1. Bighorn Fire, Santa Catalina Mountains

The Bighorn Fire has been raging in the Santa Catalina Mountains since June 5, and the Mount Lemmon Highway is closed. Please stay safe, and avoid the areas where the firefighters and their support teams are operating. There are some very informative websites and pages about the fire and the heroic firefighting efforts we would like to share with you.

Facebook: facebook.com/bighornfire
Inciweb: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6741
Pima County info: pima.gov/bighorn
Pima County phone: 520-351-FIRE
Bighorn Fire Info: (520) 329-7439 & (520) 276-8981, 8AM-8PM
Smoke: https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/EasternArizona
Burned Area Response: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6796/

Bighorn Fire Story Map: https://nifc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=bd0617539e8e4d5998dfd2b49cfd27f8

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Visit pima.gov/bighorn for the most up-to-date information on evacuation notices, an interactive map, and county resources.

Some scientists think that the invasive buffelgrass may be partly responsible for the spread of this fire that has burned into areas that don’t normally burn so intensively. An article in Tucson.com that discusses this threat to the Sonoran Desert can be found here. This grass is spreading throughout the Sonoran Desert, including in the Tanque Verde Valley. These websites provide information on identification, eradication, and how you can help by joining or organizing a buffelgrass pull.

Saguaro National Park: https://www.nps.gov/sagu/learn/nature/buffelgrass.htm
The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum: https://www.desertmuseum.org/buffelgrass/

2. Proposed rezoning and annexation located at 9062 East Eagle Feather Road and 9125 East Catalina Highway, called Casita Village. The property is approximately 12.44 acres and is currently zoned SR (Suburban Ranch) and CR-1 (Single Residence). Access will be from Catalina Highway. Read more...

3. Proposed Rezoning and Development at Tanque Verde Road and Houghton Road. Summary of the March 2020 email update from Projects International, Inc. They are evaluating the situation and are contemplating alternative development scenarios to address “some” of the concerns we’ve expressed. This will require time to analyze the costs and benefits. At this time they have not made any formal rezoning application with the City. Read more...

4. Pond restoration work is completed at Agua Caliente Park. The Park is open and the ponds look beautiful! Read more...