WILDFIRE UPDATE: Burro Fire

Release Date: Jul 10, 2017  

40 Percent Chance of Thunderstorms

July 9, 2017, Morning Update

 

Acreage: 27,266 acres (estimated)                                                                                                                  Percentage of Containment: 51%         

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

Resources: 659 personal including 14 crews, 44 engines, 31 water tenders, 3 bulldozer, and 6 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 and Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management

 

An Equal Access Community Meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, July 9, 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 https://www.facebook.com/BurroFireInfo/

 

Today’s weather forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a 40 percent chance of afternoon rain and possible thunderstorms. Outflow winds associated with thunderstorms can rapidly spread fire in any direction due to high wind speeds and unpredictable wind directions. Rate of spread, spread distance and flame length in grass and brush may increase dramatically when high winds are present. If thunderstorms materialize, they also carry the potential for lightning, making new ignitions near the fire possible. These storms may generate hail and wind gusts from 40 to 60 miles per hour. In addition to the potential for winds to push the fire in unexpected directions, winds may also generate blowing dust that limits visibility and makes driving hazardous.

 

Last night a thunderstorm developed over the north east portion of the fire. When the storm collapsed, outflow winds were generated that provided enough westerly wind to push a finger of the fire into a more receptive fuel bed. The fire advanced approximately one mile to the east toward the White Tank/Limestone Well area. Aircraft equipped with infrared cameras flew the area and provided updated mapping data. With today’s easterly wind flow, this portion the fire is no longer advancing. Fire crews are working to increase suppression in this area.

 

Firefighters will focus on securing the remaining open section of containment line west and northwest of the Piety Hill area to tie in containment lines coming up from the southern flank with completed line on the north east section. Firefighters have constructed more than 37 miles of containment line, extending from east of the General Hitchcock Campground to Piety Hill, then starting again one mile north at Iron Springs and continuing to Cedar Springs.

 

On the northern perimeter, fire crews continue to patrol and monitor fire activity in the Peck Basin area.

 

The Incident Objectives include the protection of all values at risk, including life and property. The team has been able to control the fire in such a way as to prevent damage to any structures, facilities or infrastructure, and more importantly, this has been accomplished without any member of the public or firefighter sustaining a serious injury during suppression operations.

 

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. Stage 2 Fire Restrictions have been implemented across Southeast Arizona. Visit http://firerestrictions.us/az for details.

 

Evacuation Orders remain in place for residents along the Mt. Lemmon Highway from Mile Marker 0, north including Summerhaven, Willow Creek and numerous other residence along the Catalina Hwy. 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.

 

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, http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

 

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:                                        https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5301                            

Arizona Emergency Information:                                                                                                                                                     http://azein.gov                        

Facebook:                                                                                                                                              https://www.facebook.com/BurroFireInfo

Twitter:                                                                                                                                                                  https://twitter.com/burrofireinfo

Pima County Office of Emergency Management Evacuation Info:   520-724-9301                                        https://facebook.com/pcoem

Pima County Sheriff’s Department Road Closure Information:         520-547-7510                                       https://www.pimasheriff.org