Near Record High Temperatures Present Changes for Firefighters

Release Date: Jul 7, 2017  

Acreage: 26,166 acres (estimated)                                                                                                   Percentage of Containment: 19%         

Date Reported: June 30, 2017                                                                                                           Cause of Fire: Under Investigation               

Resources: 679 personal including 15 crews, 46 engines, 30 water tenders, 1 bulldozer, and 7 helicopters                                             

Fuel Type: Tall grass and brush, with ponderosa pine and mixed conifer at higher elevations

Origin Location: 3 miles east- southeast of the General Hitchcock Camp Ground near Burro Creek

Fire burning on: Coronado National Forest, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, and Private Lands


An Equal Access Community Meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m., Friday, July 7, 2017, at the Sahuaro High School, 545 N. Camino Seco, Tucson, AZ 85710. American Sign Language (ASL) and Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART) captioning will be provided. The meeting will be live streamed on Facebook


The fire is contained from Airman Peak to where the Redington Pass Road crosses the Coronado National Forest boundary. Today, firefighters will patrol the containment line. No additional fire growth is expected in this area.


Prep work along the Mt. Lemmon Highway is complete. Fire crews have reinforced Firewise mitigations put in place by residents and have set up contingency fire lines as a defensive measure. Crews are prepared to initiate burning operations in front of the fire, should it move westward, threatening structures and other values at risk.


The most active fire behavior on the Burro Fire was observed on the northwestern perimeter. Firecrews were able to limit growth to approximately 800 acres. Today, resources will work on minimizing growth in this area.


Today crews will be patrolling the eastern boundary of the fire. Southeasterly winds are assisting firefighting efforts by pushing the fire back onto itself.


An Excessive Heat Warning is in Effect for the Burro Fire area. Temperatures are forecast to reach record levels across southeastern Arizona. Thunderstorms may develop over the fire area, generating lighting strikes during the afternoon and evening hours. The storms are expected to generate little rain, however they may produce gusty outflow winds.


The Coronado National Forest has implemented a closure for the Burro Fire area from Redington Pass Road and the Arizona National Scenic Trail north including Mt. Lemmon Highway and the Control Road to the Pima/Pinal County line. 


Evacuation Orders remain in place for residents along the Mt. Lemmon Highway from Mile Marker 0, north including Summerhaven.


Road Closures are in Effect. Mt. Lemmon Highway is closed from Mile Marker 0, north to Mt. Lemmon. The Redington Pass Road is closed between Mile Marker 2 and 26. The Control Road is closed from Oracle to Mt. Lemmon.


Stage 2 Fire Restrictions have been implemented across Southeast Arizona. Visit for details.


Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. If a drone is sighted in the area, Firefighting Aircraft will be grounded, hindering fire suppression efforts. More Info: Visit Know Before You Fly,


Burro Fire Information Phone Lines: 928-351-7537, 928-351-7265, 928-362-0998 (6 am to 10 pm)

For maps, photos, closures, evacuations and road status visit Inciweb:                                                          

Arizona Emergency Information:                                                                                                                                                                    



Pima County Office of Emergency Management Evacuation Info:   520-724-9301                              

Pima County Sheriff’s Department Road Closure Information:         520-547-7510