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Pusch Ridge Lightning   Leave a comment

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

Bighorn Fire Air Assault Photos   1 comment

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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

 

Bighorn Fire One Week Out   Leave a comment

Big Horn Fire-06-13-20-72Sunset (June 12th, 2020) 

The Bighorn Fire began June 5th in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. After burning a lot the southwest area of the front ridge,
it has now moved northeast, having burned over 7,000 acres.

Bighorn Fire-06-13-20-morning-72Sunrise (June 13th, 2020) — Images by kenne

This morning with little or no wind, evidence of smoke appears to have gone from our viewpoint.
However, looks deceive, since containment remains a 10% and is projected to not be contained before June 25th.

— kenne

 

The Bighorn Fire Intensifies Over Night   6 comments

Bighorn Fire-Sunset-06-09-20-1-72Late Wednesday, June 10th. Most of the smoke is from upper Pima Canyon, Finger Rock and Mt. Kimball. 

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-9-72Around 6:00 am Thursday, June 11th. The smoke has settled in over
the Catalina Mountains and beginning to move down into the Tucson basin.

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-10-72The smell from the fire is very noticeable as I leave for my
morning walk in the neighborhood.

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-5-72I’m now at the back of Tanuri Ridge as more of the smoke appears
to be leaving the mountains spreading over the Catalina Foothills.
I’m beginning to think I should have warned a facemask.

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-6-72Now at the entrance of Tanuri Ridge and you can bearly make out
the mountains.

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-7-72I used a Photoshop Dehaze filter on some of these images so in reality,
there was much more smoke and haze.

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-8-72Tanuri Drive

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-72As I continued my walk, the parts of the fire appeared to be
backtracking to the west.

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-2-72There’s very little wind this morning, so a lot of the news smoke
coming from downdrafts through where rain would typically
flow off the mountains.

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-3-72A big plum of smoke coming from the Finger Rock area.

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-4-72It is now around 8:00 am. 

Bighorn Fire-Morning-06-10-20-11-72It is now around 10:30 am. The fire is now about a mile west of
Pima Canyon trailhead. (Because of my distance from the
mountains, I’m making an educated guess.)

The following copy is from Haidi Chewel, with the National Forest Service.

Bighorn Fire – June 11th, 2020 Morning Update

Pima County Sheriff’s Department issues “SET” notice

Acres: 4,769 Percent Containment: 10%

Start Date: June 5th, 2020 Cause: Lightning

Origin Location: Santa Catalina Mountains

Jurisdiction: Coronado National Forest, including portions of the Pusch Ridge Wilderness

Personnel: 391

Resources: 6 hotshot crews, 3 Type 2 hand crews, 7 Type 3 engines, 1 Type 4 engine, 7 Type 6 engines, 4 Type 1 helicopters, 1 Type 2 helicopter, 2 Type 3 helicopter, 10 water tenders

The Bighorn Fire remained active overnight, with flames being pushed downhill by downslope winds. Temperatures up to 106 degrees today and continued low humidity will increase fire activity. The fire will again be highly visible on the front range of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Crews will work to hold the fire perimeter and continue building fire lines, tying into control features such as roads and rock outcroppings. Additional aerial resources will support the crews on the ground with water and retardant drops.

Over the next several days’ communities can expect to see crews and apparatus working in an around subdivisions in the Catalina Foothills. Members of the public are advised to drive with caution and leave roadways clear for emergency vehicles and equipment to pass.

 

 

 

Bighorn Wildfire In Pima Canyon   4 comments

At first glance, this may look like a volcano erupting.

Bighorn Fire in Pima Canyon-1-72But, it’s the Bighorn Wildfire now having worked it’s way

Bighorn Fire Pima Canyon-2-72into Pima Canyon and the Finger Rock area of the Pusch Ridge Wilderness (June 10, 2020).

Pima Canyon October 2011The Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists lead hikes twice a year on the Pima Canyon Trail to a natural dam (6 miles round trip).
— — Images by kenne

Bighorn Fire Photos, June 9, 2020   1 comment

 

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Bighorn Fire-11-06-09-20-72Bighorn Wildfire In the Pusch Ridge Wilderness, Santa Catalina Mountains (June 9, 2020) — Images by kenne

The bighorn wildfire that was lightning-caused June 5, 2020, has now entered the upper elevation of Pima Cayon in the
Pusch Ridge Wilderness. The fire has now burned 3,277 acres. At various times, depending on wind conditions,
the mountains
and foothills are covered with a haze of smoke. — kenne

“If You Fly, We Can’t!”   2 comments

Bighorn Fire-72Smoke from the Bighorn Wildfire in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness, Santa Catalina Mountains (June 9, 2020) — Image by kenne 

Yesterday, for the second time since June 5th, a drone was observed over
the Bighorn Fire’s southern perimeter. This unlawful event forced
the aircraft suppression effort to be halted, endangering the lives
of on the ground firefighters and the aircrews at a critical time
during the height of the burning period. 

Incident Commander Lathe Evans explained that the percentage of containment
has not increased, and acreage burned has increased largely due to this
illegal drone incursion.

If You Fly, We Can’t!

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

Shadows In The Woods   Leave a comment

Shadows in the Woods-8548-B&W-72Shadows In The Woods (Pusch Ridge Wilderness Area, Santa Catalina Mountains) — B&W Image by kenne

 

Wilderness   Leave a comment

Pusch Ridge Wilderness-Edit-1-72Pusch Ridge Wilderness, Santa Catalina Mountains — Image by kenne

“Wilderness. The word itself is music.

Wilderness. Wilderness… We scarcely know what we mean by the term,
though the sound of it draws all whose nerves and emotions have not been
irreparably stunned, deadened, numbed by the caterwauling of commerce,
the sweating scramble for profit and domination.”

— Edward Abbey

Pusch Ridge Wilderness Panorama   Leave a comment

Marshall Gulch #3Pusch Ridge Wilderness In the Santa Catalina Mountains– Panorama by kenne

Feel the thrill of being in the moment.

— kenne

 

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