ARIZONA NEWS

Burro Fire near Tucson grows past 26,000 acres, is 51 percent contained

Jul 8, 2017, 10:18 PM | Updated: 10:19 pm

PHOENIX — Fire management officials said the Burro Fire burning near Tucson had grown to 26,000-plus acres one week after it ignited.

Officials estimated the fire would be fully contained by July 15. Tucson News Now reported that two firefighters had been injured.

The blaze, which began June 30, was at 19 percent contained by Friday morning. Earlier in the week, airtankers and helicopters had helped delay its spread, the Arizona Emergency Information Network posted online.

Almost 700 personnel were battling the 26,731-acre fire.

Officials closed the Mount Lemmon Highway eight miles northeast of Tucson and evacuated Summerhaven residents in the Santa Catalina Mountains, along with campers and hikers.

At a meeting Monday night, officials told residents said there was no timetable for when they could return. Summerhaven is a popular summertime retreat for Tucson residents. About 50 people live there year-round.

The Arizona Daily Star reported the fire had reached 8,000 acres on Sunday.

Officials worried Monday afternoon about thunderstorm activity that could bring lightning to the area and little rain. Strong, erratic wings have caused the fire to grow.

Evacuations had been implemented from mile marker 0 to Mount Lemmon along the Catalina Highway, according to fire officials. Redington Road was also closed between mile posts 2 through 14.

Smoke from the Burro Fire was seen in Tucson and the glow of the fire was visible Saturday night.

The fire was being fueled by burning grass and brush, and the cause of it was unknown.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Facebook Photo / Arizona Department of Transportation)...
KTAR.com

State Route 88 improvement along 11-mile gravel section begins this week

ADOT and the Tonto National Forest's project will improve SR 88's resilience during rainfall, limiting the repairs needed after flooding.
19 hours ago
This illustration made available by Johns Hopkins APL and NASA depicts NASA's DART probe, upper rig...
Associated Press

NASA spacecraft smashes into asteroid for defense test

A NASA spacecraft rammed an asteroid at blistering speed Monday in an unprecedented dress rehearsal for the day a killer rock menaces Earth.
19 hours ago
Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey speaks during a bill signing in Phoenix, Arizona, April 15, 2021...
Associated Press

Valid signature numbers debated in Arizona voucher challenge

Supporters of an expansion of Arizona’s private school voucher system said public school advocates failed to file enough signatures to temporarily block the law.
19 hours ago
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., speaks during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs com...
Associated Press

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema defends bipartisanship at McConnell Center

Members of Congress face "intense pressure" to play to the extreme elements of their own party, Kyrsten Sinema argued in a speech.
19 hours ago
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)...
KTAR.com

Ron Wolfley breaks down Cardinals’ perplexing offensive performance in loss to Rams

Radio analyst and host Ron Wolfley joined KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show on Monday to break down the Cardinals' loss to the Rams.
19 hours ago
Thousands of protesters march around the Arizona Capitol after the Supreme Court decision to overtu...
Associated Press

Planned Parenthood seeks stay of ruling that bans most abortions in Arizona

Planned Parenthood asked an Arizona judge Monday to put on hold a ruling that allowed prosecutors to enforce a law banning abortion in nearly all cases.
19 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network celebrates cancer-fighting superheroes, raises funds during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jace Hyduchak was like most other kids in his kindergarten class: He loved to play basketball, dress up like his favorite superheroes and jump as high as his pint-sized body would take him on his backyard trampoline.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Ways to prevent clogged drains and what to do if you’re too late

While there are a variety of ways to prevent clogged drains, it's equally as important to know what to do when you're already too late.
...
Sanderson Ford

Don’t let rising fuel prices stop you from traveling Arizona this summer

There's no better time to get out on the open road and see what the beautiful state of Arizona has to offer. But if the cost of gas is putting a cloud over your summer vacation plans, let Sanderson Ford help with their wide-range selection of electric vehicles.
Burro Fire near Tucson grows past 26,000 acres, is 51 percent contained