Arizona’s Bighorn Bushfire Grows to 58,000+ Acres as Evacuation Orders Remain

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  • Officials in Arizona said the Bighorn fire near Tuscon had grown to 58,553 acres and was 16 percent contained by the morning of June 22.

    The Pima County Sheriff’s Department said evacuation orders for Mount Lemmon, Mount Bigelow and Summerhaven remained in effect. The fire began on June 5 and was caused by a lightning strike, officials said.

    Here’s the scene of the bushfire during firefighting operations over Radio Ridge.

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    In This Story: Lightning

    Lightning is a giant spark of electricity in the atmosphere between clouds, the air, or the ground. Lightning can occur between opposite charges within the thunderstorm cloud (intra-cloud lightning) or between opposite charges in the cloud and on the ground (cloud-to-ground lightning). (Source: NSSL)

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