June 6, 2020 / Modified jun 8, 2020 9:16 a.m.

Pusch Ridge burns near Oro Valley

The lightning-caused fire began Friday night.

Bighorn Fire 1 The Bighorn Fire burns in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness near Oro Valley on Saturday, June 6, 2020. The fire was caused by lightning on the evening of June 5, 2020.
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The thunderstorms that moved through southern Arizona Friday night caused a number of small fires in the Coronado National Forest.

The Bighorn Fire burning in the Pusch Ridge Wilderness grew to about 200 acres on Saturday. Officials with the Coronado National Forest said in a Facebook post, Saturday afternoon, that three hotshot crews were on scene working to contain the fire.

Tanker planes and helicopters are dropping fire retardant and water on the fire.

The fire was burning less than a mile from La Reserve.

Bighorn Fire Water Drop 1 A helicopter drops water on the Bighorn Fire near Oro Valley on Saturday, June 6, 2020
Christopher Conover/AZPM
Coronado officials say the rough terrain and vegetation make the fire less likely to quickly spread.

The same storm also caused small fires in the Tortolita Mountains north of Tucson on Friday night.

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