I visited McDowell Mountain Regional park on Friday afternoon. Starting from the competitive track parking area, I hiked part of the technical loop, stopping at the top of T-Bone Ridge to see if I could spot the fire damage. Later, I hiked the Pemberton until I got a closer view. I returned via the South Wash where I saw even more fire damage.
Looking toward Red Mountain from the start of the Technical Loop; there is no fire damage in this photo, but you can see how dry it is.
This is the view from the top of T-Bone Ridge. Look for the blackened ridge below the McDowells.
A closer view after getting closer on the Pemberton:
Yet another view, overlooking the South Wash:
I think the reddish orange coloration on the high bank of the wash was from fire retardant.
Still in the South Wash…