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Sabino Canyon Recreation Area closed due to Bighorn Fire

Posted at 11:17 AM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 20:29:45-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Sabino Canyon Recreation Area is now closed as the Bighorn Fire continues to spread in the Catalina Mountains, the U.S. Forest Service confirmed Monday morning.

Areas just north of the Sabino Canyon area are already under a "SET" evacuation status, per the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

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The fire has already forced closures of Catalina State Park, the Catalina Highway and many other popular hiking trails in the Catalina Mountains. Monday's closure of Sabino Canyon leaves little few, if any, areas in the mountain range open to hikers.

Bighorn Fire closures as of June 10, 2020 -- via U.S. Forest Service.

Bighorn Fire Closures as of June 10, 2020

The National Wildfire Coordinating Group -- a federal organization that tracks wildfires -- previously estimated that the Bighorn Fire would be contained by June 25. As of Monday morning, the NWCG is not listing an estimated containment date.