Fire crews are contending with gusty and erratic winds, blowing in an easterly direction this morning to a southwest direction in the afternoon and northwest in late afternoon and early evening. While crews experienced relatively mild temperatures today, the week is expected to be increasingly hot and dry.
Despite the winds, helicopter operations continued to aid ground crews by dousing hot spots within the fire perimeter.
Crews are carefully considering existing road and trail systems, changes in vegetation, weather, and natural barriers to minimize any suppression‐related impacts on natural and cultural resources during tactical operations, while prioritizing firefighter and public safety. Firefighters strengthened fire lines to the North, worked to hold the fire within the existing perimeter, and assessed potential control features to the South and East.
A temporary flight restriction is in place over the fire area. Two unlawful drone incursions have occurred since the fire ignited on June 5, 2020, illegally interfering with the efforts of firefighters to extinguish a fire. Doing so can result in a significant fine or a mandatory court appearance. If you fly, we can’t.
Fire managers are in close coordination with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality regarding smoke impacts of the Bighorn Fire, and an Air Quality Advisor has been assigned to the unit. Affected communities should remain aware of smoke advisories and conditions. Learn more at https://www.azdeq.gov/node/5181.
Catalina State Park is closed. Trails in the area will close without notice due to fire activity. Please be aware that the following trails are impacted by the fire: Romero Canyon, Pusch Peak, Pima Canyon, Finger Rock, Pontatoc, Pontatoc Ridge, and Linda Vista. You can view the entire closure order at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6741/.
Percent Containment: 10%
Start Date: June 5, 2020
Origin Location: Santa Catalina Mountains
Jurisdiction: Coronado National Forest, including portions of the Pusch Ridge Wilderness
Resources: 5 hotshot crews, 5 Type 3 engines, 6 Type 6 engines, 3 Type 1 helicopters, 1 Type 2 helicopter, 1 Type 3 helicopter, 9 water tenders
Fire Information Phone Line: (520) 329-7439
Media Phone Line: (520) 329-7640