Yesterday’s Activity: Fire remains active in the areas south and west of Willow Canyon, and aviation assets were used to cool several areas that showed increased fire activity. Due to the extremely rugged terrain in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness and the lack of safety zones, fire managers have determined that it is unsafe for firefighters to make a direct attack on the fire in this area. Efforts are ongoing to keep the fire west of the Catalina Highway as it slowly moves south toward Windy Point. Suppression rehabilitation and repair, along with backhauling equipment, continued on the northern flank of the fire, with dozers and excavators repairing suppression lines and installing water bars to prevent erosion and slow water flow.
Today’s Activity: Firefighters will continue to secure and control fire line around Summerhaven. In the area surrounding the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, several hazard trees have been identified and sawyers will work to fell those trees today. Firefighters will continue to patrol the Sabino Canyon area as fire approaches slowly from the north. Helicopters will be utilized again today to drop buckets of water to cool hotspots near the southern flank of the fire, south of Willow Canyon. Backhaul and rehabilitation will continue for the next several days. Several crews and resources are demobilizing today due to successful firefighting efforts, and as rehabilitation activities are completed.
Highlights: A virtual community meeting is being planned for tonight Monday, July 6 at 8:00 p.m. at https://www.facebook.com/bighornfireinfo/.
An American Sign Language interpreter and captioning will be provided. A recording will be posted following the meeting. No account is required to view the video. If a pop-up box appears when you first navigate to the link, you can use the scroll bar on the right to scroll down to the view and/or click “not now” to minimize the login pop-up. We will monitor online Facebook questions during the meeting, or you can email us your questions in advance at [email protected].
- Location: Santa Catalina Mountains
- Size: 119,020 acres
- Containment: 75%
- Date detected: June 5, 2020
- Cause: Lightning
- Personnel: 426
- Weather: Today will be mostly sunny other than a few afternoon clouds. Minimum humidity levels will range from 8 to 13% across the lower elevations and near 25% over the higher elevations. Temperatures will range from 101 to 107 degrees in the valley.
Bighorn Fire Info: (520) 329-7439, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Media Phone Line: (520) 329-7640, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Burned Area Response: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6796/
NWS Burn Scar: www.weather.gov/twc/bighorn-burn-scar
County Evacuation and Flooding Information
County evacuation status and evacuation alert sign up
Pima: Pima.gov/bighorn; myalerts.pima.gov
Cochise: cochise.az.gov/emergency; cochise.az.gov/emergency
Pinal: www.pinal.gov; pinalcountyaz.gov/emergencymanagement
Closures: Cascabel Road at the Cochise County/Pima County line is now open. Sabino Canyon, Bear Canyon, and Catalina State Park are closed. Catalina Highway is closed to the public at milepost zero. Closures and maps are available at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6741/. A temporary flight restriction is in place over the fire area. If you fly, we can’t – knowbeforeyoufly.org. Forest conditions: fs.usda.gov/alerts/coronado/alerts-notices.