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DemoTex

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Sun Jun 19, 2016, 07:47 PM Jun 2016

Earth, Wind, and Fire (and Smoke, Lots of Smoke) [View all]


Smoke from the "Brown Fire" (started in Brown Bear Canyon of the Baboquivary Mountains, 45 miles southwest of Tucson) obscures Baboquivary Peak and spreads over the United States Observatory at Kitt Peak at sunset on Saturday (6/18).


"Ring of Fire - 1": The Brown Fire at 1 AM, Sunday, June 19, 2016.


"Ring of Fire - 2": The Brown Fire at 1 AM, Sunday, June 19, 2016. Spot fires can be seen on the northeast aspect of Baboquivary Peak (to the right of the larger "ring of fire&quot . Fire size at this time was about 4000 acres.


The 99% waxing gibbous moon sets in heavy drift smoke at about 4:45 AM, Sunday, June 19, 2016.


Sunrise with thick, layered, drift smoke from fires to the northeast (probably the Cedar Fire near Show Low, Arizona, and fires in New Mexico). The San Pedro River Valley is holding the smoke like a bathtub holds water (lower right).


A strong northeast wind (25-35+ knots) prevailed most of the night and into mid-morning. This pushed smoke from the Brown Fire (63 miles southwest of me) into Mexico. But it gave us a rude surprise at about 5:30 AM today (Sunday).


Shortly after sunrise, drift smoke started spilling over the Santa Catalina mountain ridges, from the San Pedro Valley, and flowed down the drainages into Tucson. There was widespread public concern, and our fire dispatch center got a number of phone calls.


The hottest day of the year, so far, started quite cool in the high winds at 9000 feet elevation. I grabbed a cuppa, and sat down to rest (I had been shooting off & on since 12:45 AM!). This was about 5:50 AM. Within minutes the lookout phone rang (I really knew it was coming), and I was asked to saddle up the USFS ATV-Quad and do a recon of the north and eastern aspects of the Santa Catalina Mountains, just to rule out any smoke source locally.

Note: At 5 PM Sunday (6/19/2016), the Brown Fire in the Baboquivary Mountains is sized at 8100 acres, and the temperature in Tucson is 113*F. It is a pleasant 82*F here at the fire lookout at 9000 feet.




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You look completely at peace malaise Jun 2016 #1
Doesn't he? Delphinus Jun 2016 #2
Lovin' life! DemoTex Jun 2016 #15
That's great malaise Jun 2016 #17
Thank you for the lovely photos. You do wonderful work. Take care. riversedge Jun 2016 #3
Nice... panader0 Jun 2016 #4
Thanks for the photos marked50 Jun 2016 #5
I'm about 25 miles south of the Dog Head Fire womanofthehills Jun 2016 #13
Thanks, to you and Womanofthehills DemoTex Jun 2016 #16
I'm guessing it's the smoke that makes the Moon look sakabatou Jun 2016 #6
This morning, it was perfect .. DemoTex Jun 2016 #18
Nice sakabatou Jun 2016 #34
Great pics as ALWAYS... what was the temp at 5:50 am up there? liberalla Jun 2016 #7
At 6 AM it was 56*F, with NE winds 25-35 knots DemoTex Jun 2016 #19
So, no horse- so sorry! The ATVs are fun, too... but sure not romantic liberalla Jun 2016 #29
Happy Fire Season NightWatcher Jun 2016 #8
Your photographs are always amazing, Sienna86 Jun 2016 #9
Fire is dangerous and makes a hell of a mess Warpy Jun 2016 #10
F*re happens (my version of S*it happens) DemoTex Jun 2016 #21
Skillz! Cassiopeia Jun 2016 #11
Amazing as always, Mac. We've just got the Scherpa Fire at the moment, 51% contained.... Hekate Jun 2016 #12
Watching the Scherpa on Inciweb and Wildcad. DemoTex Jun 2016 #25
Beautiful pics. Scurrilous Jun 2016 #14
This message was self-deleted by its author passiveporcupine Jun 2016 #20
Incredible photos! dobleremolque Jun 2016 #22
I do! HI! DemoTex Jun 2016 #26
Thank you for expanding my my world by sharing yours! SalviaBlue Jun 2016 #23
I relish your posts and your photos... thank you. nt. druidity33 Jun 2016 #24
great pictures of the tree's still a little green Backwoodsrider Jun 2016 #27
Lots of PACNW crews down here to help .. DemoTex Jun 2016 #30
yeah I would enjoy seeing pictures of the visiting crews too Backwoodsrider Jun 2016 #31
K&R... spanone Jun 2016 #28
I ended up taking the I-40 back home Wednesday night. denbot Jun 2016 #32
Great photos - thanks! Yonnie3 Jun 2016 #33
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