Fire Temporarily Closes I-40 at Flagstaff as Arizona Burns Again

Fire Temporarily Closes I-40 at Flagstaff as Arizona Burns Again

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June 17th, 2003, 2:00 pm #1

[A summary of other Arizona fires is also in this story]

A wildfire burning through a drought- and pest-ravaged forest Monday forced authorities to close a stretch of Interstate 40, the main route across northern Arizona. The route reopened about 8 p.m. Monday

The "Lizard" fire had burned 1,400 acres of piñon pine and juniper forest about 14 miles east of Flagstaff. As it approached I-40 from the south, the state Department of Public Safety closed an 18-mile stretch in both directions because of smoke and flying embers.

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Ken Akerman
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June 17th, 2003, 5:37 pm #2

FLAGSTAFF - Two new wildfires were reported near <a href=http://www.flagstaff.az.us/>Flagstaff</a> Sunday afternoon, <a href=http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino/>Coconino National Forest</a> officials said.

The Lizard fire, suspected of being a "sleeper" fire ignited by lightning last weekend, sprang to life Sunday afternoon. Burning five miles south of Winona and three miles northwest of the Mormon fire, it sent up a column of smoke visible in Flagstaff, according to a <a href=http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino/news.shtml#jun16>press release</a>.

As of 6 p.m. Sunday, the Lizard fire had grown to 300 acres and was burning actively in windy conditions. It is burning in pinyon and juniper and is spreading to the north-northeast, and officials are assessing the fire because it may threaten a power line south of Interstate 40.

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Ken Akerman
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June 19th, 2003, 6:16 pm #3

[A summary of other Arizona fires is also in this story]

A wildfire burning through a drought- and pest-ravaged forest Monday forced authorities to close a stretch of Interstate 40, the main route across northern Arizona. The route reopened about 8 p.m. Monday

The "Lizard" fire had burned 1,400 acres of piñon pine and juniper forest about 14 miles east of Flagstaff. As it approached I-40 from the south, the state Department of Public Safety closed an 18-mile stretch in both directions because of smoke and flying embers.

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TUCSON - Officials expect wind to push the Aspen fire toward <a href=http://mtlemmonsuites.com/Summerhaven.h ... erhaven</a> today, but the breeze is expected to be light.

"It will push it toward Summerhaven, but winds of five to twelve (mph) aren't terrible," said Jonetta Holt, a spokeswoman for the <a href=http://www.fs.fed.us/>U.S. Forest Service</a>.

The fire raged about three-quarters of a mile from the community, burning more than 465 acres as of this morning. The <a href=http://www.nws.noaa.gov/>National Weather Service</a> is calling for winds from the southwest at 10-15 mph today.

Potentially threatening 300 homes, 50 businesses and 150 other structures, the blaze burned in heavy forest, said Marylee Peterson, a fire information officer for the <a href=http://www.fs.fed.us/>Coronado National Forest</a>.

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The Aspen fire lights up a ridge of the Santa Catalina Mountains last night.
XAVIER GALLEGOS/<a href=http://www.tucsoncitizen.com>Tucson Citizen</a>
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Ken Akerman
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June 20th, 2003, 5:39 am #4

[A summary of other Arizona fires is also in this story]

A wildfire burning through a drought- and pest-ravaged forest Monday forced authorities to close a stretch of Interstate 40, the main route across northern Arizona. The route reopened about 8 p.m. Monday

The "Lizard" fire had burned 1,400 acres of piñon pine and juniper forest about 14 miles east of Flagstaff. As it approached I-40 from the south, the state Department of Public Safety closed an 18-mile stretch in both directions because of smoke and flying embers.

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TUCSON - After narrowly escaping disaster last summer, Summerhaven's luck ran out Thursday as the Aspen Fire blew up around noon and swept through Tucson's cherished mountaintop retreat.

Fire officials estimated half the town's structures - maybe 200 or 250 buildings - have already been lost. Winds reaching 60 mph whipped the blaze into a 4,000-acre inferno that sounded like a freight train to the firefighters who fled for their lives.

"It looks like every other house is gone," said Larry Humphrey, the incident commander who led nearly 700 fire personnel in a desperate, but ultimately futile effort to save the village.

