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2017 Burro Fire (Santa Catalina Mtns)

Postby SkyIslandHiker » Jul 02 2017 9:14 pm

Local news media is reporting that the Burro Fire has resulted in the evacuation of Mt. Lemmon below the Palisades Visitor Center and has closed the Mt. Lemmon Highway. Redington Road is also closed as the Burro Fire started in the Redington Pass foothills. 8,000 acres burned with no containment. A Type 1 Incident Management Team has been assigned.

Pima County Sheriff’s deputies assisted in sending campers and hikers within the evacuation zone down the mountain throughout the afternoon. Anyone north of Palisades, including in Summerhaven, remained on pre-evacuation notice.


http://tucson.com/news...

https://inciweb.nwcg.g...

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Re: 2017 Burro Fire (Santa Catalina Mtns)

Postby SpiderLegs » Jul 03 2017 6:23 am

Driving back up from Tucson yesterday saw a big caravan of Hot Shot vehicles heading south on I-10. Pulling in troops from northern New Mexico and Colorado it looked like.

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Re: 2017 Burro Fire (Santa Catalina Mtns)

Postby SkyIslandHiker » Jul 03 2017 7:02 am

Local media reports that Summerhaven is being evacuated as of 6:00am this morning.
http://tucson.com/news...

Latest InciWeb update indicates that the fire has grown to 14,000 acres.

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Re: 2017 Burro Fire (Santa Catalina Mtns)

Postby air » Jul 06 2017 10:30 am

Charles Miles has some info and photos including from July 2nd from around Green Mountain showing the ridgeline by Mt. Guthrie on fire.
http://hikelemmon.com/...
Since then it looks like Guthrie has burned.
So far the winds have been southeasterly but expected to turn north/west and we will see how that fares for the rest of the mountain.

My thanks to the 688 personnel including 16 crews, 47 engines, 27 water tenders, 1 bulldozer, and 8 helicopters.
Stay safe.

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Re: 2017 Burro Fire (Santa Catalina Mtns)

Postby SkyIslandHiker » Jul 06 2017 11:26 am

air wrote:Since then it looks like Guthrie has burned.


Darn! I was hoping the fire would stay east of Guthrie and the Green Mountain Trail :(

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Re: 2017 Burro Fire (Santa Catalina Mtns)

Postby SkyIslandHiker » Jul 11 2017 3:05 pm

The Mt. Lemmon/Catalina Highway reopened for residents and business employees yesterday. According to a KVOA news report it will reopen to the public by Friday:
http://www.kvoa.com/st...

However I wouldn't be surprised if this current Forest closure remains in effect beyond Friday, but that's just a guess on my part:

The Coronado National Forest has implemented a closure for the Burro Fire area of all National Forest System lands, roads, and trails east of Mt. Lemmon Highway (Forest Road 833); south of the Control Road (FR 38), and the Forest Boundary at Big Alder Springs, and the area west of the Forest Boundary from the Control Road south to Redington Pass Road (FR317). The southern boundary is from Redington Pass Road at the eastern Forest boundary at T13S, R17E, Sec 12 SE and extends west to the junction with FR 36 to Bellota Ranch and continuing west on Trail #15 to the Mt. Lemmon Highway.


The above closure from: https://inciweb.nwcg.g...

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Re: 2017 Burro Fire (Santa Catalina Mtns)

Postby SkyIslandHiker » Jul 13 2017 4:03 pm

Looks like Mt. Lemmon is reopening tomorrow without any Burro Fire-related closures per a Coronado National Forest News Release, which states in part:

Tucson, Arizona (July 13, 2017) - For Immediate Release. With the reopening of the Mt. Lemmon Highway July 14 at 8:00 a.m. Coronado National Forest officials expect large numbers of visitors to the mountain’s campgrounds and picnic areas over hot summer weekend.  Although some rain has fallen in isolated areas of the Forest, most areas are dry, and campfires are prohibited (see below).  The following are tips for safe and enjoyable weekend outings.

The recent Burro Fire occurred on the east side of the mountain range. Caution is called for when entering burned areas. Visitors are encouraged to use situational awareness on and around trails by watching out for and avoiding weakened or downed trees, burned-out stump holes, and other debris which may be present. Care is also needed on trails which bear evidence of fire suppression activities, such as digging, trenching, and removal and dispersal of vegetation.

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions remain in place.

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Re: 2017 Burro Fire (Santa Catalina Mtns)

Postby SkyIslandHiker » Jul 13 2017 7:48 pm

air wrote:Since then it looks like Guthrie has burned.

And it sounds like the Green Mountain Trail has burned too according to this excerpt from the Burro Fire Final Update that I just received from the Coronado National Forest:

Hikers should use caution on the Green Mountain Trail and other trails impacted by the Burro Fire by watching for stump holes, burned out trees and other debris.


BTW, the Final Update indicates 27,238 burned with 95% containment.


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