June 11, 2021 / Modified aug 13, 2021 3:22 p.m.

One year after Bighorn Fire, Coronado National Forest fire risk remains high

Drought conditions have worsened over the last year.

June marks one year since lightning ignited the Bighorn Fire which would go on to burn nearly 120,000 acres across the Santa Catalina Mountains before crews fully contained it more than a month later. We asked the U.S. Forest Service’s Heidi Schewel to assess the wildfire risk on the Coronado National Forest where last year’s Bighorn Fire burned. Schewel described worsening drought conditions and called on visitors to follow fire restrictions.

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