Tucson AZ Home Loan Info


Wildfire in Southeastern Arizona

Wildfire near Dos Cabesas, AZ

We crossed the state line from New Mexico into Arizona yesterday at about 4:00, coming home from GlenMar Ranch in Oklahoma.  It wasn't long before we could see the smoke of a wildfire in the distance.  I called 911, and they put me in touch with State Forestry. 

I pulled over at the exit nearest the location of the fire to take photos.  I emailed this and one other to KVOA Channel 4, and made the 10:00 news!  

The fire is on BLM land near the ghost town of Dos Cabezas.  As I write this morning, I don't know the outcome.  The wind was blowing pretty hard yesterday afternoon.

When I find out more, I'll let you know.


I'm Mike in Tucson, your preferred Tucson, AZ Mortgage lender.
Mike Jones (Tucson Mortgage Company, LLC): Loan Officer in Tucson, Pima County, Arizona
Think of me as your Tucson expert. Call me for more info on vacationing in Tucson.

Or call me if I can help you with a purchase or refi mortgage;
(520) 349-9090

Photos copyright Mike in Tucson.  All rights reserved.

Comment balloon 25 commentsMike Jones • April 27 2009 10:56AM


You were a very concerned citizen and also got on the news! 

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 11 years ago

Best to yell fire in the dessert. :)  Interesting photo

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) over 11 years ago

Wow Mike, That is an excellent photo. If it wasn't for you putting a time factor on the event of the photo, it looks timeless.

Hey, you should have called me on Sunday and I could meet you for lunch, O well, maybe next time.

                                           ~ Life is Good

Posted by Roy A. Peterson, P.R.E.I. (Domicile Analysis of Texas) over 11 years ago


This picture really captures the moment!!! Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) over 11 years ago


I think I'll go do something positive!

I spotted smoke once. I was with a friend flying low and slow in an old Piper Pacer. My friend had missed one tower on his power line patrol. Before radioing in the smoke report we over flew it. As we did slow turns about a point below campers were waving and pointing, in the plane that wonderful smell of steak nearly ready, filled the cockpit. I'm sure we'd have been welcome, but the biggest clearing was only 50 feet across. Please, forgive the nostalgia. I miss Michigan! You never know what reaction, what emotion your photos will spawn.


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 11 years ago

Mike--It is scary to see that smoke across the sky when you know that is a fire that could spread rapidly!

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) over 11 years ago

I'm glad you reported the fire.  Hopefully it got contained quickly.  Course, we have fires pretty often here.  This small one happened about a week ago near my daughter's school.  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/fire-palm-chrisanta-2369705-county-tree

Posted by Rita Bradley, Valuation Consultant in Orange County California 949-916-3263 over 11 years ago
  • The ghosts at Dos Cabezas thank you I'm sure for keeping their heads (both of them) safe. kate ford

PS Did I read once that you are originally from the politest part of the US... the Carolinas? That would make A LOT of sense. :)

Posted by Kate Kate over 11 years ago

Glad you called it in.  Most folks would figure someone already called and they would keep driving.  So now you're a star???  Can I have your autograph?  LOL

Posted by Carol Smith (Casmi Photography) over 11 years ago

Mike - That is a different looking photograph and you made the news, great you could make the call and I hope it was contained!

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz over 11 years ago

Mike - I like that large bird in the foreground. . .It's almost as if it is sounding the alarm.  I hope the fire has come under control.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 11 years ago

Way to go with the fast thinking response. Just lucky you were coming by.


Posted by Richard Byron Smith, NMLS #184479, Mortgage Loan Officer (Mortgage Loan Officer, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation NMLS #2289) over 11 years ago

That area is a tinderbox right now - thanks for being alert.  They r-e-a-l-l-y could use some rain!

Posted by Kent Simpson, Real Estate Is About People (Realty One Group Mountain Desert) over 11 years ago

We have been very dry this spring until recently it seem like it has rained here everyday for the past week. I hope you get some rain to help with the fire.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 11 years ago

Welcome home, Cowboy!  I hope you enjoyed red dirt country this year.   :)

Posted by Randy Hooker, Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek (Dreamcatcher Realty / Greater Phoenix Area) over 11 years ago

Neat that you made the evening news. That area is real dry and could use rain badly...

Your building consultant for life in Nashville, TN

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 11 years ago


Thanks for commenting!  A followup story tonight on the 10:00 news aired the photos again (with a credit) and named the fire the "Dos Cabezas Fire."  It's not out yet, and has charred more than 300 acres.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Mike - Great shot with the bird in the pic too.  What made you think about sending it to the news?

Posted by John Morgan over 11 years ago

Hi Mike: How you ever got that bird to fly in front of the smoke to get that nice silhouette is beyond me!


Posted by Matt Listro, Your Credit Repair Expert (National Credit Fixers - Matt Listro) over 11 years ago

Mike  We go through every day and never know quite when we will be given the opportunity to perform in the general interest of our world,  Karen

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) over 11 years ago

You've got a photo there that deserves an award!

Posted by Ann Heitland, Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales (Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties) over 11 years ago


I'll just pat myself on the back and hope I don't pull a muscle.  LOL


Thanks for commenting!


What you can't see out of the photo to the right is the hawk chasing that raven.  Wish I'd have gotten the hawk too.


I called 911 to report the fire.  It was Ginny's idea to send in the photos to KVOA.  They ran it!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

GOOD AFTERNOON MIKE! Congrats that your photos of the fire were featured on TV4 - I saw them yesterday morning! -- Gab

Posted by Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner (KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate) over 11 years ago


Cool!  I was in the right place at the right time.  Thanks for commenting.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

I email pictures to the news channels here, too, but I haven't been lucky enough to make it to the big time!

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) over 11 years ago

This blog does not allow anonymous comments