Prison Fire 80% Contained
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. The fire, spanning 270 acres, is now at 80% containment with full containment anticipated this weekend. The fire began with a lightning strike the evening of June 30th.
In spite of rains that hit parts of Tucson and the Catalina Mountains Friday afternoon, the Prison Fire area missed getting sufficient moisture to extinguish its interior. A 20 person crew remains working the fire today. They are working to insure there are no hot spots close to the perimeter. There is still occasionally visible smoke over the fire area from sources of heat inside the burned area that crews are not able to access due to the hazardous nature of the terrain.
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.
It is important to continue to remind visitors to Arizona’s wild lands that Stage Two fire restrictions remain in place banning the use of camp fires, welders, target shooting, and smoking until additional substantial moisture reduces the fire danger. Use of pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns, and heaters possessing shut off devices are allowed but must be used in areas clear of grass and other fine fuels.