Wildfire Incident Report

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Wildfire Incident Report


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Incident #
2020-NWCG-6969
FWAC Incident ID
136669
Incident Name
Spud Rock Fire
Last Updated
Friday, December 11, 2020 8:08 AM MST
(3 months ago)
Fire Reported
Thursday, August 13, 2020 9:30 AM MST
(7 months ago)
State
Arizona
Incident Type
Wildfire
Location
12.7 miles ESE of Tanque Verde, AZ
Current Weather
Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

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Overview: Saguaro National Park responded to two lightning fires (the Spud Rock Fire and the Mica Bowl Fire) reported following a thunderstorm that passed through the Rincon Mountains on August 13. The fires are burning in remote areas, in high elevation areas within the Saguaro Wilderness. 
 
Fire managers have take action to protect values at risk, including the Manning Camp Historic Cabin, the Rincon Remote Automated Weather Station (RAWS), a park radio repeater, sensitive wildlife habitat, and recreation infrastructure, as needed, where they can do so safely and effectively. Periodic fires in the past have resulted in a mosaic of areas that have burned at different times, helping reduce the buildup of vegetation available to burn during the current wildfires. 

Challenges include extreme heat and logistical complexities associated with supporting firefighters with food, water, supplies, and medical response while working in remote areas. Pack mules and a helicopter have been used to support firefighters as needed. 

Closures: All campgrounds and trails closed due to the Spud Rock and Mica Bowl Fires reopened for visitor use on Friday, September 11. 

Camping permits for all six wilderness campgrounds, including the Manning Camp and Spud Rock Campgrounds, in Saguaro National Park can be only be obtained from Recreation.gov website. 

Hikers should use extra caution and stay on the trail when hiking through burned areas.  There may still be some fire burning, including within stump holes causing weak and unstable ground which may be difficult to identify.  Trails may be slick with fallen pine needles or ash and some fire weakened trees may still fall.  Watch for flash flooding, rolling debris and erosion during rain events.  It is also possible that smoke may settle into low areas overnight, including within campgrounds.

Smoke may be visible from the Tucson, Redington Pass, Vail, Mescal, and the surrounding area.  Information about smoke and air quality.

Incident Type
Wildfire
Cause
Lightning
Date of Origin
Thursday August 13th, 2020 approx. 04:30 PM
Coordinates
32.203, -110.542
Size (Acres)
760
Containment
100%
Fuels Involved
Ponderosa Pine/Timber litter
Significant Events
Fire Activity on the Mica Bowl Fire is minimal with no growth and no smoke observed.

Spud Rock Fire activity remains low.

Firefighters contained the Spud Rock within the trail system on Mica Mountain and continue to work to repair trails and rehabilitate sensitive habitat and resource values at risk from the fire.

On Friday, September 11, Saguaro National Park reopened both the Spud Rock and Manning Camp Campgrounds, and all the trails which were closed due to fire.
Remarks
Hikers should use extra caution and stay on the trail when hiking through burned areas. There may still be some fire burning, including within stump holes causing weak and unstable ground which may be difficult to identify. Trails may be slick with fallen pine needles or ash and some fire weakened trees may still fall. Watch for flash flooding, rolling debris and erosion during rain events. It is also possible that smoke may settle into low areas overnight, including within campgrounds.
Incident Contact
Fire Info Hotline
Phone: 520-733-5150
Fire Unit Information
Saguaro National Park
National Park Service
Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85730
Incident Map

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