Coronado National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
300 W. Congress St.
Tucson, AZ 85701
Public Information Phone Line
Hours: M-F 8am-8pm SS 8am-8pm
Public Information Phone Line #2
Hours: M-F 8am-8pm SS 8am-8pm
Bighorn Fire Info: (520) 329-7439 & (520) 276-8981, 8AM-8PM
Media Phone Line: (520) 329-7640, 8AM-8PM
Burned Area Response: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6796/
NWS Burn Scar https://www.weather.gov/twc/bighorn-burn-scar
Weather: RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 8PM THIS EVENINGWinds will gust to 35mph and active fire behavior is expected tonight.
Today’s Activity: The fire was very active and driven to the north and east by the strong and gusty southwest winds. Maximum wind speeds of 54 mph were observed on Radio Ridge. An indirect dozer line was constructed around the spot fire near the radio towers and protected structures close to the spot fire. Structure protection crews worked in the Summerhaven area. Crews continued improving fireline along the Catalina Highway south of Green Mountain. Along the fire’s eastern edge, gusty winds forced helicopters to be grounded at midafternoon. Pushed by strong southwest winds, the fire spotted out of Beuhman Canyon across Piety Hill Road, burning north and east towards Redington Road. By late afternoon, a spot fire had crossed Redington Road and was picked up by engine crews. Sabino Canyon was monitored and initial attack resources were available for any new fire starts. Suppression repair, equipment backhaul, and patrol work were conducted on the south, west, and north sides of the fire in conjunction with patrolling the fireline.
Tonight’s Activities: A swing shift of firefighters will work later into the evening in support of night operations. Work will focus on holding the spot fire near the Mount Lemmon radio towers and holding fire west of the Redington Road. Structure protection will be in place near the radio tower as well as throughout the active fire areas along the Catalina Highway. The remaining fire area on the south, west, and north sides, including Sabino Canyon, will be in patrol status.
Virtual public meeting tonight at 8 PM at https://www.facebook.com/bighornfireinfo.
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
A temporary flight restriction is in place over the fire area. If you fly, we can’t. knowbeforeyoufly.org. Closures: Sabino Canyon, Bear Canyon, and Catalina State Park are closed. Closures and maps at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6741/. Catalina Highway is closed to the public at milepost zero. Oracle Control Road is closed. National Forest conditions: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/coronado/alerts-notices