Sonoita - Sawmill FIRE

April 28, 2017

Sonoita - Sawmill FIRE

4/26/2017  Sawmill Fire between Tucson and Sonoita - now at 40,350 acres (doubled since this morning)  Nizhoni Ranch Gallery is south of the fire and safe - keeping our fingers crossed.

Steve has been volunteering at the Fairgrounds which is Command Central for the Fire Fighters, Red Cross, sanctuary for people and animals evacuated, and etc. as you can see in the photos below.

Currently Highway 83 south to Sonoita (from I-10) is closed.  So if you have plans to visit the Gallery anytime soon, check with us on the road closures.  We are still open and operating and the delivery services are still running.  

Our internet repeater tower was destroyed and our internet service was down for 2 days.  We changed providers - so we are back up and running!

 4/27 update:  Steve went to a meeting with the Fire Control group this morning.
Next week,  the Sonoita Horse Races are scheduled. The fire has added so many complications! This will hopefully be the 102nd consecutive year that the race has run. <Everyone has their fingers crossed!> 

4/28 update:  The fire has consumed nearly 47,000 acres and is 40% contained.  The fire storm has calmed down, hopefully the winds will slow down as well, it's the key to taming this beast.

Good news! Highway 83 is open, AND the Horse Races and Kentucky Derby Simulcast WILL be held at the Sonoita Fair Grounds May 6-7.

Fire fairground staging Fire photo courtesy of Arizona Daily Star
Fire Clouds AZ Daily Star Fire horses
Steve at the Fair Grounds Fire Fighters
Hell's Gate Fire Department Fire - plane

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