Highlights: On Monday, July 13 at 6:00 a.m., the Southwest Area Incident Management Team 4 will transfer command of the Bighorn Fire back to the Coronado National Forest. Type 4 Incident Commander Corey Robinson will be in command of the fire and will continue building on the successful work of the previous incident management teams.
This will be the last update provided by the Southwest Area Incident Management Team 4. Beginning Monday, the daily update will be produced by the Coronado National Forest. Contact information and websites will remain the same.
A virtual community meeting will be hosted today, Sunday, July 12 at 3:00 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/bighornfireinfo/ This will be the last community meeting hosted by the Southwest Area Incident Management Team 4.
An American Sign Language interpreter and CART captioning will be provided. We will monitor online Facebook questions during the meeting, or you can email us your questions in advance at [email protected] .
Weather: Southern slopes of the Bighorn Fire received approximately 0.1 to 0.25 inches of rain from Saturday evening thunderstorms. Sunday will be the hottest day of the year so far, with temperatures in the valley reaching 113 degrees. Minimum humidity levels will range from around 11 to 16% across the lower elevations to 20 to 30% over the higher elevations. The Excessive Heat Warning issued for Southeast Arizona remains in place through Monday evening.
Yesterday’s Activity: Crews completed chipping operations at the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter and Mt. Bigelow, and felled hazard trees in Spencer Campground. During the late afternoon, outflow winds from nearby thunderstorms aligned with fuels and pushed the fire along the north side of the West Fork Trail #24. This increased fire activity produced a smoke column above Sabino Canyon that was visible from Tucson. Evening thunderstorms and associated rain moved through the area and tempered that fire growth.
Today’s Activity: Firefighters will be identifying and assessing hazard trees that may require removal due to the high winds received over the fire area last night. Chipping, backhaul, and suppression rehabilitation will continue in the Summerhaven area, as well as other portions of the fire.
County Evacuation and Flooding Information:
Pima: Evacuation status - Pima.gov/bighorn, Evacuation alert sign up - myalerts.pima.gov
Cochise: Evacuation status - cochise.az.gov/emergency, Evacuation alert sign up - cochise.az.gov/emergency
Pinal: Evacuation status - www.pinal.gov, Evacuation alert sign up - pinalcountyaz.gov/emergencymanagement
Closures: Cascabel Road at the Cochise County/Pima County line is now open. Sabino Canyon, Bear Canyon, Redington Road 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 available at: fs.usda.gov/alerts/coronado/alerts-notices
Location: Santa Catalina Mountains
Size: 119,250 acres
Date detected: June 5, 2020
Hand Crews: 3
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