- Acres: 3,277
- Percent Containment: 10%
- Start Date: June 5, 2020
- Cause: Lightning
- Origin Location: Santa Catalina Mountains
- Jurisdiction: Coronado National Forest, including portions of the Pusch Ridge Wilderness
- Personnel: 214
- 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 activity picked up in the area of Pima Canyon overnight, with flames making runs up the canyon walls to Finger Rock, where fire may have been visible from the City of Tucson. While fuels smolder within the perimeter this morning, fire activity is expected to increase again today in the afternoon with temperatures expected to reach 100 degrees. Expect fire to be highly visible on the front face of the range in the areas of Pima Canyon and Finger Rock.
Today, crews will continue to scout the area and build fire line around the perimeter. Air operations will support ground crews as needed, focusing on the northeast edge of the fire where hot spots have been observed. The goal of this work is to construct a boundary around the fire to box it in. Rugged terrain, low humidity and ridgetop winds increase the complexity of this work.
The Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team has ordered additional resources to the fire that will start arriving at the incident today. Crews are operating in small groups and dispersed into isolated camps to provide our firefighters and the public better social distancing. Members of the public are urged to stay away from the fire area so that crews can continue work efficiently.
The Incident Management Team is working closely with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, a cooperator on the Bighorn Fire. The Sheriff’s Department will make determinations on the need for evacuation orders. Residents of Pima County are encouraged to stay informed by signing up to receive emergency alert at https://emergencyalerts.pima.gov/.
A temporary flight restriction is in place over the fire area. Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. For more information visit Know Before You Fly, http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.
Catalina State Park is closed. Trails in the area are restricted 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/.
Fire Information Phone Line: (520) 329-7439, 8AM-8PM
Media Phone Line: (520) 329-7640, 8AM-8PM