Saguaro National Park is bringing in twenty additional firefighters to help suppress the Jackalope Fire. A Type 3 helicopter will continue to provide support, dropping water from a bucket. Cooler temperatures and early morning precipitation have helped moderate fire activity. Fire managers anticipate full containment by this evening.
Fire managers are responding to a new lightning-ignited fire in Saguaro National Park's Rincon Mountain District. The Tanque Verde Fire is located on Tanque Verde Ridge, near Juniper Basin. It is burning in grass and juniper at an elevation of approximately 6,000 feet. The fire was first reported today at approximately 2:30 pm. It is currently estimated to be approximately 10 acres.
The fire is located south of the Tanque Verde Ridge Trail. The Tanque Verde Trail from the trailhead at Javelina Picnic Area to Cow Head Saddle is closed, as is the Juniper Basin Campground.
Wednesday afternoon, the smoke plume from the lightning-ignited Deer Head Fire, burning in the Saguaro Wilderness of Saguaro National Park, was very visible from the south along Interstate 10.
The fire was burning in pockets of pine on the southeast and southwest corners of the fire, which increased the overall size to 754 acres of land burned. Firefighters conducted a burnout of approximately seven additional acres on the southern perimeter.
The lightning-ignited Deer Head Fire, burning in the Rincon Mountains of Saguaro National Park, continues to provide resource benefits. The slow moving surface fire has grown to approximately 650 acres.
Fire fighters were hampered in efforts to conduct burnouts by a small amount of rain that fell over the fire area on Tuesday. These burnout operations along the north and south perimeter of the fire will be attempted again to insure Manning Camp is protected and to create additional firefighter safety zones.
The lightning-ignited Deer Head Fire, named for nearby Deer Head Spring, is burning in the Rincon Mountains of Saguaro National Park. Yesterday’s helicopter GPS survey update indicates it has grown to 550 acres. Fire behavior was light yesterday, due to high humidity and cool overnight temperatures. Rainfall at the fire has been minimal with no precipitation recorded yesterday. Today and tomorrow the weather forecast calls for lower humidity and increased temperatures. These conditions are expected to lead to increased fire activity.
The lightning-ignited Deer Head Fire burning in the Rincon Mountains of Saguaro National Park is approximately 320 acres. This figure is an estimate based on GPS data from a helicopter flight late Saturday afternoon and visual estimates from firefighters on the ground. Fire behavior the past two days has been mild, due to high humidity and cooler overnight temperatures. Rain events over last two days have produced only a small amount of precipitation on the fire and fire activity likely will increase later this week as drier weather is predicted to return.
The lightning ignited Deer Head Fire has slowly grown to 229 acres this morning. Increased humidity and a light rain have kept fire behavior mild. Many areas in southeastern Arizona received substantial amounts of rainfall last night and early this morning, while the Rincon Mountains received only a light sprinkle.
The lightning-ignited Deer Head Fire burning in the Rincon Mountains of Saguaro National Park is estimated to be approximately 135 acres as of Saturday morning, having expanded slightly towards the east, away from Manning Camp. Fire behavior continues to be mild due to high humidity and cooler overnight temperatures. Saguaro National Park is managing the fire for multiple objectives, including using fire to achieve natural resource benefits and to reduce hazardous fuels.
The lightning-ignited Deer Head Fire burning in the Rincon Mountains of Saguaro National Park is estimated to be approximately 115 acres as of Friday afternoon. Fire behavior was mild due to high humidity and showers. Saguaro National Park will be managing the fire for multiple objectives, including using fire to achieve natural resource benefits and to reduce hazardous fuels.
A lightning-ignited fire was discovered today in the Rincon Mountains, near Spud Rock Springs. The Deer Head Fire was first detected at approximately 11:11 a.m. It is estimated to be approximately 15-20 acres.
The fire is burning within the Saguaro Wilderness at an elevation of approximately 7,500 feet. It is burning in steep, rugged terrain. Vegetation in the area includes ponderosa pine, oak and brush.
The area has burned six times since the 1940s, and most recently during the 1994 Rincon Fire. Fire behavior is currently moderate, dampened by humidity and recent rain.