Hazard Fuel Project Helps Reduce Wildfire Risk

A group of firefighters gathers in a parking area for a briefing.
This burn was a collaborative effort by firefighters from Saguaro National Park, Coronado National Forest, and Tubac Fire District.

Saguaro National Park fire staff, including the Saguaro Wildland Fire Module, burned approximately five acres of piles at Tumacácori National Historical Park on April 10, 2014. The piles were located in the northwest corner of the park, adjacent to private homes on the western boundary. The piles consisted of mesquite tree branches and other brush previously thinned in the park.

A firefighter stands near a burning pile monitoring the situation.
Several piles of woody debris were burned in Tumacácori National Historical Park on April 10, 2014. The piles consisted of mesquite tree branches and other brush previously thinned in the park.

The burn was made possible with the assistance of engines, personnel, and water tenders from the Catalina and Nogales Ranger Districts of the Coronado National Forest and Tubac Fire District.

The project was completed in a day. Firefighters put in a 1,400-foot hose lay before the burn, used for pretreating around the piles and mopping up. They monitored the piles until they were completely out.

One pile has burned to embers, while another one continues to burn actively.

This hazard fuels reduction project reduced fuels that could feed a wildfire along the park’s western boundary. This reduces the threat of fire to private homes and helps protect the plants, wildlife, and important cultural resources in the park.

This hazard fuels reduction helped reduce fuels that could feed a wildfire along the park’s western boundary. This will reduce the threat of fire to private homes and help protect the plants, wildlife, and important cultural resources in the park.

Contact: Bob Love, superintendent
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Phone: (520) 377-5070

Last updated: December 15, 2017