Coronado National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
300 W. Congress St.
Tucson, AZ 85701
Bighorn Fire – July 9, 2020 Daily Update
Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 4
Carl Schwope, Incident Commander
Bighorn Fire Info: (520) 329-7439, 8AM-8PM
Media Phone Line: (520) 329-7640, 8AM-8PM
Burned Area Response: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6796/
NWS Burn Scar: www.weather.gov/twc/bighorn-burn-scar
Location: Santa Catalina Mountains
Size: 119,020 acres
Date detected: June 5, 2020
Resources: 4 Hand Crews, 11 Engines, 4 Water-tenders, 2 Helicopters, 302 Personnel
Highlights: A virtual community meeting is being planned for tonight Thursday, July 9 at 8:00 p.m. at https://www.facebook.com/bighornfireinfo/
An American Sign Language interpreter and CART captioning will be provided. A recording will be posted following the meeting. No account is required to view the video. If a pop-up box appears when you first navigate to the link, you can use the scroll bar on the right to scroll down to the view and/or click “not now” to minimize the login pop-up. We will monitor online Facebook questions during the meeting, or you can email us your questions in advance at email@example.com
Weather: Cumulus clouds will build over the area today, with a chance of thunderstorms near or possibly over the fire that may bring outflow winds and rain. Minimum humidity levels are increasing and will be 15% across the lower elevations and20 to 30% in the higher elevations. Temperatures will range from 102‑106 degrees in the valley.
Yesterday’s Activity: Crews completed chipping operations in Catalina State Park along with some additional trail rehabilitation projects in the park. Firefighters working in Summerhaven continued to repair and rehabilitate firelines. In addition, crews continued efforts to remove unneeded water handling equipment and backhaul over one-mile of firehose from the Summerhaven area, so it can be refurbished and placed back in the cache.
Today’s Activity: Chipping operations will be moving into the Summerhaven area to reduce brush and other vegetation material created during fireline construction. Hotshot crews working in the Summerhaven area will continue to monitor fire activity and prep along the Catalina Highway where fire is still active on the south flank of Rose Peak. Repopulation of Summerhaven continues under restrictions established by the Pima County Sheriff’s Office. More details are available at https://www.facebook.com/pimasheriff
Because of decreased fire activity, pilots had not completed an infrared flight for several days. As a result, the reported fire acreage has remained unchanged since July 6. Today’s increase in acreage reflects the fire growth over the past three days, as detected in an infrared flight conducted last night.
County Evacuation and Flood Information
A temporary flight restriction is in place over the fire area. If you fly, we can’t knowbeforeyoufly.org.
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/.
Forest conditions: fs.usda.gov/alerts/coronado/alerts-notices