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Arizona reels as three of the biggest wildfires in its history ravage state


At night you can see basically the outline of the fire on the mountain': the Bighorn Fire burning in the Santa Catalina Mountains looms over homes in Oro Valley, Arizona, last month. Photograph: Kelly Presnell/AP

For residents of Tucson in southern Arizona, the Santa Catalina Mountains in the Coronado national forest are known as a hub for hiking, mountain biking and other outdoor recreation.

But on 5 June lightning ignited a wildfire that has grown to engulf over 118,000 acres. The fires are still only 58% contained. Called the Bighorn fire, it is the eighth-biggest in state history, and it has transformed the Catalinas into a hub for the study of the impacts of climate change. Nasa satellite photos show large scar marks left by the fire.


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