PHOTOS: Nearly a month after lightning sparked the Bighorn Fire, crews on Thursday had moved into the mop-up stage. The wildfire started near Pusch Ridge on June 5 was at 118,710 acres — about 185 square miles — on Thursday morning. It was at 58 percent containment, according to an update posted on Facebook.
Crews were expected to monitor, mop-up and begin removing equipment from the surrounding area today, according to an update in the Bighorn Fire Information Page on Facebook.
Lower temperatures and increased humidity is expected to help the firefighting efforts today.
Tucson Arizona Daily Star
PHOTOS: A family of five has been left homeless after a blaze destroyed a home and two vehicles south of Casa Grande Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
Regional Fire & Rescue responded to the structure fire about 1 p.m. off Chuichu Road. Regional Fire & Rescue Chief Steven Kerber said a single-wide mobile home and possibly two vehicles were destroyed by fire. Other agencies that responded were the Casa Grande Fire Department, Arizona City Fire District and Tohono O’odham Nation Fire Department. No one was home at the time of the blaze and no one was injured fighting it.
Area Red Cross officials have been notified to assist a family of five who were displaced by the fire.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation.
PHOTOS: As of July 1, the Wood Spring 2 Fire has grown to 8,999 acres. It is zero percent contained with 313 personnel.
The fire was caused by lightning and is located three miles east of Wood Springs, Arizona. Over the last several days, the fire’s growth was driven by strong southwest winds. However, the contributing factors have shifted, and the fire continues to steadily grow because of dry fuels and steep topography. The fire is expected to display similar characteristics with increased rate of spread occurring in the late afternoon.
The fire remains west of Route 7 and north of the KV powerlines where it intersects with Route 7. Reports of damaged structures have yet to be totaled and assessed to accurately confirm the extent of damages. Structure assessment will occur when the fire area is safe for firefighters to enter.
On July 1, on the southwest side of the fire, crews will be using direct tactics to construct line from Lone Tule Wash and they are aiming to tie it into road N26.
PHOTO: Two men died Tuesday evening in a crash involving a vehicle and a motorcycle on Tucson’s east side, police said.
Around 6:30 p.m., Tucson police and firefighters responded to the intersection of East Speedway and North Van Buren Avenue, just east of North Craycroft Road, to reports of a crash involving a motorcycle, the Tucson Police Department said in a news release Wednesday.
Both drivers were pronounced dead on scene, police said.
The motorcyclist, Brandon Vincent Cleveland, 40, was riding a 2007 Suzuki eastbound on speedway at a high speed when he collided with a 2010 Chrysler 300 driven northbound on Van Buren by Abner Tovar Ortiz, 26 300 northbound on Van Buren.
Excessive speed and failing to yield for a stop sign were factors in the crash, police said.
Cleveland was wearing a helmet, and the motorcycle he was riding had been reported stolen, police said.
Ortiz was not wearing a seat belt during the crash, police said.
Tucson Arizona Daily Star
PHOTO: Several people were displaced from their homes when a power pole fell on an apartment building, and an ensuing transformer explosion sparked a 2-alarm fire early on Wednesday, July 1. According to information from the Tucson Fire Department, the fire happened just before 1 a.m. in the 3400 block of East Lind Road, near East Fort Lowell Road and North Dodge Boulevard.
No injuries or fire were reported in the original call of the fallen pole, so responding units were dispatched Code 2 - with no lights and sirens. Upon arrival, a transformer blew just after 1 a.m., sparking a quickly spreading fire.
A full alarm was dispatched at 1:02 a.m. and a second alarm was dispatched at 1:29 a.m.
Fifty-five firefighters had the fire under control in 89 minutes.
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