/ Modified jun 26, 2020 6:06 p.m.

Bighorn Fire forces additional evacuations

The wildfire has burned more than 82,000 acres and is continuing to move north and east.

The Pima County Office of Emergency Management and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department have given an evacuation order related to the Bighorn Fire burning in the Santa Catalina mountains.

The evacuation zone is on the eastern slope of the Catalina Mountains south of the Pima County line and west of the community of Redington. The southern boundary does not follow any specific road, but Redington Road will be closed at the end of the pavement. The area joins Mount Lemmon and Summerhaven, which have already been evacuated.

The fire, caused by lightning on June 5, is only 33% contained and has burned more than 82,000 acres. The dry and windy conditions have made firefighting conditions difficult. Nearly 1,200 personnel are fighting the fire.

Small animal sheltering will be done at Pima Animal Care Center, 4000 North Silverbell Road in Tucson.

Questions from residents in the area should be directed to 351-FIRE (3473) Bighorn Fire information can be found here. Pima County Emergency Alert information can be found here.

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