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Smoky Skies Across Tucson As Murphy Wildfire Continues To Burn

Smoke from the Murphy Fire wreathes the Santa Rita Mountains in the Coronado National Forest: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender

Smoke from the Murphy Wildfire chokes the Coronado National Forest's Madera Canyon south of Tucson, AZ.


Smoke blocks the view of the Santa Catalina Mountains from Gates Pass: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lender

Smoke obscures the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson, AZ

View from Gates Pass Road


Murphy fire 06-07-11: Mike in Tucson, AZ mortgage lenderAs 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.

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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...


I'm Mike in Tucson, your preferred Tucson Arizona Mortgage Lender.

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SUNSTREET MORTGAGE LLC ~ Correspondent Mortgage Bank
Offices in Mesa, Tucson, Sierra Vista & Nogales


Comment balloon 14 commentsMike Jones • June 08 2011 09:29AM


Mike~  I'm following the arrow!

Posted by ASHEVILLE REALTY REFERRAL RESOURCE 828-776-0779, CONTACT janeAnne365@gmail.com ( REAL ESTATE REFERRAL NETWORK ) over 9 years ago


Thanks for being the first to stop by and comment!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago


People that have never experience the smoke from these huge fires can't possibly understand.


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 9 years ago


It's a mess!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

Mike, such a waste.  That smoke can be dangerous as well as the fires.  So many elderly can't handle breathing it.

Posted by Kay Van Kampen, RealtorĀ®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX) over 9 years ago


The fire was human caused.  Sad...

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

HI MIKE!  This is too close for comfort - it's such a tragedy for everyone and everything in the forest especially because it was caused by a human!

Posted by Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner (KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate) over 9 years ago

That's so scary, Mike. I don't even like to think about the wildlife caught up in it. Too horrible!

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 9 years ago


The Wallow fire in the White Mountains is larger now than all of Phoenix!  It's hard to get my mind around that.


It's hard for me to understand why someone would purposefully do something like this.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

Those fires are incredible!

Posted by Brett Reichel, MLO 210215 (Homebridge Financial Services) over 9 years ago

Thanks for the update Mike. I did not hear about this fire on the news. Everything is focused on the fire up North.

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia III, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) over 9 years ago

 Mike, we have even been affected by the smoke coming our way, the size of it is just unbelieveable!   It has cleared considerably since last week.    Sending down prayers for the firefighter's safety and ability to gain control over the blaze.

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) over 9 years ago

Mike, we're not hearing so much about the Murphy fire here in Scottsdale - we're hearing hourly updates on the Wallow fire.  But, from the news this am, it looks like they're calling more people to your area as the Murphy fire spread farther than they thought.  Please stay safe. 

Posted by Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739 (Dominion Fine Properties) over 9 years ago

Thank God is a fire causing this. I was thinking it was due to execisive "Quemtrails"

Posted by Tucsonian over 8 years ago

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