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Overview: Saguaro National Park is responding to two lightning fires (the Spud Rock Fire and the Mica Bowl Fire) reported following a thunderstorm that passed through the Rincon Mountains on August 13. The fires are burning in remote areas, in high elevation areas within the Saguaro Wilderness.
Fire managers have taken action to protect values at risk, including the Manning Camp Historic Cabin, the Rincon Remote Automated Weather Station (RAWS), a park radio repeater, sensitive wildlife habitat, and recreation infrastructure, as needed, where they can do so safely and effectively. Periodic fires in the past have resulted in a mosaic of areas that have burned at different times, helping reduce the buildup of vegetation available to burn during the current wildfires.
Challenges include extreme heat and logistical complexities associated with supporting firefighters with food, water, supplies, and medical response while working in remote areas. Pack mules and a helicopter may be used to support firefighters as needed.
Closures: Due to the Mica Bowl and Spud Rock fires burning in the Rincon Mountains. Saguaro National Park has closed Manning Camp and Spud Rock Wilderness Campgrounds and all trails on Mica Mountain east of the Arizona Trail to provide for public safety. The Arizona Trail remains open, however segments may be subject to short notice closure dependent upon fire activity. (Backcountry Closure Map)
Closed trails include:
Smoke: Smoke may be visible from the Tucson, Redington Pass, Vail, Mescal, and the surrounding area. Information about smoke and air quality.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Friday August 14th, 2020 approx. 09:00 AM|
|Coordinates||32.222 latitude, -110.531 longitude|
Ponderosa Pine/Timber litter/Brush
Fire Activity on the Mica Bowl Fire is minimal with no perimeter growth and no smoke observed.
For information about the Spud Rock Fire, please go to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6969/
Firefighters will continue to monitor the fire and be prepared to respond to increased fire activity until the area receives significant moisture.