Northern Rockies Type 1 Incident Management Team 1 will assume command of the Bighorn Fire today at 6PM. The teams will hold a joint virtual community meeting streamed via Facebook Live at facebook.com/bighornfireinfo at 8PM tonight.
Overnight, firefighters encountered challenges near Radio Ridge with spotting around Marshall Gulch. Today, crews will work to contain those spot fires to neutralize any threats to the community. Concurrently, additional firefighters have been mobilized to the Summerhaven community to bolster protection measures around structures.
Firing operations south of Oracle have been successful, and firefighters will scout the area near Samaniego Ridge today to determine if additional firing operations are needed to keep that fire in check. On the east flank of the fire, crews will be using bulldozers to tie containment lines into existing road systems and may conduct burnout operations near Davis Mesa if weather conditions are favorable.
Southwest Area Incident Management Team 2, led by Incident Commander John Pierson thanks the Coronado National Forest, the numerous cooperators, and the local communities in the Tucson Metropolitan area for tremendous support and coordination as this incident has unfolded. The team also extends thanks to the local media for providing timely, accurate information which is paramount to the safety of the public. Thank you all.
- Acres: 58,553
- Percent Containment: 16%
- Start Date: June 5, 2020
- Cause: Lightning
- Origin Location: Santa Catalina Mountains
- Personnel: 969
- Injuries: 5 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, 28 Type 3 engines, 5 Type 4 engines, 17 Type 5 engines, 25 Type 6 engines, 5 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
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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