Acreage: 14,000 acres (estimate)
Percentage of Containment: 0%
Date Reported: June 30, 2017
Cause of Fire: Under Investigation
Fuel Type: Tall Grass and Brush, with Ponderosa Pine and Mixed Conifer at higher elevations
Firefighters are actively working to fully suppress the Burro Fire. Due the steep, rugged, inaccessible terrain and fire activity, firefighters are currently using indirect tactics. On the west side of the road, firefighters are planning and implementing structure protection along Catalina Highway. On the south side of the fire, firefighters are scouting and planning for preparation on holding the Redington Road. Airtankers and helicopters are being used to help delay the fire’s spread where they can be used safely and effectively. With extreme temperatures, we expect to continue to have periods in the afternoons when it’s too hot to fly.
There are currently 185 personnel working on the fire. Current resources include three hand crews, 14 engines, one water tender, and three helicopters.
Monday thunderstorms passed over the fire area resulting in strong and erratic outflow winds. These winds caused the fire to grow in all directions, but primarily towards the north, northwest.
The forecast is for another hot and dry day. Hot, dry weather is expected to continue for the near future. There is a possibility of thunderstorms this afternoon and early evening. These storms will bring very little precipitation but carry the risk of lightning and erratic outflow winds. Fuel moisture remains critically low. Smoke is expected to continue to be visible.
An Evacuation Order is in effect for all residents along the Catalina Highway from Mile Marker 0, north to Mt. Lemmon. No residents will be allowed to Mt. Lemmon including part time residents & summer cabin owners.
Mount Lemmon Highway is closed. The Redington Road is closed between Mile Marker 2 and 14.
Incident Commander Bea Day’s Type 1 Southwest Area Incident Management Team (IMT) has assumed command of the Burro Fire as of July 2, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. The Incident Command Post is located at the Sabino High School, 5000 N. Bowes Road, Tucson, AZ 85749.
A community meeting is being planned in Tucson at 5:30pm tonight. Location details will be posted on Inciweb. This meeting will be livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/BurroFireInfo/
Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. Every time a drone is spotted anywhere within the Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) area, all aircraft must land until we can be sure the drone is clear of this area. Visit the National Interagency Fire Center webpage, https://www.nifc.gov/drones/ for more info.
Burro Fire Information Resources:
Burro Fire Information: 928-351-7537, 928-351-7265, 928-362-0998 (Phones staffed 8:00 am to 8:00 pm)