A lightning-ignited fire was reported Wednesday, July 19, 2017, in the Rincon Mountains at approximately 3:15 p.m. It is located about 1/2 mi NW of Spud Rock (correction due to better mapping). The fire is estimated to be approximately an acre.
Firefighters are currently monitoring and assessing the fire. Fire behavior is currently low, dampened by humidity and recent rain. There’s a chance of additional precipitation in the coming days. Firefighters will continue to monitor the fire and take action as needed.
The fire is burning within the Saguaro Wilderness at an elevation of approximately 7,000 feet (correction due to better mapping). It is burning in steep, rugged terrain. Vegetation in the area includes ponderosa pine. There are several rocky outcroppings in the area that will serve as natural fuel breaks. This area burned most recently in 2003 during the Helen’s 2 Fire.
The fire is in the vicinity of the North Slope and Fire Loop Trails, however no closures have been implemented at this time. Backcountry visitors are encouraged to check with the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center for current conditions and updates on potential trail closures.
Smoke is visible from Tucson, Redington Pass, and the surrounding area.
The Saguaro Wildland Fire Module is currently assigned to the incident. Cooperators include the Coronado National Forest.
For updated information please visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ or call the park’s Fire Information Hotline at (520) 733-5150.
|Current as of|
|Location||Saguaro National Park Rincon Mountain District, 1/2 mi NW of Spud Rock|
|Incident Commander||Thomas Perez Type 5 Incident Commander, Dustin Mackiewicz Incident Commander trainee|
|Coordinates||32.226 latitude, -110.56 longitude|
Vegetation in the area includes ponderosa pine. This area burned most recently in 2003 during the Helen’s 2 Fire. There are a large number of snags, or standing dead trees in the area. Access to the area is difficult.
As of July 20, minimal, smoldering, creeping fire behavior has been observed. The area received significant monsoonal moisture over the previous 48 hours.
Continue to monitor and take action as necessary.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Spread potential is low. Monsoonal moisture is predicted daily into next week.
As of the morning of July 21, the Rincon Remote Automated Weather Station (RAWS) in the Rincon Mountains has recorded 6.78 inches precipitation for the month of July with 1.17 inches received over the last 24 hours.
The wet monsoon weather will continue into early next week, with daily rounds of showers and thunderstorms, slightly cooler than average temperatures, and elevated humidity levels. The strongest storms will be capable of strong winds and flooding rains.