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Evacuations lifted for Bighorn Fire as it burns 119,236 acres in southern Arizona

The Bighorn Fire is burning in Casa Adobes near Tucson. It sparked in the Santa Catalina Mountains around 10 p.m. on June 5.

PHOENIX — Evacuations were lifted as a lightning-caused fire burning in southern Arizona continues to burn 119,236 acres with 85% containment as of Friday morning, officials said.

The Bighorn Fire is burning in Casa Adobes near Tucson. It sparked in the Santa Catalina Mountains around 10 p.m. on June 5. 

The areas of the Mt Lemmon/Mt Bigelow, including the community of Summerhaven, and the Willow Canyon area, formerly set to “GO!” have been downgraded to "SET”.  

The areas of the eastern Catalinas, east of Mt. Lemmon highway at milepost three and north of Redington Road have been downgraded from a SET "Be Alert" status to a READY "Prepare Now" status as containment measures progress.

Full-time residents in the Summerhaven and Willow Canyon areas will be allowed to return starting Tuesday.

Residents and employees will be escorted by a Pima County Sheriff's Department patrol car in a convoy along Catalina Highway until further notice.

View the closure order and map here. 

An evacuation center is open at Sahuaro High School at 545 North Camino Seco in Tucson.

Large animals will be sheltered at Rillito Racetrack at 4502 North 1st Avenue in Tucson. 

The Pima Animal Care Center is housing pets. You can call them at 520-724-5961 during the day and 520-724-5900 after hours.

Residents in those areas were asked to consider voluntarily relocating outside the affected areas with family or friends. 

A cooling shelter is available at Canyon Del Oro High School in Oro Valley. 

Residents of Pima County are urged to sign up to receive emergency alerts at emergencyalerts.pima.gov/.

There are some closures in place. 

The Coronado National Forest closure order includes Sabino and Bear Canyons. Catalina State Park is closed. Catalina Highway is closed to the public at milepost zero. Oracle Control Road is closed.

More information on the Bighorn Fire can be found on InciWeb.

Credit: Arizona Department of Transportation

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