Bighorn Fire: Mountain residents, employeees allowed to return without escort

Bighorn Fire: Mountain residents, employeees allowed to return without escort
The Bighorn Fire left large areas totally burned out. (Source: Pima County Transportation via Facebook)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Bighorn Fire burning in the Santa Catalina Mountains grew minimally to 119,235 acres and is 79 percent contained as of early Thursday, July 9.

All Summerhaven, Soldier’s Camp and Willow Canyon residents and employees are being allowed to return without an escort, however, proper documentation needs to be shown to allow access.

Redington Road remains closed. A closure order remains in place on the Coronado National Forest for the areas affected by the Bighorn Fire.

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

A virtual community meeting has been planned for 8 p.m. Thursday. You can watch it live on the KOLD News Facebook page or at

Weather: Cumulus clouds will build over the area on Thursday, 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 percent across the lower elevations and 20 to 30 percent in the higher elevations. Temperatures will range from 102‑106 degrees in the valley.

Wednesday’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.

Thursday’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. Re-population of Summerhaven continues under restrictions established by the Pima County Sheriff’s Office. More details are available at

You can ready more about the flood dangers HERE.

On July 3 crews got their first look at the damage on Mount Lemmon. You can see photos and video of the destruction 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:

  • None

The areas under a “SET” 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 “READY” order are:

  • 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 line, including the community of Reddington
  • The southeastern Catalinas areas around Redington Road, bounded by the forest service boundary on the west and by the county line on the east
  • Community of Oracle
  • Portions of east Golder Ranch area
  • Catalina foothills areas east of Kolb Road within northern areas of Ventana Canyon neighborhoods
  • Peppersauce Canyon to Highjinks Road and Campo Benito
  • Oro Valley areas from Catalina State Park south to Magee Road
  • Catalina foothills areas from First Avenue to Alvernon Way
  • Catalina Foothills between Alvernon Way and Kolb Road, north of Skyline Drive


Residents are advised to sign up to receive emergency alerts at

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

You can sign up for Oro Valley’s Code RED Emergency Alert System at

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.


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.

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 remains in place over the fire area.

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