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Ken Akerman
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June 20th, 2003, 3:59 pm #5

[A summary of other Arizona fires is also in this story]

A wildfire burning through a drought- and pest-ravaged forest Monday forced authorities to close a stretch of Interstate 40, the main route across northern Arizona. The route reopened about 8 p.m. Monday

The "Lizard" fire had burned 1,400 acres of piñon pine and juniper forest about 14 miles east of Flagstaff. As it approached I-40 from the south, the state Department of Public Safety closed an 18-mile stretch in both directions because of smoke and flying embers.

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TUCSON - In just hours yesterday, the Aspen fire, which started Tuesday, grew from 300 acres to 4,000 acres ripping through the heart of Summerhaven.

The raging inferno destroyed about 200 homes, Alpine Lodge and the Post Office in Summerhaven yesterday. Fueled by dry forest and gusty winds, the fire may burn out of control for weeks.

Exploding propane tanks added to the hellish scene, and <a href=http://www.governor.state.az.us/>Gov. Janet Napolitano</a> declared a state of emergency for <a href=http://www.co.pima.az.us>Pima County</a>, freeing up $75,000 in state funds to fight the blaze.
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A helicopter flies past television towers on <a href=http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?z=12&n= ... s=25>Mount Bigelow</a> on its way to drop water
on <a href=http://www.topozone.com/map.asp?z=12&n= ... s=25>Mount Lemmon</a>'s Aspen fire, the source of the billowing clouds of smoke.
GARY GAYNOR/<a href=http://www.tucsoncitizen.com>Tucson Citizen</a>
Coverage is also in the <a href=http://www.azstarnet.com/wildfire/>Arizona Daily Star</a>.
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June 23rd, 2003, 2:29 pm #6

[A summary of other Arizona fires is also in this story]

A wildfire burning through a drought- and pest-ravaged forest Monday forced authorities to close a stretch of Interstate 40, the main route across northern Arizona. The route reopened about 8 p.m. Monday

The "Lizard" fire had burned 1,400 acres of piñon pine and juniper forest about 14 miles east of Flagstaff. As it approached I-40 from the south, the state Department of Public Safety closed an 18-mile stretch in both directions because of smoke and flying embers.

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The <a href=http://www.as.arizona.edu>Steward Observatory</a> and a nearby radar site were spared from flames yesterday when fire crews set a blaze of their own that balked the Aspen fire near the top of Mount Lemmon.

Despite the victory above Summerhaven, firefighters were scrambling as another portion of the fire threatened to rage out of control farther down the Catalina Highway when flames jumped a fire break between Sabino and Spencer canyons.

With the electronics equipment atop Mount Bigelow at stake, crews worked through the afternoon to contain the flareup, said Operations Section Chief Roy Hall.

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Little remains of the Little Rainbow Gift Shop in the village of Summerhaven.
Fire crews yesterday worked to save cabins and other buildings in the village.
Photos by TRICIA McINROY/<a href=http://www.tucsoncitizen.com>Tucson Citizen</a>
The metal dinosaur's skeleton still stands next to the Cabins & Cookies sign.

But the business is gone, and next door, mere traces of a home are left, with only parts of brick walls remaining.

Two doors down on Summerhaven's main drag, North Sabino Canyon Park, an American flag flaps in the breeze near an untouched cabin.

Charred trees, some with bare branches, stand amid the ghostly smoke that casts a gray pall on this Mount Lemmon town.

The conflagration that ripped through Summerhaven on Thursday cut across town in a mosaic pattern, said Heidi Schewel, a fire information officer for the Aspen fire.

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The Aspen fire casts a gray pall on the village of
Summerhaven, where an outdoor cafe suffered damage.
Photos by TRICIA McINROY/<a href=http://www.tucsoncitizen.com>Tucson Citizen</a>
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Ken Akerman
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June 25th, 2003, 4:44 pm #7

[A summary of other Arizona fires is also in this story]

A wildfire burning through a drought- and pest-ravaged forest Monday forced authorities to close a stretch of Interstate 40, the main route across northern Arizona. The route reopened about 8 p.m. Monday

The "Lizard" fire had burned 1,400 acres of piñon pine and juniper forest about 14 miles east of Flagstaff. As it approached I-40 from the south, the state Department of Public Safety closed an 18-mile stretch in both directions because of smoke and flying embers.

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SUMMERHAVEN, AZ - The Aspen fire's destruction of a radio tower will make it tougher for searchers to find and rescue hikers lost in the <a href=http://www.cs.arizona.edu/camera/>Santa Catalina Mountains</a>.

