Crews battle to contain raging Arizona wildfires

May 17, 2012 ARIZONA – Crews with hand tools battled to contain wind-whipped Arizona wildfires on Wednesday that have raced across more than 30 square miles of parched ponderosa forest, brush and grassland, consuming several buildings and threatening a small town. The Sunflower Fire, the largest of at least four blazes in central and eastern Arizona, has burned nearly 20 square miles (52 square kilometers) in the Tonto National Forest, about 40 miles north of Phoenix, fire officials said. Days after the weekend eruption of the blaze, fire crews had managed to carve containment lines around just 10 percent of its perimeter. This week’s conflagrations marked the first major wildfires of the year in Arizona, after a record 2011 fire season in which nearly 2,000 recorded blazes swallowed more than 1,500 square miles, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. The fires left a translucent veil of gray-brown smoke over the northeast Phoenix valley, obscuring views of nearby highlands where the blazes were burning. About 350 residents of Crown King in central Arizona remained under evacuation orders after another blaze, the fast-moving Gladiator Fire, burned nearly 9 square miles (22 square kilometers) of ponderosa pine, brush and chaparral in the Prescott National Forest and destroyed several buildings. Fanned by strong winds and dry weather, the Gladiator Fire also threatened homes in the Horsethief Basin area, as well as U.S. Forest Service campgrounds, lookout towers and power lines in the rugged, mountainous terrain, officials said. It was 5 percent contained. “The terrain is extremely rugged and steep, and it’s making it more difficult to fight the fire,” said Michael King, a spokesman for the team fighting the fire. –Reuters
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3 Responses to Crews battle to contain raging Arizona wildfires

  1. Rick says:

    I’ve watched “What In The World Are They Spraying” (available on youtube) and it documents the aluminum and barium that falls from chemtrails that contributes to the intensity of wildfires in Arizona and other western states.


  2. Laura says:

    We’ve had very little rain here this winter (or last year either)… so it’s very, very dry. It’s also very hot here right now… about 100 or more in Phoenix every day for the past week. Up in the mountains in the 80s to 90s with high winds. The smoke has been pretty heavy in Phoenix for the past several days, I can even smell it through the air conditioning…. 😦

    As of now, they are about 10% contained, so I expect the fires will get much larger before they are under control. Where the resources for this will come from – I don’t know. The money?? I don’t know – as the state cut funding for fighting fires, despite the problems we had last year.


  3. Granny Bear says:

    link to earth observatory photos
    A human caused fire on private property originated on May 13 and then spread to Prescott National Forest.
    *** MODIS(Terra) image from May 16, 2012 (Posted on May 17, 2012 11:23 AM)

    Natural Hazards is a service of NASA’s Earth Observatory.


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