The Bighorn Fire, sparked by lightning June 5 near Pusch Ridge in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson, has resulted in evacuations and is being fought by hundreds of wildfire fighters. Here are the latest news developments from the Arizona Daily Star:
Friday, July 3
• With monsoon storms on Tucson's doorstep, flooding around the Bighorn Fire is a concern. Here's a story the Star's Patty Machelor wrote bout potential flooding.
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Thursday, July 2
• Coronavirus and the Bighorn Fire prompted many communities across Metro Tucson to cancel Independence Day fireworks. Sahuarita is the exception.
• Regular updates have ended, but you can still find information about the Bighorn Fire on Facebook.
Wednesday, July 1
• Here's a gallery of photos from major wildfires that have burned across southern Arizona.
Tuesday, June 30
Monday, June 29
Sunday, June 28
Saturday, June 27
• Bighorn Fire on Friday got bigger than Aspen blaze of 2003, but it hasn't caused the earlier fire's property damage.
Friday, June 26
• Smoke from the Bighorn Fire can be seen from space.
Thursday, June 25
• Tucson's Bighorn Fire: Firefighters give optimistic report Thursday on effort against the blaze
• The Bighorn fire grew to 75,000 acres early Wednesday
Wednesday, June 24
• Hundreds of thousands of gallons of retardant have been dropped on the Catalina Mountains in the fight against the Bighorn Fire. While fire officials say they think the retardant helped them fight the blaze, a debate is roiling throughout the West over the chemical mixture's effectiveness.
Tuesday, June 23
Monday, June 22
Sunday, June 21
• As of Thursday, some 358,000 gallons of retardant — enough to fill more than 30 backyard swimming pools — had been dropped on the Catalina Mountains in the fight against the Bighorn Fire. That's almost 50% more gallons of retardant than were dropped onto all national forest wildfires in Arizona in 2016. While fire officials say they think the retardant helped them fight the blaze started June 5 by lightning during a storm that swept across Tucson, a debate is roiling throughout the West over the chemical mixture's effectiveness.
• There's a "good plan" in place to keep the Bighorn Fire from reaching homes, officials said on Saturday.
Saturday, June 20
• Crews fighting Tucson's Bighorn Fire were using controlled burns Friday night south of Oracle to try to stop the northward advance of the blaze.
Friday, June 19
• Bighorn Fire Tucson: Here's a list of resources for evacuees and danger-zone residents.
Thursday, June 18
• There are hundreds of people and a vast amount of machinery and equipment involved in fighting the lightning-sparked Bighorn Fire near Tucson. The cost of fighting the blaze so far: $10 million.
• Bighorn Fire map: Track boundaries of the blaze near Tucson.
Wednesday, June 17
• With Red Flag Warning in place, crews continue fighting Tucson-area Bighorn Fire
• On eve of tragic anniversary, Summerhaven residents ordered to evacuate as fire nears
• Photos: The Bighorn Fire near Tucson
• This week in June 2003, the Aspen Fire ripped through the community of Summerhaven on Mount Lemmon, destroying more than 300 homes and businesses. Here's what the community looked like on the Aspen Fire's 10-year anniversary.
• Bighorn Fire map: Track boundaries of the wildfire burning near Tucson
Tuesday, June 16
• Tucson's Bighorn Fire continues growing; crews focus on Mount Lemmon
Monday, June 15
• The Bighorn Fire didn't grow much on Monday thanks to cloud cover and humidity, officials said.
• The Bighorn Fire near Tucson is now 22% contained, and officials on Monday put the Mt. Lemmon area on pre-evacuation notice.
• Fire crews were moving into Summerhaven as they work to protect Mount Lemmon from the raging Bighorn Fire. Meanwhile, fire officials issued a pre-evacuation order for Mount Lemmon on Sunday evening, telling residents to be ready to evacuate.
Sunday June, 14
• As Bighorn Fire still mostly unchecked, some residents in new evacuation zone refuse to leave.
Saturday, June 13