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A Recent Drive Up The Catalina Highway To Ski Valley   3 comments

Yesterday (08/05/20), I drove up the Catalina Highway to Mt. Lemmon. The highway was opened to the general public last Saturday morning for the first time since the Bighorn Fire began in early June. The mountain town of Summerheaven, successfully protected from the fire, is now open for business, although still having to follow HOVID-19 business regulations in Arizona.

Oricle Ridge-72Oracle Ridge and Mt. Lemmon Fire Station

Before entering Summerheaven, there are two ridges going north; Red Ridge and Oracle Ridge. Both ridges were severely burned during the 2003 Aspen Fire that destroyed almost all the homes in Summerheaven. Over the years since the Aspen Fire, the forest canopy has still not returned on these ridges. However, a lot of ground cover containing some bushes and small trees had returned. On June 17th, the two ridges were again burned. On June 19th, I posted two time-delay videos of the fire coming through the area pictured in the above photo. The fire station and most of the pines behind it were spared — not true of the storage building and new growth since the 2003 fire. It has now been 50 days since the fire occurred. Note how green the scared area has become with the return of ferns on the mountain slopes.

Except for the highway and Summerheaven, the public is not allowed to go anywhere in the National Forest. From what I was able to observe from the highway, most of the hiking trails with trailheads near the highway are ok, at least partially. Parts of Lower Butterfly Trail and Green Mountain Trail don’t look good from a distance.

My guess is that the trails in the forest around Summerheaven were burned like the two ridges north of Summerheaven. From a review of burn scar maps, the Marshall Gulch area to the north and west, which would include Carter Canyon, has been badly burned. For those of you who hike this area, It’s possible a lot of the Marshall and Mint Springs trails were destroyed. We may not know until November.

Since Sabino Creek originates along the Marshall Gulch Trail, the monsoon rains can result in a lot of potential flash flooding coming down through Sabino Canyon. So far, the rain amounts are very below average, but we are still in the monsoon season.

— kenne

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Sabino Canyon Still Closed   Leave a comment

sabino-canyon-clouds_coopers-hawk-blogFlag Over Sabino Canyon Visitor Center (11/07/11) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

I miss not being able to be out in Sabino Canyon, which will remain closed because of the Bighorn Fire till November 1st.
The Forest Service is keeping the Canyon closed to minimize dam and infrastructure damage due to flash flooding
during the monsoon season.

On Wednesday, August 5th, some Naturalists will be part of a Zoon meeting with Santa Catalina District Ranger, CJ Woodard.
He will give an update on the Sabino Canyon closure and be available for questions and answers.

— kenne

Waiting for Monsoon Rains   4 comments

July Sunset-72

July Sunset-2-72July Sunset — Images by kenne

No monsoon

rain

scorch earth

fire

mountain trails

closed

sheltering at home,

still.

— kenne

 

Bighorn Fire Images — Marty Horowitz   2 comments

DSCN5396 edit big horn fire sabino smoke-72Bighorn Fire (Sabino Canyon Smoke) — Images by Marty Horowitz

 

Pearl-Bordered Fritillary   1 comment

Aspen Loop July 2013Pearl-Bordered Fritillary Butterflies On Mt. Lemmon (07/08/13) — Image by kenne

I’m posting this Image from July 2013, because of the Bighorn Fire,
it’s not likely to see them this summer on Mt. Lemmon.

— kenne

Smoke And Haze In The Foothills   3 comments

Smoke & Haze-art-72Smoke and Haze In the Catalina Foothills — Photo-Artistry by kenne

We must make the most of life’s ups and down

when downs seem to overwhelm

do everything to lift up life through images

revealing its most brilliants.

— kenne 

Bighorn Fire, July 1, 2020   Leave a comment

Bighorn Fire -- July 1, 2020-Art-2-72Bighorn Fire, July 1, 2020 (Tanuri Drive/River Road entrance to Tanuri Ridge) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The Bighorn Fire continues to burn in the Santa Catalina Mountains this morning. The fire that started June 5 on the western edge of the Pusch Ridge Wilderness burning 118,370 acres straight across the mountains to Redington Pass on the eastside. The fire is now 54% contained. The Northern Rockies Incident Management Team has done an outstanding job protecting all “valued” areas. So far, no structures have been lost, and large wildlife continues to be spotted moving toward lower elevations. Smaller animals will tend to go underground.

