Thursday, April 30, 2015

Brown smoke over Tucson

We're heading into fire season in Arizona with it getting warmer and being dry.

I was at the Relief for Nepal event at Speedway and Swan this evening when I noticed an ominous brown cloud forming to the east of Tucson. I started fearing the worst -- that a wildfire had started up in the mountains.

There was good news and bad news:  The bad news first -- it was a fire. The good news is that it was a controlled burn. It was done on purpose to help lower the chances that the area that was burned today will cause a bigger problem later.

I'm always conflicted in these moments. I get excited seeing out of the ordinary things but I know that fire can be devastating.

Brown smoke east of Tucson
as seen from Speedway and Swan
on Thursday April 30, 2015