The fire will continue to be active overnight due to low humidity recovery, with fire managers anticipating slow but steady growth. Winds will shift direction in the evening hours, blowing lightly out of the northwest. Crews will take advantage of favorable weather conditions to carry on with burnout operations south of Oracle and on Mt. Lemmon. As a result, communities can expect to see smoke.
Fire is still backing down Ventana Canyon and crews are vigilantly monitoring the progress, ready to engage with aerial resources when they can be used most effectively. Crews will maintain a strong presence in communities south of Ventana and Esperero Canyons, scouting access routes should they be needed. Wildfire is not a spectator sport. Please do not encroach on areas where crews or aircraft are working to view the fire. Leave roads clear for emergency vehicles.
A temporary flight restriction is in place over the fire area. Every time a drone is seen near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of this area. Law enforcement can take action against a private citizen or commercial business flying drones illegally over a wildfire. Visit knowbeforeyoufly.org for more information.
- Acres: 42,798
- Percent Containment: 19%
- Start Date: June 5, 2020
- Cause: Lightning
- Origin Location: Santa Catalina Mountains
- Personnel: 908
- Injuries: 3 minor heat-related illnesses
- Jurisdiction: Coronado National Forest, including portions of the Pusch Ridge Wilderness
- Resources: 7 hotshot crews, 14 Type 2 hand crews, 2 Type 1 engines, 25 Type 3 engines, 4 Type 4 engines, 34 Type 6 engines, 4 Type 1 helicopters, 1 Type 2 helicopter, 2 Type 3 helicopters, 19 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
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.
Closures: The Coronado National Forest closure order includes Sabino and Bear Canyons. Catalina State Park is closed. 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