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Burro Fire Update: Catalina Highway opens open to residents, employees

Posted at 10:24 AM, Jul 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-11 01:37:14-04

UPDATE: Starting at 3 p.m. Monday, Mt. Lemmon Highway will be open to residents and employees only. Redington Road will also reopen to all traffic.

The Monsoon storms Sunday hit the center of the Burro Fire, so officials were able to release some fire personnel Monday morning. The rain doused about 80% of the fire, which is now 51% contained after burning 27, 238 acres.

Six hundred and thirty personnel will be on call Monday. That number down from 659 over the weekend as crews are getting the upper hand on the fire in large part because of the rain.

The weather caused several complications though: lightning started two separate fires along the flanks of the Burro Fire and rains started flash flooding.

Crews were able to get those smaller fires under control and kept them from spreading.

Flash flooding washed out the roads crews were using to access the fire and made it too dangerous for firefighters to continue in some spots, so crews had to adjust their strategy,

The same conditions are expected for Monday afternoon. Crews will continue structure protection in Summerhaven. The western side of the fire continues to be the most active.

There will be a community meeting for residents with questions Monday, July 10, 2017, at Sahuaro High School, 545 N. Camino Seco, Tucson, AZ 85710.

If you can't attend the meeting, stream it live on the KGUN 9 Facebook. 

Burro Fire Information Phone Lines: 928-351-7537, 928-351-7265, 928-362-0998 (6 a.m. to 9 p.m.).