Growing Bighorn Fire Prompts Additional Evacuations in Arizona

The Bighorn Fire in Arizona’s Pima County has burned over 31,000 acres and prompted additional evacuations on Thursday, June 18, according to local media reports.

The blaze had burned through 23,892 acres by Wednesday night. Coronado National Forest officials said winds on Wednesday contributed to a 7,000-acre increase in the fire’s spread.

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. As of Thursday, the fire was reportedly 40 percent contained.

This video, shared by the Tucson Fire Department, shows the blaze in the Santa Catalina Mountains on Wednesday. The department said more than 400 firefighters worked to keep the fire from encroaching on Summerhaven, a community in Pima County. Credit: Tucson Fire Department via Storyful