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Photos: The Bighorn Fire in Coronado National Forest near Tucson

Photos: The Bighorn Fire in Coronado National Forest near Tucson

The lightning-caused Bighorn Fire started June 5, 2020, and burned through the rocky, steep Pusch Ridge area and moved into Pima Canyon, Finger Rock Canyon and Pontatoc Canyon on the front range, forcing evacuations of homes near the boundary with Coronado National Forest.

On the north side of the range, the fire burned into Catalina State Park in Oro Valley, south of the the town of Catalina, Summerhaven and areas around Mt. Lemmon and into the foothills south of the town of Oracle. It also forced evacuations in the lower San Pedro River Valley (the town of Redington) as the fire moved into grasslands and down the canyons extending off the east end of the Santa Catalina Mountain range. 

Ultimately, the fire burned nearly 120,000 acres – touching nearly all elevations of the range. The fire burned through late July.

Find updates on the fire here.


Rebecca Sasnett is a photojournalist for the Arizona Daily Star. From 2015-2019, she was a freelance photographer for clients such as Arizona Athletics and various magazines. She graduated from the University of Arizona.


Staff photographer at the Arizona Daily Star. Previously at the Casper Star-Tribune in Wyoming and the Savannah Morning News in Georgia. Honored with numerous awards including those by the NPPA and two time Wyoming photographer of the year.

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Strong winds to the southwest today will push the Bighorn Fire to the northeast. Fire crews made headway Friday with threatened areas where advancing flames forced evacuations: near Catalina State Park and along the northern edge of Tucson's Catalina Foothills.

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A lightning storm sparked a wildfire about 14 miles west of Sahuarita Saturday night. The Navarro Fire started around 10 p.m. and has burned about 1,100 acres, according to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management. 

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The Navarro Fire 14 miles west of Sahuarita, that started Saturday night during a lightning storm, grew to 2,306 acres by Monday. The lightning-sparked Bighorn Fire has burned 119,589 acres since June 5. 

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