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Coronado National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
300 W. Congress St.
Tucson, AZ 85701

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Public Information Phone Line
Phone: 520-329-7439
Hours: M-F 8am-8pm SS 8am-8pm

Public Information Phone Line #2
Phone: 520-276-8981
Hours: M-F 8am-8pm SS 8am-8pm

Bighorn Fire Morning Update, Monday, June 29

Bighorn Wildfire
News – 6/29/2020

Bighorn Fire Morning Update, June 29,2020

Northern Rockies Incident Management Team

Mike Goicoechea, Incident Commander

Bighorn Fire Info: (520) 329-7439 & (520) 276-8981, 8AM-8PM

Media Phone Line: (520) 329-7640, 8AM-8PM




Burned Area Response:

Incident Statistics

Location:  Santa Catalina Mountains

Size:      107,099 acres

Containment:    45%

Injuries:  7 minor

Date detected: June 5, 2020

Cause:  Lightning

Estimated cost: $32.7 MM

Resources:  24 Hand Crews, 7 Dozers, 78 Engines, 25 Water-tenders, 11 Helicopters, 1,080 Personnel


Winds will gust to 40 mph and active fire behavior is expected today.

Yesterday’s Activity:  Helicopters, heavy equipment, and ground crews attacked a spot fire near the Mt. Lemmon radio towers. Backing fire moved slowly away from Palisade Canyon, Scout Camp, and Willow Canyon. Firing operations continued south from Green Mountain along the Catalina Highway. Fireline construction, structure protection, and burnout operations continued west of Redington near Piety Hill Road (#649), Lone Hill Tank, and Donovan Ridge. Wind driven fire moved east through the Burro fire scar into upper Bullock Canyon. Contingency line prep continued on Arizona Trail, Piety Hill Road (#649) and Redington Road. Firefighters hiked Sabino Canyon and did not find any significant hotspots. Firelines along the fire’s south, west, and north sides were patrolled.

Today’s Activities: Protection actions will be focused on values at risk on Mt. Lemmon and the east side of the fire. Resources will work to hold and contain the 3-acre spot fire near the Mt. Lemmon radio towers. Crews will continue to hold and improve handline along the Catalina Highway south of Green Mountain. Along the fire’s eastern edge, firefighters will work to hold existing line and continue construction and improvement of contingency line along Redington Road and the Arizona Trail.  Suppression repair, equipment backhaul, and patrol work will be conducted on the south, west, and north sides of the fire. Sabino Canyon will be monitored and initial attack resources will be available for any new fire starts in the area.

Virtual public meeting tonight at 8 PM at

Evacuation Notices:  Visit or

  GO - Evacuate                   

Southern Catalina Foothills, Catalina Highway on the western border and Redington Road on the east

Redington community bordered by county lines on north and east

East slope of the Catalina Mountains south of the Pima County line and west of the community of Redington

Mt. Lemmon, Summerhaven and Mt. Bigelow

Lower Catalina Highway/Lower Mt. Lemmon Communities from Organization Ridge Road to South Willow Canyon

SET – Be Alert

Southern Catalina Foothills, bounded by Forest Service boundary on the west and County line on the east      

READY – Prepare Now

 Community of Oracle

Portions of east Golder Ranch area

Catalina Foothills areas east of Kolb Road within northern areas of Ventana Canyon neighborhoods

Peppersauce Canyon to Highjinks Road and Campo Benito

Oro Valley areas from Catalina State Park south to Magee Road

Catalina foothills areas from First Avenue to Alvernon Way

Catalina Foothills between Alvernon Way and Kolb Road, north of Skyline Drive

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A temporary flight restriction is in place over the fire area. If you fly, we can’t.  Closures: Sabino Canyon, Bear Canyon, and Catalina State Park are closed. Closures and maps at Catalina Highway is closed to the public at milepost zero. Oracle Control Road is closed. National Forest conditions:

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