Southern Arizona Fire Season 2006
Mt. Graham Bug Fire 07/19/06:
The Pinaleno mountain range has a new fire that started about 1545 hours just
south of Lady bug saddle probably due to lightening. The fire is called "Bug"
and it has burned about half to three-quarters of an acre with down trees for
fuel. The USFS is deploying a small aircraft to drop retardant on it and is
dispatching a fire crew from the Arizona State Prison, with about 30 fire
fighters. It is not currently on the web site because it is not a big fire right
now. But if it gets big, it will be posted on the following web site.
We had some dry lightning yesterday afternoon/evening. Two fires started,
one on state land just north of High Peak (Mt. Graham) about 3,800 feet
elevation. It is in a previously burned area (Nuttall Complex - 2004).
The second fire is called the Shingle Fire - north of Old Columbine and is
over 30 acres in size. The Shingle Fire is at 4,500 feet elevation and about
4.5 miles away from the Observatory.
UAPD Sergeant Garcia, who has talked with the USFS fire dispatcher, has
provided the following set of coordinates for the Shingle Fire:
32° 46' 44.6" 109°
At this time there is no threat to the Observatory.
Catalina Mountains near Tucson 05/22/06:
Channel 4 in Tucson has
this report on
the Romero fire in the Catalina's mountains below the University's telescope
complex on Mt. Lemon.
The Taylor Fire is burning near North Taylor Creek (about 6 miles from the
site. A type 2 incident management team was deployed on Saturday at 1800
hours. As of last night the fire had burned 117 acres and was 35% contained.
The USFS expected to make a lot of headway today. The Nuttall Fire in 2004
burned out much of the area between Taylor Creek and the Observatory thus
providing a barrier.
5 Hot Shot crews and several helicopters are working the fire - the
District Ranger was much more at ease last night when he called with the
There is no current threat to the Observatory.
The USFS notified us this morning regarding a fire near Taylor Canyon (or
Creek) -- on the west side of Clark Peak about 5 miles west of the Observatory
on the north slopes. At 9:00 AM the fire was reported to be about 50 acres and
growing. The Nuttall Complex (2004) burned out much of the area between the
Observatory and Clark Peak so we have a reasonable buffer at this time. The
Safford Ranger District will be handing off the fire fighting responsibilities
to an incident management team at 1800 hours this evening.
There is no current threat to the Observatory. Biologist working on the
mountain should stay in radio contact at all times.
We will keep you informed as new information comes in.