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Santa Catalina Mountains rebounding from Bighorn Fire a year ago

A recent tour of Catalina State Park and Mount Lemmon reveals sprigs of new growth peeking through the forest floor a year after the Bighorn Fire. ... Read more»

Update: Finger Rock Fire fizzles as humidity rises

Just hours after flaring through the Catalina Foothills, with billowing smoke and dramatic flames looming over Tucson, a wildfire north of the city burned out, with little fire activity Thursday or Friday. Officials did not increase their estimate of the burned area, as only small threads of smoke rose from the mountains.... Read more»

Update: Finger Rock Fire burns 750 acres in Catalinas, little activity Thurs.

The Finger Rock Fire in the Catalinas has burned 750 acres since flaring up Wednesday. Officials are monitoring the blaze, saying that there was little activity Thursday, but that more accurate mapping increased the estimate of the already burned area. Higher humidity, lighter winds and a few sprinkles dampened the fire, which "is performing its natural role in the ecosystem."... Read more»

Video: Bighorn lamb filmed north of Tucson

A video released by Arizona Game and Fish on Tuesday shows a bighorn lamb playing in the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson.... Read more»

Video: Lion, bears & more at Catalina Mtn. spring

A recently shot video shows a mountain lion, black bear, a family of Coues deer, a coatimundi and other animals enjoying a natural spring in the Catalina Mountains. Watch as the bear wallows in the cool water, and catch a snippet of a bear-rattlesnake standoff.... Read more»2

Flash flood warning for Catalinas; Sabino hikers warned

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the Santa Catalina Mountains and areas downstream, in effect until 6:15 p.m. Sunday. Nearly two inches of rain fell in the mountains, and hikers in Sabino Canyon "should seek higher ground immediately."... Read more»

Uphill climb for Mt. Lemmon marathoners

Hundreds of ambitious runners rose before the sun for the 6 a.m. start of the second Mount Lemmon Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday. (with photo gallery)... Read more»1

Pima County reopens trails, parks after rains dampen fire risk

Trails leading to the Coronado National Forest were reopened by Pima County on Tuesday, after they were closed June 9 because of the fire danger. The trails were reopened after monsoon rains reduced the risk of wildfires.... Read more»

Mt. Lemmon trails, roads reopen at midnight

After weeks of closure because of the extreme fire danger, the Catalina Mountains reopened Wednesday, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman said. The Santa Catalina Ranger District reopened at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday night after monsoon rains reduced the fire risk there.... Read more»