Highlights: A closure order remains in place on the Coronado National Forest for the area affected by the Bighorn Fire. Despite the increasing containment and reduced visual presence of the fire, Forest Supervisor Kerwin Dewberry reminds homeowners and recreationists that the closure is still in effect to allow for safe firefighting activities and to protect the public.
During the online community meeting last night, Pima County Sheriff’s Office released a statement that business owners, employees, and full-time residents are allowed to return to Summerhaven, with restrictions, starting on Tuesday, July 7. More details can be found at https://www.facebook.com/pimasheriff.
Weather: Slightly higher humidity levels will be present across the fire area today, with a range from 12 to 16% in the lower elevations, and 17 to 24% in the higher elevations. Temperatures will range from 101 to 106 degrees in the valley.
Yesterday’s Activity: Helicopters were used before noon to cool several hot spots in the Windy Point area; however, no increased activity was observed for the rest of the day. Suppression rehabilitation continued throughout several areas around the fire. Utility crews continued with damage assessments of utility poles.
Today’s Activity: Repair and rehabilitation of firelines will continue around the fire perimeter. Crews will utilize chippers in Catalina State Park to reduce brush and other vegetation created during fireline construction. Rehabilitation work will continue in the area surrounding Peppersauce Campground. Resources remain available to assist with initial attack of any new fire starts in the area. As firefighters continue to secure and patrol firelines around Summerhaven, those residents permitted to return to the area are advised to drive with caution and watch out for crews working in the community.
County evacuation status and evacuation alert sign up
Pima: Pima.gov/bighorn; myalerts.pima.gov
Cochise: cochise.az.gov/emergency; cochise.az.gov/emergency
Closures: Cascabel Road at the Cochise County/Pima County line is now open. Sabino Canyon, Bear Canyon, 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: fs.usda.gov/alerts/coronado/alerts-notices.
Location: Santa Catalina Mountains
Size: 119,020 acres
Date detected: June 5, 2020
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