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Bighorn Fire has largest firefighting crew currently in US

The Bighorn Fire burning in the Catalina Mountain ranges at night
Posted at 10:52 AM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 15:03:04-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Bighorn Fire is taking the largest share of firefighting efforts of any wildfire in the country.

According to the latest information from the National Wildfire Coordinating Group -- a federal agency that tracks wildfires across the U.S. -- nearly 1,000 personnel are involved in the effort to contain the flames in the Santa Catalina Mountains. The fire has been burning since June 5, when a lightning strike below Pusch Ridge ignited the flames.

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The Bighorn Fire still isn't the biggest wildfire in the country. That title belongs to the Bush Fire in the Tonto National Forest, which has burned more than 180,000 acres so far -- three times more than the Bighorn Fire. But as of Monday morning, about 700 personnel are involved in fighting the Bush Fire.

So far, no structures have burned in the Bighorn Fire. Crews managed to keep the flames away from several populated areas including Oro Valley, the Catalina Foothills, Golder Ranch, Summerhaven and Oracle.