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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 In Pusch Ridge Wilderness   1 comment

big-horn-fire-1-for-web-72The Bighorn Wildfire burns in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness near Oro Valley on Saturday, June 6, 2020.
The fire was caused by lightning on the evening of June 5, 2020. —
Christopher Conover/AZPM

The Bighorn Wildfire grew to about 200 acres on Saturday. Officials with the Coronado National Forest said Saturday afternoon
that three hotshot crews were on scene working to contain the fire.

Tanker planes and helicopters have been dropping fire retardant and water on the fire burning less than a mile from La Reserve.

The wildfire has impacted several trails in the Catalinas: Romero Canyon; Pusch Peak; Pima Canyon; Finger Rock; Ventana Canyon.

Bighorn WIldfire from Patio-72Bighorn Wildfire smoke glows red and orange in the setting sun. — Image from his patio by kenne

Linda Vista Trail   3 comments

Image by kenne

A hiking we will go, a hiking we will go . . ., yes we are slowly getting in more time hiking. Most of our hiking has been closer to home in the canyons in the southeastern Catalina’s. This time we headed about 30 minutes to the northwest to Oro Valley, just east of Marana. The landscape is just a little different with a lot of boulder debris. Hope you enjoy the approximately two and a half-minute video containing still photos and video clips.

kenne

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