Editor's Note: This story was updated Thursday, July 2. For the latest updates about the fire and evacuation orders go to pima.gov/bighorn or call the info line (520) 351-FIRE.
Crews battling the Bighorn Fire, which has been burning in the Catalina Mountains for nearly a month, have moved into the mop-up stage and the alert levels in many areas surrounding the fire have been downgraded.
Mount Lemmon and Mount Bigelow remain under evacuation orders.
Heavy rainfall over the Bighorn scar is in the forecast today and the National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for areas near the fire, and other parts of Tucson and its surrounding communities. The watch is in effect from 1 p.m. through the evening. Residents near the Bighorn Fire scar should prepare for potential flooding and debris flow.
As of early Thursday morning, the fire had grown to 118,710 acres and is 58% contained. Lower temperatures and increased humidity is expected to help the firefighting efforts today. Crews are expected to monitor, mop-up and begin removing equipment from the surrounding area today, according to an update in the Bighorn Fire Information Page on Facebook.
Evacuation and pre-evacuation orders for surrounding areas remain in effect for the areas listed below. This map is constantly updated as alerts are issued and shows the affected areas.
"Go" - Evacuate immediately
- Mount Lemmon
- Mount Bigelow
- Lower Catalina Highway/lower Mount Lemmon from Organization Ridge Road to South Willow Canyon
"Set" - Be ready
- The 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 lines to include the community of Redington (Areas previously in GO - Evacuate status)
"Ready" - Prepare now
- 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
Learn more about the state's Ready, Set, Go evacuation alert system here.
Sabino Canyon, Bear Canyon and Catalina State Park are closed. Large areas of the Santa Catalina Ranger District in the Coronado National Forest are restricted. Find more information about Coronado National Forest closures here.
Residents can use an evacuation center set up by the American Red Cross at Sahuaro High School, 545 N. Camino Seco. The Red Cross of Southern Arizona can also help residents who are at high risk for COVID-19 find appropriate and safe shelter.
"We have heard from people who don’t have anywhere else to go saying that because they are at high risk for severe complications from COVID-19, they don’t want to evacuate and go to a shelter,” explained Courtney Slanaker, Executive Director of the American Red Cross Southern Arizona said in a news release. “We are doing everything we can to avoid congregate sheltering. Your safety is our priority; getting you to a safe area, both away from the threat of fire and isolated from other people who you don’t live with.”
For help from the Red Cross after hours call 520-429-3686.
Shelter for large animals can be found at Rillito Racetrack, 4502 N. First Ave.
Authorities urge residents to be on alert and ready to evacuate as conditions can change quickly, adding that emergency services cannot guarantee they will be able to notify everyone if conditions rapidly deteriorate.
The Pima County Sheriff's Department urges people to stay away from affected areas if they do not live there so that fire crews can access areas quickly.
A temporary flight restriction has been placed over the fire zone to prevent drones from flying in the area.
Tucson organizations and groups are making resources available for those affected by the fire and evacuation order.
We will update and add to this list as more information becomes available. If your organization is helping evacuees and want to be added to this list please email us here.
We have created the Bighorn Fire Tucson Helping Evacuees Facebook group where those offering services and help and those who need it can connect.
Officials have shared that food, beverages or other donated items cannot be accepted by firefighters or personnel working to contain the fire. Those wishing to express their gratitude can share a note on the Encouragement and Gratitude for the Bighorn Fire Fighter Crews Facebook page.
For updates and information
• Area residents who have questions about the fire or evacuations are asked to call 520-351-3473.
• The Bighorn Fire Info Facebook page has all of the latest operations updates and other important information about the fire.
• Residents in the danger area and the general public can sign up for the Pima County Emergency Alert push alert message system here.
For shelter and places to stay
• Residents can use an evacuation center set up by the American Red Cross at Sahuaro High School, 545 N. Camino Seco and can also find additional information and help there.
• An evacuation cooling center has been set up by the Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross at Canyon del Oro High School, 25 W. Calle Concordia.
• For assistance after hours from the Red Cross call 520-429-3686.
Several hotels are offering discounted rates for residents who have been evacuated:
- Hotel McCoy is offering 50% off its room rates for evacuated residents. Call 520-300-4900 or Go here to learn more.
- Downtown Clifton is also offering discounted rate for all evacuees. Call 520-623-3163 to learn more and make a reservation.
- AC Hotel Tucson Downtown is offering rooms for $79 for all evacuees. Call 520-385-7111.
- Casa Tierra Adobe Bed & Breakfast is offering rooms at 50% off. Use the code BIGHORN when booking online.
- Hotel Congress is offering rooms for $60 per night and a waived pet fee for those impacted by the fire. Call 520-622-8848 to make a reservation.
- The Courtyard Tucson/Airport Hotel is offering a discounted room rate for anyone affected by the fire. Guests can call 520-573-0000 or email email@example.com to make a reservation.
For pets and livestock
• Pima Animal Care Center is making space available in its kennels to board pets from families who need to evacuate their homes. Many of the shelter's animals are in foster homes so kennels are already open, PACC said in a news release. The shelter can care for dogs, cats, birds, and pocket pets including gerbils, hamsters and rats. To make arrangements for your pet call 520-724-5961.
• For evacuees who need to board livestock, you can call Martina Gonzales at the Rillito Racetrack at 520-419-2369.
• Sabino Canyon Pet Resort, 2001 N. Sabino Canyon Road, has space available for boarding pets including dogs, cats, birds and other small animals. Call 520-290-8181 to make arrangements. The business also has several drivers who can help transport pets.
• Two Facebook groups, Bighorn Fire Evacuation with Livestock and Pets and Bighorn Fire Livestock Evacuation Assistance, have information from people all throughout Tucson who can offer help with transporting and housing livestock.
• U-Haul Moving & Storage is offering up to 30 days of free self-storage and U-Box container storage for people affected by the Bighorn Fire. The participating locations include: