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Burro Fire Now 95% Contained

Incident: Burro Fire Wildfire
Released: 7/12/2017

Burro Fire Now 95% Contained

July 12, 2017, Evening Update

Acreage: 27,238 acres (estimated)
Percentage of Containment:

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

Resources: 160 personnel including 3 crews, 5 engines, and 1 helicopter.

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 Campground near Burro Creek

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

The Type 1 Incident Management Team will transfer command to a local Type 3 fire management organization on the Coronado National Forest Thursday, July 13 at 6 am. The majority of firefighters and equipment are being demobilized. Four engines, one task force leader, a Type 3 helicopter, and various overhead positions will remain to continue monitor and patrol the fire until it is fully contained.

With recent precipitation and the increase in relative humidity, minimal fire activity has been observed. Most of the fire area has received measurable precipitation. However, some isolated pockets of vegetation and heavy fuels that were sheltered will continue to hold heat and continue burning until they receive significant precipitation. Monsoon moisture across southern Arizona is in place with active thunderstorm periods expected during the afternoon/evening hours throughout the week.

Mt. Lemmon Highway remains closed to the general public from Mile Marker 0, north to Mt. Lemmon. The Oracle Control Road is closed from Oracle to Mt. Lemmon. Please be aware of fire crews and large vehicles on the highway. The general public will not be allowed access until further notice. For the most current road information, call 520-547-7510. Redington Pass Road is now open.

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions remain in effect on the Coronado National Forest until rescinded. The following are prohibited:

Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t, and someone could die. If a drone is sighted in the area, firefighting aircraft will be grounded, hindering fire suppression efforts. Even a tiny drone can cause a serious or fatal accident if it collides with firefighting aircraft. It is illegal to interfere with fire suppression operations. Doing so can result in a significant fine and/or a mandatory court appearance. So, be smart and just don't fly your drone anywhere near a wildfire. No amount of video or photos are worth the consequences. More Info: Visit Know Before You Fly, http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

Burro Fire Information Phone Line: 520-539-8065 (8 am to 5 pm)

For maps, photos, closures and road status visit Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5301

Arizona Emergency Information: http://azein.gov

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

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Coronado National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Tucson, AZ 85701

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Phone: 520-388-8484
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