I'm anxious to check out the burn area below Bighorn Mountain but also to see if I can access the ridge between Bighorn and Table. I approached it from the Pima Canyon side and stood at the ridge, looking down and it appeared I could get through if not for the dense brush. I also think it would be really neat to find the lightning strike. A fire fighter told me it had been located from where the fire began.
I park in front of the park in Ram's Canyon Pass and head up via the dirt road.
Beautiful as always, prior to reaching the burn area but at a fence.....
.....I am stopped by a strongly worded notice. Jail time and/or a serious fine for going beyond this point. I don't think anyone will remember to come out and remove the sign so I'll wait, as the notice stated, for the "Incident Command Center" to be dismantled. There was also a phone number that I tried to call a couple of times because the Catalina State Park based fire folks have all moved to the east side. Maybe that triggers the expiration of the notice? Probably not.
In the distance, some lingering smoke in this early morning. Back, I hope, soon.