— kenne

Pusch Ridge Lightning   Leave a comment

Lightning 7-19-10Lightning Struck The Pusch Ridge Area Causing The Bighorn Fire — Image by kenne

 

Bighorn Fire   9 comments

Bighorn Fire-art-72Bighorn Fire — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The Bighorn Fire

is burning up

my mountain

all my tears

won’t put it out.

— kenne

Saguaro Cactus Are Being Destroyed By The Bighorn Fire   3 comments

Ventana Canyon - Clouds-Edit-1-art-72Lower Ventana Canyon (02/20/15) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

The Bighorn Fire has been burning for days in Ventana Canyon.
I love hiking in this beautiful narrow canyon. The lower part of
this canyon contains a lot of desert plants, such as the saguaro cactus.
This Sonoran Desert signature cactus is not adaptive to fire.
Thousands have already been destroyed by the Bighorn Fire.
It may take hundreds of years to return, if at all. Sad, very sad.

— kenne

Ventana Canyon (1 of 1)_Art-72Ventana Canyon (Note Invasive Grass in the Foreground) — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Bighorn Fire In Ventana Canyon   6 comments

Ventana Canyon Fire-2-72Ventana Canyon is where we first hiked in the Catalinas in ten years ago.
Since then, I’ve hiked the trail into the canyon a least twice a year.
This image was taken last night (June 19, 2020).

Bighorn Fire-Ventana-2-72This image is what it looked like this morning. Before dawn, you could still see the fireline.

Bighorn Fire-Ventana-72I decided to drive up Craycroft Road to get a closer look. As the sun got higher in the east
I was able to get this image. It’s a good thing I had a mask, the smoke and smell were pronounced.
(Because of COVID-19, the county has mandated everyone wear a mask in public.)
— Images by kenne

Bighorn Fire Continues Burn In The Catalinas   1 comment

The Bighorn Fire began burning in the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson on June 5th.

Bighorn Fire-07-18-20-2-72It has now burned over 32,000 acres and is only 40% contained.

Bighorn Fire-06-18-20-72Almost 1,000 personal with a lot of land and air support equipment continue to fight the fire.

Big Horn Fire-06-18-20-72Images were taken about three miles from the front ridge of the range.

Bighorn Fire-06-18-20-2-72Each image was captured at various times on June 18th.

Bighorn Fire-06-18-20-3-72Images by kenne

Miss Being On The Mountain   6 comments

Wild Rasberry-72Wild Rasberry On Mt. Lemmon (07/18/14) — Image by kenne

Those who love spending our summers hiking on Mt. Lemmon are saddened by the continued burning
of the Bighorn Fire in the Santa Catalina Mountains.

As I write this post, the Pima County Sheriff has told residents and businesses
to evacuate the Mt. Lemmon, Summerheaven, and Mt. Bigalow areas.
The Catalina Hwy has been close to non-residents and businesses for several days now. 

— kenne

 

Bighorn Fire Spreads To Higher Elevations   4 comments

Bighorn Fire Above Oro ValleyBighorn Fire (June 13, 2020) –Image by Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

This view is as seen from Oro Valley on the northside of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The glow over the mountains to the right is Tucson. 

As of this morning, active fires in Romero and Cargodera Canyons burned together and continued to push to the north and east. With this spread to the higher elevations comes a transition in fuel type, with the fire moving from grasses and brush up to chaparral. Smoke from these heavier fuels will be very visible today.

Firefighters on Mt. Lemmon are building from the preparatory work done by the community together with the Forest Service, ensuring existing fire breaks are clear, and that defensible space is maintained. Crews and equipment will be working north toward the town of Oracle, scouting for containment features and identifying values at risk.

Fire in Ventana Canyon continued to be active and is expected to slowly back down the canyon where crews are confident the existing fire line will hold. Firefighters are building line extending east from the southern edge of the fire to protect communities, should the fire move in that direction where there is unburned fuel.

The fire has now burned close to 15,000 acres.

Bighorn Fire Air Assault Photos   1 comment

Bighorn Air Assult-72

Bighorn Air Assult-1-72Bighorn Fire Air Assault Photos by kenne

Trying to get photos of the Bighorn Fire air assault from my patio in the eastern Catalina Foothills is not an easy trick. I’m licking a good location and the lens needed to do justice to the challenge.

Sharing these two images is meant so I can direct you to some photos taken by my good friend, Ned Harris. Here’s a link to his Flickr account:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ned_harris/albums/72157714619211453

When it comes to aerial photos, he is among the best. Enjoy!

— kenne

 

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