TUCSON, Ariz. — The highway up Mount Lemmon in the Santa Catalina Mountains overlooking Tucson has reopened to the public now that a wildfire is nearly fully contained.
The highway’s full reopening Friday follows a limited reopening for residents and employees earlier this week.
The fire on the Catalinas’ eastern flank is at 95 percent of containment after burning 42.5 square miles (110.1 sq. kilometers) of grass, brush and timber since being reported two weeks ago.
Recent monsoon rains helped firefighters, and management of the fire has been handed off to a lower-level team. Only about 20 personnel remain assigned to the fire.
Coronado National Forest spokeswoman Heidi Schewel says fire danger remains high in parts of southern Arizona which haven’t received rain and that campfire restrictions remain in effect.