PCSD: Some Foothills residents need to be ready to evacuate

PCSD: Some Foothills residents need to be ready to evacuate
View of Bighorn Fire from Alvernon Way and Skyline Drive just after midnight on Thursday, June 11. (Source: Susanne Reddoch/See It, Snap It, Send It)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Pima County Sheriff’s Department and Pima County Office of Emergency Management has ordered the evacuation of the area in the northern part of the area of the Catalina Foothills between Alvernon Way and First Avenue, north of Ina Road.

A wildfire back burn will be conducted early Thursday, June 11, in the area to protect homes and property.

The Bighorn Fire in the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson has burned about 4,769 acres as of Thursday, June 11.

If you are in the evacuation area, EVACUATE NOW. Do not delay.

Move south away from the Catalina Mountains. Pima County Sheriff’s deputies will go door-to-door to make contact with those affected residents who may not have received the message.

A cooling shelter is available at Canyon del Oro High School, 25 W. Calle Concordia, in Oro Valley.

The sheriff’s department, in close coordination with the Incident Management Team, will assess the need for potential evacuations utilizing the Ready, Set, Go! framework. The stages of alert are: Get READY by preparing now, be SET by maintaining awareness of significant danger and to GO, evacuate immediately when the danger is current and life-threatening.

Pima County residents are urged to sign up to receive emergency alerts at https://emergencyalerts.pima.gov/.

Questions from residents in the area should be directed to 351-FIRE (3473)

Find out more about the Ready, Set, Go program here: https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https%3a%2f%2fein.az.gov%2fready-set-go&c=E,1,MYJExUHgAueSeS30RjGtNnozn2_LRYI5zFsV_GlfNb6SbEDBPFuq8rCo5bL5loBJA9tP6Yxy_XMSMW03JYW3kjEg63YXcqywbpTh2yNZt_W3GQ32A-QFd3o,&typo=1

The fire remained active overnight on downhill slopes. With expected winds, hot temperatures and low humidity on Thursday fire activity is expected to increase.

Fire crews will work Thursday to hold the fire perimeter and continue building fire lines with support from aerial resources.

Air Resource Advisors from the Wildland Fire Air Quality Response Program continue to monitor the area. Smoke sensitive groups should take appropriate precautions. Daily smoke outlook reports are available at https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/EasternArizona.

Fire managers are in close coordination with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality regarding smoke impacts of the Bighorn Fire, and an Air Quality Advisor has been assigned to the unit. Affected communities should remain aware of smoke advisories and conditions. Learn more HERE.

The fire was ignited by lightning in the Coronado National Forest late Friday, June 5.

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