Residents in the Oracle and San Manual areas should expect to see smoke and flames into the night as firefighters conduct back burns south of the community of Oracle along Old Mount Lemmon Highway near Peppersauce. Fire fighters will introduce controlled fire moving it towards the main fire, consuming fuel as it moves across the landscape. When the main fire reaches the burnout area, it should run out of fuel and stop movement in that direction.
Today, helicopters dropped water along the fire’s edge in Wilderness of Rocks, giving crews working on Mt. Lemmon additional time to create holding lines on the west side of Catalina Highway. Crews continue to closely monitor the fire activity in Ventana and Esperero Canyons, which is visible from the Catalina Foothills area. The containment percentage was lowered today accounting for the significant growth in the fire perimeter over the past several days.
Trico Cooperative has restored power to Willow Canyon, Organization Ridge, Mt. Bigelow, Soldier Camp and the upper Loma Linda areas. Crews are in the process of restoring power to Carter Canyon and northern Summerhaven. The east slope of Mt. Lemmon remains deenergized at this time.
- Acres: 37,208
- Percent Containment: 21%
- Start Date: June 5, 2020
- Cause: Lightning
- Origin Location: Santa Catalina Mountains
- Personnel: 894
- Injuries: 3 minor heat-related illnesses
- Jurisdiction: Coronado National Forest, including portions of the Pusch Ridge Wilderness
- Resources: 7 hotshot crews, 13 Type 2 hand crews, 2 Type 1 engines, 26 Type 3 engines, 4 Type 4 engines, 32 Type 6 engines, 4 Type 1 helicopters, 1 Type 2 helicopter, 2 Type 3 helicopters, 18 water tenders, 6 bulldozers
GO - Evacuate
- Mt. Bigelow & Lower Soldier HOA
- Community of Summerhaven
- Willow Canyon
- Peppersauce Canyon to Highjinks Road and Campo Bonito
SET – Be Alert
- Community of Oracle
- Portions of East Golder Ranch
- Catalina Foothills between Alvernon Way and Sabino Canyon Road, North of Skyline Drive
READY – Prepare Now
- Oro Valley area from Catalina State Park south to Magee Road
- Tucson foothills area from First Avenue east to Alvernon Way
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Closures: The Coronado National Forest closure order has been expanded to include the eastern portion of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Catalina State Park is closed. View the closure maps at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6741/. Catalina Highway is closed to the public at milepost zero. Oracle Control Road is closed.
Fire Information Phone Line: (520) 276-8981 and (520) 329-7439, 8AM-8PM
Media Phone Line: (520) 329-7640, 8AM-8PM
Smoke Outlook: wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/EasternArizona