Coronado National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
300 W. Congress St.
Tucson, AZ 85701
Bighorn Fire 100% Contained, Rain Forecasted May Cause Floods in the Area
Tucson, AZ, July 23, 2020 – The Bighorn Fire is a 100% contained as of today. The fire burned 119,978 acres to include iconic areas near Tucson like Mt. Lemmon and upper Sabino Canyon watershed. While the fire is a 100% contained, residual heat within the containment line may be visible for some time. A closure order remains in effect for public safety as there are hazards in the burn scar and the Bighorn Fire increased the possibility of flooding downstream and of sediment and debris runoff.
"Fire crews worked tirelessly to suppress the fire and fortunately they were able to do so without loss of life or values at risks" said Forest Supervisor, Kerwin Dewberry "However, we can't let our guard down. Significant weather in the area can result in floods downstream and debris runoff. We urge the public to adhere to the closure order and avoid visiting the burned area for their own safety."
"I know people are curious but now is not the time to be curious. Public health and safety is our number one priority" said Santa Catalina District Ranger, CJ Woodard "Rain is forecasted through the weekend. We want people to be safe. Please respect the closure order and stay apprised of weather alerts issued by Pima County"
Post-fire events can result in tragic losses even years after the fire occurred. It takes time for vegetation and habitats to recover from fire events like the Bighorn Fire. We all need to remain vigilant. Federal and local agencies are taking steps to reduce the risks to life and safety downstream from the burned area. However, we also encourage residents in the area to develop individual plans to protect themselves and their property, and to remain aware of flashflood warnings issues by Pima, Pinal and Cochise Counties.
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