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Bighorn Fire

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

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Online Community Meeting Announced, Excessive Heat Warning Through Monday

Bighorn Fire Wildfire
News – 7/11/2020

Bighorn Fire – July 11, 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:

NWS Burn Scar:

Incident Statistics

Location:  Santa Catalina Mountains

Size:  119,250 acres

Containment:  85%

Date detected:  June 5, 2020

Cause:  Lightning

Resources: 3 Hand Crews, 8 Engines, 1 Dozer, 1 Water-tender, 1 Helicopter, 263 Personnel  

Highlights: A forest closure remains in effect for the areas surrounding the Bighorn Fire. Residents are reminded that it is illegal to enter the forest area closure.

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department has adjusted the restrictions for the Catalina Highway. All Summerhaven, Soldier Camp, and Willow Canyon residents and employees (with proper documentation) will be allowed to return without an escort. More details are available at

A virtual community meeting is being planned for Sunday, July 12 at 3:00 p.m. at

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 This will be the last meeting hosted by the Southwest Area Incident Management Team 4.

Weather: Mostly sunny to partly cloudy, then late morning and afternoon buildups over the mountains. Isolated thunderstorms are likely in the area but should stay south and east of the fire. Minimum humidity levels will range from around 12% across the lower elevations to 18 to 28% over the higher elevations. Temperatures will range from 106-111 degrees in the valley. The Excessive Heat Warning issued for Southeast Arizona remains in place through Monday evening.

Yesterday’s Activity: Chipping operations were completed in Carter Canyon and Marshall Gulch. On the southwest corner of the Pusch Ridge Wilderness near Pima Canyon, crews disassembled a one-mile long hose lay of firehose, pumps, and water holding tanks.

Today’s Activity:

Crews will be working in the Palisades area today, utilizing a chipper to clean up debris from fireline construction. An excavator will be used in Marshall Gulch to rehabilitate fireline. In addition to working on the suppression and repair projects, firefighters are also available to assist locally with any initial attack response needed for new fire starts.

County Evacuation and Flood Information



Closures:Cascabel Road at the Cochise County/Pima County line is now open. Sabino Canyon, Bear Canyon, Redington Road and Catalina State Park are closed. Catalina Highway is closed to the public at milepost zero. Closures and maps are available at A temporary flight restriction is in place over the fire area. If you fly, we can’t –

Forest conditions available at:


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