Bighorn Fire Update - July 31, 2020

Update on Trico Electric Cooperative’s Facilities Damaged by the Bighorn Fire and Notice of Planned Outage

July 31, 2020

Trico has been working to repair its power line that runs up the West slope of Mt. Lemmon (West Line) which was damaged by the Bighorn Fire. This line is used to provide power to Mt. Lemmon. Trico has been serving Members on Mt. Lemmon using our backup generator located near the Mt. Lemmon Fire Department. The repairs to the West Line are anticipated to be completed this weekend, reconnecting the normal source of power to Mt. Lemmon.

There will be a brief outage of approximately one hour, while power is transferred from the backup generator to the repaired line. To help our Members plan for this brief outage, Trico has set two possible windows for the planned outage. Weather and system permitting, Trico plans to transfer from the generator to the repaired line between 8 am and 9 am on Saturday, August 1. In the event we are unable to make the transition during this time, we plan to complete the work on Sunday, August 2 between 8 am and 9 am. Members should expect an outage to occur during one of these windows.

Repair work will continue on the line that runs down the East slope of Mt. Lemmon (East Line). That work will not impact service to Summerhaven or the rest of the Mount Lemmon community. We anticipate that, weather permitting, the work on the East Line will take approximately two to three more weeks to complete based on the visible damage to the line. Work will include the use of a helicopter to deliver poles and materials to the worksites. The Forest is closed, so please stay out of the area, and please do not fly drones in the area because it can interfere with the helicopter performing work.

We understand that this has been a very stressful time for all of you, and we appreciate your patience and support as we work to repair our facilities damaged by the fire.

Please continue to look to Trico’s website ( and its social media accounts for updates. If you experience any issues or have any questions, please contact Trico Dispatch at 520-744-2944.

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Imagine 1,800 energetic high school students descending on the nation’s capital for a week of sightseeing, immersion in history and making lifelong friendships—all while having fun and learning about the cooperative business model. That's what four local high school juniors experienced during the 2019 Washington Youth Tour.

Highlights of the tour included seeing monuments and memorials, exploring a variety of Smithsonian museums, the U.S. Marine Corps Museum, Holocaust Memorial Museum, U.S. Capitol Building tour, Mount Vernon, a Potomac River cruise and dance with students from other states, and a Washington Nationals baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Students also get the chance to sit down with staffers and actual Congressmen and women and discuss relevant topics that affect them and their local communities.

“My favorite part about the trip was getting to meet people from all over the state and the nation,” said Delaney McGehee, who attends Pusch Ridge Christian Academy. “This week in D.C. was not like any camp or conference I had been to before and I am grateful for this experience. I now better understand what a cooperative is and how they impact the communities they serve. Because of this trip, I am interested in working for a cooperative in the future.”

Another student, Hailey Thompson, stated, “I had the most amazing experience in Washington, D.C. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime trip. I would urge all my friends to apply for this trip. I got much more out of this trip than I had to put in and being able to go to D.C. and experience everything I did has definitely made me a better person. I met the most amazing people and I have a deeper respect, gratitude and understanding of our country, leaders and cooperatives. I am forever grateful to Trico for sponsoring this trip and allowing me to go.”

To be eligible for the Washington Youth Tour, applicant must be a high school junior and the dependent child of a Trico Electric Cooperative Member. The deadline to apply for the 2020 Washington Youth Tour has passed. Check back in the fall of 2020.

The Washington Youth Tour is supported by the Trico Foundation, a non-profit organization that is funded by Trico Members’ and past Members’ unclaimed or donated capital credit retirements. If you would like to donate your patronage capital to the Trico Foundation, visit the Capital Credits page.

Questions? Call 744-2944, x1363, or email

For more information on the Washington Youth Tour, visit or

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