The Bighorn Fire continued to burn in Sabino Canyon, Arizona, on Friday, June 19, as this footage shows, and by Saturday morning had scorched 42,798 acres and was 21 percent contained, according to Pima County Sheriff’s Department.
Local resident Drew Good, who captured this video, said, “I drove to Sabino Canyon to get a closer look, and as you got closer, there was a strong smell of burnt wood and fire. The smoke clouds were huge and you could see some ash in the air closer to the mountain.”
Crews battling the fire are continuing burnout operations in nearby Oracle to “buffer the community from the main fire,” local media reported.
Crews are continuing burnout operations south of Oracle expanding on work from Friday to buffer the community from the main fire. Evacuation notices remain in place for nearby Mt Lemmon, Soldier Camp, and Willow Canyon.
A lightning strike ignited the fire on June 5, and it has continued to spread with the help of dry and windy conditions, according to a National Wildfire Coordinating Group report. Credit: Drew Good via Storyful