Smoke from the Murphy Wildfire chokes the Coronado National Forest's Madera Canyon south of Tucson, AZ.
Smoke obscures the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson, AZ
View from Gates Pass Road
As of last night, more than 67,000 acres had been engulfed by the Murphy fire complex, which started as two separate fires (Murphy fire and Pajarita Fire) and then joined together as the fires burned toward the north and east.
The little artist community of Tubac is threatened today, as the fire burned to within four miles of that town.
The humidity level in the area today is expected to fall into the very low single digits (as low as three percent,) and the temperature is forecast to reach 96 degrees, making the fire conditions significantly worse than they would be if the normal monsoon conditions prevailed.
We've had unusually low levels of rain this spring, making the fuel conditions literally as dry as tinder.
The fire, which started on May 30th, was 50% contained as of last night, but the forecast for 25 mph winds today might make that number dwindle.
Click this link for current information on the progress of the Murphy fire.
Real Estate Connection
Loans in progress for homes in the Tubac area may be denied because of the fire threat. Underwriters for all lenders are asking loan officers to identify at-risk residences. And this isn't the biggest wildfire in Arizona...
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