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Mt. Lemmon, Summerhaven under evacuation due to Bighorn Fire

Summerhaven, Mt. Lemmon under evacuation notice
Posted at 1:33 PM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 20:50:34-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Bighorn Fire is now forcing authorities to issue an evacuation notice for residents of the Mt. Lemmon area.

The Pima County Sheriff's Department issued the order Tuesday afternoon. Deputies will be going door-to-door on the mountain, urging residents to move south on the Catalina Highway to safely leave the mountain.

The general boundaries of the evacuation zone are Mt. Lemmon/Mt. Bigelow north of Organization Ridge Rd, including Summerhaven.

An evacuation center is now open at Sahuaro High School (545 N Camino Seco).

During a briefing Tuesday night, Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier said there are 380 residents on Mt. Lemmon. He added 150 are full time residents.

Sheriff Napier said all but six residents chose to evacuate.

Residents in the area should call 351-3473 if they have any questions, PCSD said.

Several portions of the Tucson area remain under the "SET" evacuation notice including parts of the Catalina Foothills, Oro Valley and Catalina.

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