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Brown Fire Huachuca Mountains, AZ
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Brown Fire Huachuca Mountains, AZ 
Brown Fire Huachuca Mountains, AZ
 
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A new fire burning in my beloved Huachuca Mountains was bugging me enough that I wanted to see it myself. Drove into and around the range, but was not able to get very close to it because of its remote location. It is burning up in an area I hiked last fall, above Garden Canyon in the vicinity of Gate 2, not far west Ramsey Peak and Pat Scott Canyon. Obviously, there is great concern for nearby Ramsey Canyon. It was a good day for the firefighters Tuesday, with light winds allowing a steady parade of aircraft to drop slurry and water. Included in the mix was the big VLAT DC-10 out of Mesa-Gateway. That was quite a sight to see flying low over the mountain tops! 8) Just wish I could have been closer.

First I drove up Carr Canyon Road to the end at Ramsey Vista Campground, thinking that would offer a good view of the action (which it did not). The road has been recently bladed and a lot of dirt fill was added most of the way up. It was amazing, in all the years I have been going up there, this was the best condition I have ever seen the road! The fill covered up most of the exposed rocks, which had been getting worse since the Monument Fire in 2011. I'm sure when the summer rains set in, it will get rougher again, but no fooling it is very tire friendly right now. :)

Next I headed over to Coronado Memorial and up to Montezuma Pass. There are some upgraded facilities there now...very nice. Got to keep all those Arizona Trail hikers happy. Forest Road 61 from the pass all the way to where you hit pavement again at Parker Canyon Lake was also in the best condition I have ever seen it. Got to keep the Border Patrol people happy too. As I approached the lake I could see a Sky Crane helicopter was making steady runs for water. The lake is pretty close to the fire. There were decent views of the burn area from there. The tankers have been bombing the heck out of the ridgelines trying to keep the fire contained in a bowl like area. Like I said, Tuesday was a good day, and by the time I left the area, there was very little smoke evident. But this is the time of year for our big wind events, which mostly blow from the southwest or west, so anything can happen. Winds from those directions would aim it towards Brown and Ramsey Canyons. :scared:

Stopped in for a burger at Cunningham's Ranch House Restaurant in Sonoita, then made it home in time to enjoy the two NCIS shows. :D
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