Montrose Fire | CNF | Tucson AZ | Update 2

UPDATED 5/14/2016  1030 PDT


Heavy helicopter water lift at Rose Canyon Lake

Courtesy of Coronado NF


Date/Start:  5/12/2016 @ 0500 Hours MDT.

Location:  Box Spring 3 miles NW of Rose Canyon Lake.  Catalina Mountains.  Near Marshall Gulch  on Mount Lemmon in Arizona.

Command:  IC Rogers Wright.

Fire Fuels:  Timber. Brush. Downed trees.

Conditions:  Very rough country.

Cause:  Human.  Under investigation.




  • Fire crews set up pump / fire hoses nearby out of the Sabino Creek.
  • Spike-camped along fire line last night and working on line this AM.
  • Hot spots to continue to be addressed in the interior of the fire perimeter.
  • 60 personnel assigned.
  • 50% containment status.
  • Some resources may be released today.


  • Fire burning in downed timber and brush
  • Steep rough terrain
  • AM fire spread stopped
  • 1 add’l hotshot crew arrived last night
  • Fire suppression being handled in cooperation with ground crews & helos making water drops
  • Working to extinguish hotspots around fire perimeter
  • Large dead and down trees continue to burn w/in the interior
  • Weather Forecasat: gusty upslope winds to likely occur.
  • Goal is to have crews establish a large defensible perimeter around the fire
  • Rose Canyon Lake temporarily closed due to safety and helos dipping from it


  • Fire started @ 0500 Hours.
  • Human caused.
  • 12 Acres.
  • Water drops being utilized.
  • Fire crews fighting fire from ground.
  • 60 personnel assigned to this event.
  • 6 Water tenders ordered.
  • Rose Canyon Lake temporarily closed, as helos are dipping from it.
  • Hotshot crews have the fire under control as of 1850 MDT. Will continue through the night.
  • TFR issued over fire
Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

Photo Courtesy: Inciweb


No Drones in Fire Zones

  • Privately owned drones have been detected flying over the fires around the United States.
  • A Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR has been approved by the FAA over the Montrose Fire area.
  • Don’t fly your Drones in Fire Zones or Fire Suppression aircraft will be forced to land until the airspace is cleared.



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