The Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team 2, led by incident Commander John Pierson, assumed command of the Bighorn fire this morning, Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at 6:00 a.m. A Type 1 Incident Management Team brings additional resources and more robust management capabilities to manage an increasingly complex fire.
Firefighters are fully suppressing the Bighorn Fire to protect surrounding communities and other values at risk in the area. Firefighter and public safety is the number one priority.
Incident Commander, John Pierson stated: “I commend the local Type 3 Team for their quality work and a smooth transition. We continue to build on their efforts, with a keen eye on safety for our firefighters and the community, in all that we do.”
The lightning-caused Bighorn Fire, ignited the evening of June 5, 2020, has grown to over 2,500 acres, burning in steep rugged terrain within the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. Crews achieved 10% containment along the southwestern portion of the fire.
During the past 24 hours, the fire has been most active in Alamo Canyon, located on the northern face of the Santa Catalina Mountains and upper Pima Canyons, on the southern face.
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/.
Wildfires are a No Drone Zone. If you fly, we can’t. A temporary flight restriction is in place over the fire area. Every time a drone is spotted near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of this area. More info visit Know Before You Fly, http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.
Media Contacts: Adam Jarrold (520) 306-7143; Gerry Perry (520) 991-9226
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