Fires, Disease, Bighorns Thriving, Summer, Climbing Accident – 5/31/2015

No fire restrictions in place on Mt. Lemmon despite recent fire – Monica Garcia – KVOA.com – The article notes that despite multiple fires in Southern Arizona there are no current fire restrictions – and then explains that the Forest Service has a series of tests they use to determine if restrictions are warranted. Current conditions are apparently not (yet!) dry/hot enough yet for restrictions to go into effect.

Delayed Tucson fire season arrives for holiday weekend – Tom Beal – Arizona Daily Star: Today (5/31/2015) Inciweb has 3 fires listed in the Coronado National Forest (Aliso, Oak Tree, Research) – fire season is certainly here…

State trying to protect bighorn sheep from diseases – Cam Chery – Yuma Sun: Domesticated Sheep and Pack Goats can transmit potentially fatal diseases to Bighorn Sheep – deaths in the Silverbell herd of Bighorn are specifically mentioned as being attributed to domestic goats. Spatial separation of the Bighorns and domestic Sheep and Goats is mentioned as the most important management technique for keeping the Bighorn Sheep disease free.

Reintroduced Bighorns Thriving in Santa Catalina Mountains – AZPM, Positive signs for bighorns: breeding and lamb survival – Douglas Kreutz – Arizona Daily Star: 40 of the released Sheep are known to be alive, no deaths in 5 months, lambs being born/surviving and evidence of breeding in the Santa Catalina Mountains – very positive news for the Santa Catalina Bighorn!

100 days of summer June 25-July 1 – Arizona Daily Star: A 9PM Tram Ride up Sabino Canyon and a trip up to Summerhaven are both mentioned – probably nothing new to anyone reading this but both such good ideas!

Rock climber injured in accident on Mt. Lemmon – Arizona Daily Star, Injured man rescued near Windy Point – Brent Corrado – KGUN9: A rappelling accident in the Windy Point area – 45ft fall, non-life threatening injuries.

The June SARCI SARNews Newsletter reports incidents on the Phoneline, Bear, Ventana Canyon and Green Mountain Trails and at Seven Falls and Tanque Verde Canyon.

Rock Climber fround Dead

Rock Climber Found Deceased on Mount LemmonBody of avid rock climber found on Mount LemmonAuthorities identify dead climber found on Mt. LemmonClimber Dies on the Lemmon 10/02/13 – Climber David Webster dies on the mountain. A post on Facebook and Supertopo indicate that it was a heart attack (this was later partly confirmed here Medical examiner: Mt. Lemmon climber may have died from natural causes).