BIGHORN FIRE: Majority of Mount Lemmon closed to public until Nov. 1

BIGHORN FIRE: Majority of Mount Lemmon closed to public until Nov. 1
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 was at 119,541 acres and is 89 percent contained as of Wednesday, July 15.

A majority of Mount Lemmon will be closed until Nov. 1, but people will be allowed to visit private property once some road repairs are complete. Read more about that HERE.

Beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, a new, consolidated closure order restricting access to federal lands in and around the Bighorn Fire will go into effect.

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

People with special permits will be allowed entry, such as observatory workers and Pima County and Tucson Fire District officials. People renting private cabins will also be allowed, but they will need to provide proof of reservation.

Residents that have returned to Summerhaven may continue to see smoke during the day along with possible embers glowing at night. Firefighters continue to patrol around Summerhaven to ensure there is no active fire that could pose a threat to the residents in Summerhaven, Soldier Camp, and Willow Canyon.

Sabino Canyon, Bear Canyon, and Redington Road will remain closed.

Opening for Sabino Canyon will be continually assessed and portions that are safe will open as soon as possible. Catalina State Park will reopen at the discretion of state officials.

Closures and maps are available at

The Big Horn fire began with a lightning strike on Friday, June 5.

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Yesterday’s Activity: Suppression repair efforts continued with chipping, backhaul, and suppression rehabilitation.

Today’s Activity: The fire remains active in the wilderness area, so smoke might be visible until there is significant rainfall. Firefighters are monitoring it.

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.

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