The Prison Fire Remains 50% Contained in The Catalina Mountains.
Incident: Prison Fire Wildfire
The Prison Fire, near the old prisoner of war camp in the Santa Catalina Mountains, is burning in extremely rocky, rough, and difficult terrain but crews are making progress in bringing it to containment. Accurate GPS mapping today reduced the amount of acreage burned from yesterday’s estimate of 280 acres, downward slightly to 270 acres. Containment of the fire remains at 50% with full containment anticipated by Saturday evening July 6th. The fire began with a lightning strike the evening of June 30th
There are two 20 person crews working the fire today, improving lines where possible in bluffs and huge rock faces. There is smoke occasionally visible over the fire from internal sources of heat that crews are not able to access due to the hazardous nature of the terrain where they exist. Fire managers are continuously conducting risk assessments in dealing with suppression of the fire. As a result, some of those internal sources of flames are being allowed to burn out where little danger of escape from fire lines is present. Tucsonans and visitors to the Catalina Mountains may see those smoke plumes occasionally for the next several days.
The entire Catalina Mountains of the Coronado National Forest remains open for recreationists but the public is asked to avoid those areas where incident tape is placed so fire crews can continue their work without interference.