Lightning sparked a small fire Saturday afternoon high up in Romero Canyon in the west end of the Santa Catalina Mountains.
The fire, named the Romero Fire, had burned an estimated one-tenth of an acre by early Saturday evening in a very remote, rugged area, said Coronado National Forest spokeswoman Heidi Schewel. It was burning in a transition zone into pine trees, near the Sutherland Trail in Romero Canyon, which is above Catalina State Park.
The area was receiving light rain as of early Saturday evening and the fire was seeing very little activity, with rising humidity and lower temperatures expected overnight. There are no buildings anywhere near the fire, she said.
"We're not going to try to get anyone in there overnight," Schewel said, adding that the fire would be monitored from a distance. "We'll hike people in in the morning and evaluate," she said.
"I do want to say that these kinds of lightning-caused fires are not unusual, and we're not going to rush to put out every one of them, because these are natural fires doing what nature intends them to do," Schewel said.