Yesterday evening’s burnout operations that created a buffer around the Mt. Lemmon Sky Center proved successful. Today, the fire reached that buffer and turned to the north, establishing in La Cañada del Oro Canyon. This generated a large volume of smoke that was visible today near the crest of Mt. Lemmon. This evening, firefighters will resume burnout operations to the switchback north of the observatory to keep the fire from impacting the community.
Fire burning along Samaniego Ridge, driven by high winds and dry brush, is producing substantial amounts of smoke visible from the Town of Oracle. Firefighters are securing containment lines to the north to hold the fire if it moves further down off the ridge. This includes reconstructing dozer line located south of Oracle from the 2003 Aspen Fire.
- Acres: 23,892
- Percent Containment: 40%
- Start Date: June 5, 2020
- Cause: Lightning
- Origin Location: Santa Catalina Mountains
- Personnel: 808
- Injuries: 3 minor heat-related illnesses
- Jurisdiction: Coronado National Forest, including portions of the Pusch Ridge Wilderness
- Resources: 7 hotshot crews, 8 Type 2 hand crews, 2 Type 1 engines, 27 Type 3 engines, 1 Type 4 engine, 30 Type 6 engines, 3 Type 1 helicopters, 1 Type 2 helicopter, 4 Type 3 helicopters, 12 water tenders, 6 bulldozersEvacuation Notices
Ready, Set, GO! encourages Arizonans to get READY by preparing now for what threatens their community, be SET by maintaining awareness of significant danger and to GO, evacuate immediately when the danger is current.
- Mt. Lemmon, Mt. Bigelow, and Lower Soldier HOA north of Organization Ridge Road including the community of Summerhaven
- Lower Mt. Lemmon from Organization Ridge Road to South Willow Canyon
- Portions of East Golder Ranch near Catalina State Park
- Oro Valley area from Catalina State Park south to Magee Road
- Tucson foothills area from First Avenue east to Alvernon Way
Visit pima.gov/bighorn for the most up-to-date information on evacuation notices, an interactive map, and county resources. Sign up to receive Pima County emergency alerts at myalerts.pima.gov and Pinal County alerts at pinalcountyaz.gov/emergencymanagement. Residents may contact the Pima County Sheriff’s Department at 520-351-FIRE (3473) with evacuation questions.
Closures: The Coronado National Forest closure order includes Sabino and Bear Canyons. Catalina State Park is closed. Large portions of the Coronado National Forest, Santa Catalina Ranger District near the fire are restricted. View the closure orders and maps at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6741/. Catalina Highway is closed to the public at milepost zero. Only residents and business owners may pass. 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