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Jul 25, 2014 8:07 PM by Michelle Erwin

UPDATE: Fire in Rincon Mountains jumps in size

TUCSON - The lighting-ignited Deer Head Fire burning in the Rincon Mountains of Saguaro National Park is now at 115 acres.

Due to the fire's remote location, observed fire behavior, expected weather and fuel conditions, fire managers are monitoring its progression from the ground.

Seven firefighters were flown to Manning Cabin by helicopter Friday afternoon. Seven additional firefighters and support staff will follow Saturday if weather permits.

The Deer Head Fire was first detected Thursday, July 24th. The fire is moving into areas burned by prescribed fires in 1993 - 2010. Part of the area was planned for a prescribed fire this summer or fall.

For the safety of hikers and campers, there are some trail and campground closures.

Trail closures include: Italian Spring (south of Park boundary), Cowhead Saddle, North Slope, Fire Loop, Spud Rock, Switchback, Mica Mountain, Mica Meadow, Bonita, Devils Bathtub, East Slope, Deerhead Spring, Turkey Creek (west of Park boundary), Miller Creek (west of park boundary), Heartbreak Ridge, and Manning Camp (east of Douglas Springs intersection.)

Campground closures within the park include Manning Camp, Grass Shack, Happy Valley, and Spud Rock. All off-trail areas within Saguaro National Park east of Douglas Spring Trail and Manning Camp Trails are also closed.

*July 25 aerial view of the Deer Head Fire (NPS Photo by Jason Thivener)


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