UPDATE: Areas of eastern Catalinas, Redington returned to ‘SET’ status; Bighorn Fire 58 percent contained

UPDATE: Areas of eastern Catalinas, Redington returned to ‘SET’ status; Bighorn Fire 58 percent contained
The Bighorn Fire continues to burn in the Catalina Mountains on Sunday, June 28. (Source: Jonathan T / See It, Snap It, Send It)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Bighorn Fire in the Santa Catalina Mountains has burned 118,710 acres and is 58 percent contained as of Thursday morning, July 2.

Officials with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department announced Thursday that the areas of the eastern Catalinas, east of Mt. Lemmon highway at mile post 3, north of Redington Road, bounded on the north and east by the county lines to include the community of Redington, formerly set to “GO! – Evacuate,” has been downgraded to “SET - Be Alert”.

The southeastern Catalinas areas around Redington Road, bounded by the forest service boundary on the west and by the county line on the east, formerly set to “SET - Be Alert or  “Go! - Evacuate” have been downgraded to “READY.”

Officials give an update on the Bighorn Fire.

Posted by KOLD News 13 on Thursday, July 2, 2020

The next virtual public meeting will be on Friday, July 3 at 8 p.m.

The blaze was ignited by lightning in the Coronado National Forest on Friday, June 5.

Officials provide a live update at 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. each day. We will embed the latest video below, but you can watch them at https://www.facebook.com/bighornfireinfo.


Tuesday’s activity: Along the southern perimeter, the line has been contained east to Rattlesnake Canyon. Firefighters focused on structure protection between Summerhaven and Willow Canyon. Crews held and improved the perimeter of the 3-acre spot fire near Radio Ridge. Sections of the perimeter were plumbed with pumps and hoses.

The fire continued to back south down Green Mountain. Firefighters held the fire at the Redington Road, including a 50-acre spot fire which crossed the road during Monday’s winds. Dozers placed line around the spot fire and ground crews worked to mop it up. Firefighters held and improved fireline along Redington Road. North of Trail Tank Road (#4429) fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters used retardant and water to hold the line in check.

East of Golder, firefighters monitored smoke on Samaniego Ridge. These hot spots are not threatening the containment on the fire’s west side. Crews conducted backhaul, suppression repair, and patrol on the remaining fire area on the west, north, northeast, and south sides including Sabino Canyon.

Initial attack resources responded to one new fire start northwest of the Bighorn fire.

Wednesday’s activity: Firefighters will focus on structure protection between Summerhaven and Willow Canyon and will continue work to contain the 3-acre spot fire near Radio Ridge. Firefighters will hold and improve fireline along Redington Road. Aircraft and ground crews will check fire movement south towards Trail Tank Road (#4429). Firefighters will work on the fireline along the Piety Hill Road (#649) in the Beuhman Canyon area. Along the southeast side of the fire, crews will monitor and hold containment lines around ranching infrastructure. Around the remaining fire perimeter, crews will backhaul equipment, conduct suppression repair, and patrol. Initial attack resources will be available for any new fire starts in the area as monsoonal moisture moves in.

An interactive map of the evacuation zones can be found at the top of this story and HERE.

Anyone who needs help can call the Red Cross at 1-800-842-7349. A list of resources for residents and firefighters can be found HERE.

You can check out the smoke forecast HERE.


Ready, Set, Go! is a nationwide program that educates residents about proactive measures to take before an emergency and actions to follow when communities are threatened. Learn more about the program HERE.

  • If your area is set to “READY” you should prepare for threats to your community.
  • If your area is put on “SET" mode, there is significant danger and you should consider voluntarily evacuating.
  • When your area is put on “GO!" you should leave the area immediately.

An interactive map of the current orders for the Tucson area can be found at the top of this story or HERE.

The areas under a “GO!” order are:

  • Mt. Lemmon, Summerhaven, Mt. Bigelow
  • Lower Catalina Highway/Lower Mt. Lemmon Communities from Organization Ridge Road to South Willow Canyon

The areas under a “SET” order are:

  • The eastern Catalinas, east of Mt. Lemmon highway at Milepost 3, north of Redington Road, bounded on the north and east by the county lines to include the community of Redington.

The areas under a “READY” order are:

  • Community of Oracle
  • Peppersauce Canyon to Highjinks Road and Campo Benito
  • Oro Valley areas from Catalina State Park south to Magee Road
  • Portions of east Golder Ranch area
  • Catalina foothills areas from First Avenue to Alvernon Way
  • Catalina foothills areas east of Kolb Road within northern areas of Ventana Canyon neighborhoods
  • Catalina foothills between Alvernon Way and Kolb Road, north of Skyline Drive
  • C1 Cascabel to Hookers Hot Springs
  • C2 Cascabel south and north of Pomerene
  • C3 Mescal to Pomerene.


WHERE TO GO FOR HELP

Right now, there are no shelters open. Anyone who needs help can call the Red Cross at 1-800-842-7349.

For a list of resources available to residents and firefighters, go to https://www.kold.com/2020/06/12/help-available-residents-firefighters-impacted-by-bighorn-fire/

Those under evacuation orders from the fire may go there for assistance, to cool off, get snacks, and other information.

Large animal sheltering is at Rillito Racetrack, 4502 North First Avenue in Tucson.

Small animal sheltering will be done at Pima Animal Care Center, 4000 N. Silverbell Road in Tucson. The after-hours number is 520-724-5900 and press 4. The daytime line is 520-724-5961. More information can be found HERE.


STAY INFORMED

Residents are urged to sign up to receive emergency alerts at myalerts.pima.gov.

Visit pima.gov/bighorn for the most up-to-date information on evacuation notices and county resources.

If you have animals and are affected by the evacuation notices, the Pima Animal Care Center has plans to board animals.

You can sign up for Oro Valley’s Code RED Emergency Alert System at https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/BF3109484564.

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

Bighorn Fire information can be found HERE.

Pima County Emergency Alert information can be found HERE.

Find out more about the Ready, Set, Go program HERE.


CLOSURES & RESTRICTIONS

Catalina Highway is closed to the public, but open to residents and business owners.

Cascabel Road is closed at the Cochise County/Pima County line.

Catalina State Park is also closed, as is Sabino and Bear canyons. Most trails have also been closed. You can view the entire closure order HERE.

Large portions of the Coronado National Forest, Santa Catalina Ranger District near the fire are restricted. View the closure order and map HERE.

A temporary flight restriction is in place over the fire area.

Two unlawful drone incursions have occurred since the fire ignited on June 5, illegally interfering with the efforts of firefighters to extinguish a fire. Doing so can result in a significant fine or a mandatory court appearance.


PERSONNEL, EQUIPMENT & COST

  • PERSONNEL 905 people battling the fire
  • EQUIPMENT: 17 hand crews, 6 dozers, 68 engines, 21 water-tenders, 9 helicopters
  • MEDICAL: Seven crew members have suffered minor injuries
  • COST: To battle the blaze, crews have spent $35.2 million

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