U.S. in crisis: Record heat, dry winds create wildfire threat for 7 states

June 19, 2011ARIZONA – Firefighters across the southwestern United States on Sunday could face some of the worst weather conditions of the season for battling blazes currently raging across the region. The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for most of Arizona, all of New Mexico, much of north Texas and portions of Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas and Utah for Sunday. A red flag warning means weather conditions — mainly high heat, low humidity and strong winds — pose an extreme fire risk. “The winds certainly will be very gusty and strong,” said Ken Daniel, NWS meteorologist in Flagstaff, Arizona. “Any new fire starts would have the potential to have explosive growth.” The forecast calls for winds of 30 mph or more in some areas, with gusts of up to 50 mph, Daniel said. There are currently dozens of active wildfires burning in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, according to InciWeb, an online interagency database that tracks fires, floods and other disasters. Nationwide, wildfires have burned almost as many acres in the first half of 2011 as were recorded by the National Interagency Fire Center for all of 2010. The agency reports on its website that 3.1 million acres in the United States had been ignited by wildfires as of May 31, compared to 3.2 million burned acres cited in the organization’s year-end report in November 2010. –CNN
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2 Responses to U.S. in crisis: Record heat, dry winds create wildfire threat for 7 states

  1. Dennis says:

    And it is just spring. Lord Please send us some rain.


  2. Southern Utah is always a warmer climate then it is for us more north in the state. However it’s amazing to me that fires are happening down there, yet up in Salt Lake City and northward, we are cold, in the 40’s & 50’s F, with more snow coming to our mountains later tonight. Mountains that are already overloaded with snow, causing flooding down here in the valley. Which is expected to get worse as we warm up again (if we ever do) and it starts to melt, yet again.

    I have lived in this state for 12 years. My first year here, it snowed in the middle of July, which blew everyone away. Since then, things have been more or less “normal”. This year, so very different.

    The southern part of Utah where these “heatwaves” are located, are a 4-5 hour car ride away. As I said, it has always been a warmer climate down there… but this is definitely different. Strange days, indeed.


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