Arizona Illustrated

Bighorn Fire Encore

Season 8, Episode 11 of 40

This week, a special presentation of the Arizona Illustrated episode that earned this year’s regional Emmy-award for Magazine Program… “Understanding The Bighorn Fire.” On the evening of June 5, 2020 lightning struck Bighorn mountain in the Santa Catalina mountains north of Tucson…sparking the massive wildfire named for the mountain …the fire raged for 48 days, at times threatening homes and forcing people to evacuate. Nearly 1,000 personnel fought the fire, using thousands of gallons of fire retardant, water, and a little rainfall, to fully contain it on July 23, 2020…but not before it burned almost one hundred and twenty thousand acres. This week on Arizona Illustrated we look back at the causes, impact, and future of the burn areas in the Santa Catalina mountains. Wildlife and The Bighorn: With the Big Horn Fire burning in the Catalinas for weeks, Tucsonans witnessed a daily reminder of the power of nature sparking a new public debate about wildfire management. Mark Hart of Arizona Game & Fish and Randy Serraglio from The Center for Biological Diversity speak to the variety of species that have been impacted by the fire including Big Horn Sheep, the Desert Tortoise, the Mexican Spotted Owl, the Gila Chub, the Goulds Turkey, and the Mountain Lion. We are reminded that while this wildfire was powerful and devastating, it is also part of a natural process that can lead to a healthier forest and potentially healthier habitat for the species that make their home in the Catalinas.

Previously Aired

Day
Time
Channel
1/2/2022
6:30 p.m.
1/2/2022
7:30 p.m.
1/8/2022
5 a.m.
1/8/2022
7 a.m.
1/8/2022
12:30 p.m.
1/8/2022
6:30 p.m.
1/8/2022
8 p.m.
1/9/2022
11:30 a.m.
1/9/2022
noon
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