"We're probably going to be a step slower now," Marvin G. Stafford, spokesman for the volunteer <a href=http://www.sarci.org/sara01.html>Southern Arizona Rescue Association</a>, said this week.

During the weekend, the group lost the radio repeater it maintained on Mount Lemmon for about 15 years.

With the repeater, tower and small HAM radio shack that housed the electronic heart burned out, members of the group said an important communication link has been lost.

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Firefighters try to protect the towers and observatory on
Radio Ridge, seen through heavy smoke from the Aspen fire.
Photos by FRANCISCO MEDINA/<a href=http://www.tucsoncitizen.com>Tucson Citizen</a>
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Ken Akerman
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June 25th, 2003, 4:52 pm #8

[A summary of other Arizona fires is also in this story]

A wildfire burning through a drought- and pest-ravaged forest Monday forced authorities to close a stretch of Interstate 40, the main route across northern Arizona. The route reopened about 8 p.m. Monday

The "Lizard" fire had burned 1,400 acres of piñon pine and juniper forest about 14 miles east of Flagstaff. As it approached I-40 from the south, the state Department of Public Safety closed an 18-mile stretch in both directions because of smoke and flying embers.

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepubli ... rdp17.html
SUMMERHAVEN, AZ - Firefighters were sounding increasingly optimistic Wednesday morning about stopping the 26,750-acre Aspen Fire before it does any more property damage in the Catalinas.

Crews plan to keep constructing fuel breaks on the fire's northern end to protect <a href=http://www.geocities.com/oracleworks/>Oracle</a>, which is not considered at risk. If weather conditions permit, they'll start burning out that line to secure it.

This is the first day since the fire's start on June 17 that meteorologists haven't issued a "red flag" warning. Winds are expected to decrease to 10-15 mph and shift from the west and northwest.

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June 26th, 2003, 4:20 pm #9

[A summary of other Arizona fires is also in this story]

A wildfire burning through a drought- and pest-ravaged forest Monday forced authorities to close a stretch of Interstate 40, the main route across northern Arizona. The route reopened about 8 p.m. Monday

The "Lizard" fire had burned 1,400 acres of piñon pine and juniper forest about 14 miles east of Flagstaff. As it approached I-40 from the south, the state Department of Public Safety closed an 18-mile stretch in both directions because of smoke and flying embers.

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TUCSON - Flash flooding may be more prominent this year as water and ash stream off of Mount Lemmon and into the northern reaches of the city during monsoon season.

A system of storms is expected to move through <a href=http://www.ci.tucson.az.us>Tucson</a> this weekend, but <a href=http://www.nws.noaa.gov/>National Weather Service</a> officials said it will not produce enough rain to spark flash floods and is not part of the seasonal thunderstorms caused by a moisture surge from Mexico.

The Aspen fire has burned vegetation that would slow the movement of water off the Santa Catalina Mountains, said Jennifer Ruyle, a member of the Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation team.

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ORACLE, AZ - A major research center has temporarily shut down this week as the Aspen fire draws closer to <a href=http://www.geocities.com/oracleworks/>Oracle</a> and surrounding areas.

Administrators of <a href=http://www.columbia.edu>Columbia University</a>'s <a href=http://www.bio2.edu/>Biosphere 2</a> view the shutdown partly as a courtesy to fire officials in the area, who would have their hands full if the blaze approaches Oracle.

"Our property is very defensible," said Senior Vice President <a href=http://webcenter.ldeo.columbia.edu:81/C ... hristopher Bannon</a>, who believes that surrounding grazing land provides an adequate buffer around Biosphere.

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Smoke from the Aspen fire forms a threatening backdrop to Biosphere 2
on Tuesday. The research center is about three miles from the blaze.
FRANCISCO MEDINA/<a href=http://www.tucsoncitizen.com>Tucson Citizen</a>
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Terry
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June 27th, 2003, 8:28 pm #10

[A summary of other Arizona fires is also in this story]

A wildfire burning through a drought- and pest-ravaged forest Monday forced authorities to close a stretch of Interstate 40, the main route across northern Arizona. The route reopened about 8 p.m. Monday

The "Lizard" fire had burned 1,400 acres of piñon pine and juniper forest about 14 miles east of Flagstaff. As it approached I-40 from the south, the state Department of Public Safety closed an 18-mile stretch in both directions because of smoke and flying embers.

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepubli ... rdp17.html
We tried to climb Humphrey last year and the National Forrest was closed due to the lack of rain. A friend of mine is going out there this year. What is the status of Humphrey.
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