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Arizona Wildfire Expands, Expected to Triple in Size

Hundreds of firefighters are working to keep the residents and communities safe amidst the fire that continues to blaze across Oak Greek Canyon, which has now managed to char over 450 acres. Over the past five days, the fire has now spread and covered more than 7000 acres and is sad considering the fact that it has consumed one of the most popular tourist spots in Arizona.

This Arizona wildfire is now been called ‘The Slide Fire’ and has consumed some of the most picturesque scenic spots in the area. The firefighters apparently have their hands full as they use burnout operations and common firefighting methods.

Wildfire in Northern Arizona Grows Significantly Photo Credits: Flickr

Wildfire in Northern Arizona Grows Significantly
Photo Credits: Flickr

“They are making progress. Having the humidity and cooler temperatures was certainly very helpful. But we are by no means done yet,” Coronado National Forest Service information officer Gerry Perry explained, emphasizing on the firefighter’s operations. Evacuation orders have been forced on the nearby small town business persons and residents.

While Arizona has been known for its share of lightning and thunderstorms, this Arizona wildfire has apparently spread due to human fault. It is believed that the fire was set intentionally by the crews to rob the forest of its natural fuels.

The prediction of thunderstorms would bring in the much needed moisture and may help bring the situation under control, but if the storm doesn’t produce rain, it could actually fan the fire.

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