I rode my bike a few miles north to the town of Catalina where the fire has moved east and north of me. Having originated on the slopes below Pusch Ridge, the fire is moving into the interior of the wilderness and so the flames are not as obvious. At a size of more than 14,000 acres, it is plenty big as it consumes ground that had not had a fire in about 100 years.
Lots of smoke on this morning. Monsoon rains arrived but too far east to be of help.
Chinooks and other helicopters parked and waiting for the return of a drone so they know where to spring into action. Ominously, the fire gained Sutherland Ridge which is connected to Mount Lemmon. Now, the residents of Summerhaven have been ordered to evacuate, just 17 years since the devastating Aspen Fire.
For my neck of the woods, it is all clear so glad about that. Finished with 18 miles of riding so not much but more to come.