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After the 4th fire engine went by our neighborhood, I looked out the window and got a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach when I saw the smoke on top of the mountains. I jumped in the car and just 4 miles away I got there in time to see them dropping slurry and water on the ridge that includes Toms Thumb (scroll down for video link). Because of the expertise of our firefighters, the fire was contained to just 200 acres. Whew! The probably cause was electrical sparks from construction on a house at the base of the mountain. Wildfire is a constant threat in the summer and with two thirds of Scottsdale being either Preserve or natural area open space (NOAS), these fires can be a real threat to homes. The last fire that came dangerously close to the neighborhoods up here was in 1995, the year we moved here. That fire destroyed thousands of acres of pristine desert. A real heartbreak. VIDEO:

Video captured with Canon SX1 IS

  1. James Flynn #

    Great video & pics. I was the first person to notify Claire yesterday, when I first saw the smoke. I was driving east on Pinnacle Peak almost to Tatum, by the time I got home, you could really see the smoke. The video you have of the plane dropping the water I saw from my backyard. Thank goodness we have such a great fire response team in Scottsdale.

    June 16, 2010
    • marianne skov jensen #

      Thanks for the feedback and thanks especially for notifying Claire!!!

      June 16, 2010
  2. Jenn #

    Oh, I’m glad to see follow-up on this story. Last night I was not able to scramble to the call, and was worried about whether it was contained or not. Thanks!

    June 16, 2010

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