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Firefighters Monitoring Lightning Ignited Spud Rock Fire in Saguaro National Park’s Rincon Mountains

View from Spud Rock of the Spud Rock Fire
View from Spud Rock of the 2017 Spud Rock Fire

NPS Photo: T.Palmer

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News Release Date: July 20, 2017

Contact: Michelle Fidler, 520 400 2932

Contact: Fire Information Hotline, 520 733 5150

Tucson, AZ –A lightning-ignited fire was reported yesterday in the Rincon Mountains at approximately 3:15 p.m. It is located about two miles northeast of Spud Rock. The fire is estimated to be approximately an acre. 
Firefighters are currently monitoring and assessing the fire. Fire behavior is currently low, dampened by humidity and recent rain. There’s a chance of additional precipitation in the coming days. Firefighters will continue to monitor the fire and take action as needed.
The fire is burning within the Saguaro Wilderness at an elevation of approximately 8,400 feet. It is burning in steep, rugged terrain. Vegetation in the area includes ponderosa pine. There are several rocky outcroppings in the area that will serve as natural fuel breaks. This area burned most recently in 2003 during the Helen’s 2 Fire.
The fire is in the vicinity of the North Slope and Fire Loop Trails, however no closures have been implemented at this time. Backcountry visitors are encouraged to check with the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center for current conditions and updates on potential trail closures.
Smoke is visible from Tucson, Redington Pass, and the surrounding area. 
The Saguaro Wildland Fire Module is currently assigned to the incident. Cooperators include the Coronado National Forest.
For updated information please visit or call the park’s Fire Information Hotline at (520) 733-5150.

Last updated: July 20, 2017

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