconnewsno ... d=QVejDhTG

Re: Fire in the Catalinas

Posted: Jul 13 2015 6:27 pm
by chumley
This is one of those media and population-driven events. During the summer monsoon in Arizona, on average 15 lightning-caused fires start every single day. It's quite a normal process!

On rare occasions when conditions are ripe, one of those fires develop into something large and potentially catastrophic.

But far more often than not, the fire is not within view of a major metropolis, spotted by tens of thousands of people and shown on tv and websites.

It sounds like this is one of the pretty standard 95% of normal, regularly-occurring, healthy acts of mother nature.

Re: Fire in the Catalinas

Posted: Jul 13 2015 7:36 pm
by nonot
Fire is a natural process, if you never let the forest burn, then one year lightning hits it and the whole forest burns, scorched earth style. If a patch of forest burns every 10-30 years it is much healthier and safer.

Every time the forest service "controls a fire" they are just making it worse for the next time.

I would like to see a no fire fighting policy, but there is too much money, and some public safety issues, with that type of policy.

Re: Fire in the Catalinas

Posted: Jul 13 2015 8:10 pm
by DallinW
chumley wrote:During the summer monsoon in Arizona, on average 15 lightning-caused fires start every single day.
Today I Learned...

Re: Fire in the Catalinas

Posted: Jul 13 2015 8:36 pm
by ASUAviator
This reminds me of a couple years ago when I was at reach 11 watching a good storm lighting up the McDowells. Pretty quickly I saw the glow of 3 spot fires along the range. watched them grow a bit and fade out over the following hour. Pretty cool

Re: Fire in the Catalinas

Posted: Jul 14 2015 5:05 am
by fricknaley
i'm aware fire is a natural process, forgive me for being a little paranoid as i'm still not fully over the 85,000 acre unnatural process of the not so distant past

Re: Fire in the Catalinas

Posted: Jul 14 2015 8:46 am
by azdesertfather
fricknaley wrote:i'm aware fire is a natural process, forgive me for being a little paranoid as i'm still not fully over the 85,000 acre unnatural process of the not so distant past
I'm with you. You can't help but feel a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when you see your playground on fire. It's one thing if it's some random place in the middle of nowhere that you're likely to never visit, quite another when you can view it from your back patio.

No official report yet, but it appears from my early morning run that the fire is out, no plumes or flames visible.

Re: Fire in the Catalinas

Posted: Jul 14 2015 9:13 am
by outdoor_lover
The Forest Service must be pretty confident that all is well, they've already closed at least one of the Fire Lookouts for the Year up there in the Catalinas.... The Lookout Employee is on his way back home to the East Coast. He said it's the Shortest Fire Season he's ever worked and he's been doing it a long time....

Re: Fire in the Catalinas

Posted: Jul 14 2015 4:42 pm
by azdesertfather
For you other Catalinas lovers:

The storm yesterday also sparked a small fire around Charouleau Gap. I didn't notice this one and there have been no news reports of it since, so it probably wasn't able keep going. http://www.tucsonlocalmedia.com/news/ar ... 901ff.html

Buster Mountain Fire had grown to 130 acres as of this morning.

Re: Fire in the Catalinas

Posted: Jul 14 2015 6:16 pm
by sirena
@azdesertfather
Thanks for the updates! Got off the river yesterday and heard there was a fire, knew HAZers would have the lowdown. I know exactly what you and Frick mean about that sinking feeling. Love that area.

Re: Fire in the Catalinas

Posted: Jul 15 2015 11:54 am
by Jim_H
This fire is such a non-event that information on it is limited. So far, growth is minimal, and the estimated size is 206 acres. It received rain yesterday, so new growth is not expected to be much for the time being, if at all. Judging by a photo the FS posted on their FB page, it is on a ridge north of, and separated from the main body of the front range by a canyon or wash. it is separate from such prominent features that would benefit from some lower intensity surface fire, like Mount Kimball and upper Finger Rock Canyon, and Table Mountain. No inciweb page exists. This fire would be a good thing for the sheep.