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Some full-time residents, businesses allowed to return to Mount Lemmon with Bighorn Fire 78 percent contained

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TUCSON (KVOA) - Summerhaven and Willow Canyon residents and business owners were given the go-ahead to return home on Tuesday with the Bighorn Fire now 78 percent contained.

The Bighorn Fire has burned over 119,000 acres, officials said Wednesday.

Following the fire's evening update, Pima County Sheriff's Department released its incident management team is planning an organized return for residents, and business owners and employees who are in the Summerhaven and Willow Canyon areas starting Tuesday.

PCSD said only full-time residents from the Summerhaven community will be allowed up the mountain. Part-time residents are welcome to return if they are from Willow Canyon and Soldier Camp.

These individuals will be escorted in and out of the area through Catalina Highway by PCSD.

This group will be escorted up to Willow Canyon at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. and may be escorted down the mountain at noon and 5 p.m.

Full-time residents are permitted to stay overnight at their Mt. Lemmon homes however if they need to come back down Catalina Highway they will only be able to do so at the designated return times (Noon and 5 p.m.)

PCSD said there are still active fire areas in some part of the mountain.

There are still restrictions to when Catalina Highway can be accessed.

For the latest road conditions, call 520-547-7510

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Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.

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