Burro Fire Now 95% Contained
July 12, 2017, Evening Update
Acreage: 27,238 acres (estimated)
Percentage of Containment: 95%
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Stage 2 Fire Restrictions remain in effect on the Coronado National Forest until rescinded.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:
Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove fire, including within a developed recreation site, or improved site.
Discharging a firearm, air rifle or gas gun, except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal, or tribal law, and regulations.
Using an explosive.
Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building (Smoking is prohibited in all federal buildings).
Operating or using any equipment powered by an internal combustion engine, except motor vehicles.
Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
Possessing operating motor vehicles off National Forest System roads, including but not limited to cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, and ATVs, except for when parking in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway, and except for parking overnight in Forest Service developed campground and trailheads.
The Coronado National Forest has implemented a closure for the Burro Fire area of all National Forest System lands, roads, and trails east of Mt. Lemmon Highway (Forest Road 833); south of the Control Road (FR 38), and the Forest Boundary at Big Alder Springs, and the area west of the Forest Boundary from the Control Road south to Redington Pass Road (FR317). The southern boundary is from Redington Pass Road at the eastern Forest boundary at T13S, R17E, Sec 12 SE and extends west to the junction with FR 36 to Bellota Ranch and continuing west on Trail #15 to the Mt. Lemmon Highway. Visit the Coronado National Forest website, https://www.fs.usda.gov/coronado for more information.
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 tointerfere 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)