Arizona Wildfires

Jul 1, 2013 6:51 PM by Erika Flores

Mt. Lemmon's Prison Fire burning at 240 acres

MT. LEMMON - A lightning-caused fire burning in the Catalina Mountains has consumed 240 acres of brush and is five percent contained as of Monday.

On the positive side, there isn't much fuel right now where firefighters are fighting the blaze. The Aspen Fire burned so much of it that now its pretty low.

Sixty firefighters worked the fire Monday, a helicopter has been taking water from a dip tank to the site, and a plane from Sierra Vista dropped retardant on the fire.

When storms approached, firefighters seeked shelter in vehicles until the lightning passed.

Residents at Summerhaven said they lucked out that this fire is in a remote area away from homes.

It was ten years ago that the Aspen Fire charred 84 thousand acres of the mountain, and even a small fire in a remote area can be of concern to Summerhaven residents.

"There's always concern. The wind can pick up like what happened in Prescott, but the area already burned. It's traveling light fuel that already burned ten years ago," said Selby-Harmon.

Mt Lemmon fire chief Randy Ogden told News 4 Tucson only small grass and small trees are burning.

"That always helps and most of the stuf down here has burned once, so it's not as rapid spreading as it was," said Ogden.

But a rapid shift of wind could change things.

"I worry about them right now mostly because of what happened in Prescott yesterday. That's weighing on everybody's mind," said Ogden.

His advice to his firefighters before they went to the fire this morning:

"Use your heads. Move your heart down a little bit, and move your head up," said Ogden.


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