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Arizona wildfires continue to grow

Firefighters achieving partial containment on Gladiator and Sunflower fires

The Gladiator Fire in Arizona burning through pine forests near Crown King. PHOTO COURTESY KRISTEN ALLISON/INCIWEB. Click on the photo for more photos.

The Gladiator Fire.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Two major wildfires in Arizona continue to grow Friday under extreme red flag fire conditions.

The Gladiator Fire has burned across a footprint of about 13,000 acres near Crown King, where numerous evacuation orders are in effect. The fire, which started May 13 when a structure fire on private property escaped, is about 10 percent contained.

On Friday (May 18) the fire pushed farther north, crossing trails and prompting the evacuation of the Pine Flats and Turkey Creek areas. At times, flames towered as high as 120 feet in tall timber and winds caused spot fires up to a half mile from the main fire front.

Winds are expected to ease Saturday to about 10 mph with slightly higher relative humidity, so crews are hoping to complete a contingency line from the junction of County Road 52 and Forest Road 89 to the burned over area tonight.

Eight helicopters and eight air tankers  dropped water on the fire when conditions allowed.

Prescott National Forest lands  south of County Road 177 remain closed, as do all roads leading into the community of Crown King are closed. A Yavapai County fire ban is in effect across all fire ban zones. Prescott National Forest campfire and smoking restrictions are also in effect. More info is online at http://wildlandfire.az.gov.

The Sunflower Fire, about 30 miles north of Mesa, Arizona, has scorched areas within a 16,000-acre footprint, but crews have reached 33 percent containment as of Saturday morning.

The fire is burning in grass, chaparral, pinyon pine, as well as dense Arizona cypress trees in the southwest corner. Almost 600 firefighters are still on-scene, although four crews were released to other duties.

The cause of the Sunflower Fire is still under investigation.

 

 

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Massive Arizona wildlfire closes forests, forces evacuations

The Wallow Fire, in east-central Arizona, has scorched across a 140,000-acre footprint. PHOTO COURTESY THE EASTERN ARIZONA IMT, VIA INCIWEB. Click on the image to see more photos from the Wallow Fire.

*Updates on the Sunflower Fire are here.

Wallow Fire has burned 140,000 acres

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — A wildfire burning on the Apache and Sitgreaves National Forest, in east-central Arizona, has quickly grown to 140,000 acres since it started May 29 from an as-yet unknown cause.

The Wallow Fire grew by 14,000 acres between June 2 and June 3, and fire experts in Arizona say there’s “extreme” potential for the fire to grow even larger in the rugged backcountry forests. It’s now the second-largest known wildfire in Arizona. The largest fire was the 2002 Rodeo-Chediski Fire, which burned more than 450,000 acres, also in the east-central part of the state. MORE PHOTOS ONLINE HERE. Continue reading

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