Schewel, Heidi -FS
Sun 6/28/2020 8:25 PM
Bighorn Fire Update
June 28, 2020 Evening Update
Northern Rockies Incident Management Team
Mike Goicoechea, Incident Commander
Location: Santa Catalina Mountains
June 5, 2020
Hand Crews: 24
Bighorn Fire Info: (520) 329-7439 & (520) 276-8981, 8AM-8PM
Media Phone Line: (520) 329-7640, 8AM-8PM
Burned Area Response: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6796/
Weather: RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT TONIGHT THRU MONDAY
Variable and increasing winds over the fire area overnight. Temperatures 53 to 59 degrees in the upper elevations and 66 to 72 on the valley floor.
Today’s Activity: Wind was a factor on the fire today. Work focused on limiting fire spread east towards Redington and suppressing a 3-acre spot fire near the Mount Lemmon radio towers. Firelines held when the fire made a late afternoon run south of Spencer Peak in Box Camp Canyon. Ground and aerial resources provided point protection for structures west of Redington. Firefighters built fireline on the fire’s east side in the Donovan Ridge, Bellota Spring, and Bullock Canyon areas. Contingency line was improved along the Arizona Trail and Redington Road. Mop up operations continued along the Catalina Highway between Summerhaven and Willow Canyon. Firing operations continued south along the Catalina Highway and firefighters patrolled the south, west, and north sides of the fire.
Tonight’s Activities: Fireline construction, structure protection, and burnout operations will occur in the Redington area. Firefighters will continue to work on the spot fire on Mount Lemmon and patrol and mop up from Summerhaven to Willow Canyon. Firing operations will continue from Palisade to Willow Canyon. Sabino Canyon and fireline along the fire’s south, west, and north sides will be patrolled.
Virtual public meeting tonight at 8 PM at https://www.facebook.com/bighornfireinfo.
Evacuation Notices: Visit pima.gov/bighorn or pinalcountyaz.gov/emergencymanagement
GO – Evacuate
SET – Be Alert
READY – Prepare Now
· Southern Catalina Foothills, Catalina Highway on the western border and Redington Road on the east
· Redington community bordered by county lines on north and east
· East slope of the Catalina Mountains south of the Pima County line and west of the community of Redington
· Mt. Lemmon, Summerhaven and Mt. Bigelow
· Lower Catalina Highway/Lower Mt. Lemmon Communities from Organization Ridge Road to South Willow Canyon
· Southern Catalina Foothills, bounded by Forest Service boundary on the west and 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
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A temporary flight restriction is in place over the fire area. If you fly, we can’t. knowbeforeyoufly.org.
Closures: Sabino Canyon, Bear Canyon, and Catalina State Park are closed. Closures and maps at inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/closures/6741/. Catalina Highway is closed to the public at milepost zero. Oracle Control Road is closed.
National Forest conditions: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/coronado/alerts-notices
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