Arizona Is (Still) Burning

Arizona Wildfires destroys everything in its path

Arizona Wildfires Continue to Burn

One week since our last article about the early start of 2012 Arizona wildfire season, the fires continue to burn out of control. Here is the latest on those fires as of 5/22/2012.

Bull Flat Fire

The Bull Flat Fire has scorched 2,145 acres on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation (map). The Bull Flat Fire began May 10, 2012 in a remote area of the Fort Apache Agency about 20 miles northwest of Cibecue, AZ (map). It is believed to be lightning caused because the agency had several other starts by lightning on the same day. It is approximately 95 percent contained.

Firefighters will continue to patrol and monitor the perimeter of the Bull Flat Fire. Crews will also continue rehabilitation efforts on dozer lines and construct erosion control barriers to help stabilize the outside edges of the fire.

Elwood Fire

The Elwood Fire, which burned about 1,300 acres on the San Carlos Indian Reservation (map) is about 95 percent contained. The Elwood Fire started on May 11, 2012 and the cause is still under investigation. There are 140 fire personnel and one helicopter assigned to the Elwood fire. There have been five injuries so far related to the Elwood Fire.

Gladiator Fire

The Gladiator Fire is an active threat to communities and continues to grow. So far, the fire has burned six structures, including two this week and forced the evacuation of Crown King (map), Battle Flat (map), Pine Flat and Turkey Creek (map).

The Gladiator Fire has burned approximately14,963 acres so far and is only 19 percent contained. The Gladiator Fire originated from a house fire on private property. There are currently 29 fire crews, 43 engines, 37 water tenders, 5 dozers, 12 helicopters assigned to the Gladiator Fire. In all, there are 1,160 personnel working on the fire and 6 injuries have occurred fighting the fire.

Sunflower Fire

The Sunflower Fire is estimated at 16, 115 acres and is approximately 43 percent contained. The Sunflower Fire started on May 12, 2012 and its cause is still under investigation. The Sunflower Fire is located 21 miles south of Payson (map) with plenty of fuel to burn in the form of grass, chaparral and pinion pine. The terrain is steep and rugged, making it difficult to fight the fire.

There are 259 personnel assigned to the fire in the form of 3 crews, 9 engines, 1 dozer, 2 water tenders, 6 helicopters and 6 air tankers.

The 2012 Arizona wildfire seasonCampini Fire

The Campini Fire is burning in the Coronado National  Forest (map), west of Montezuma Pass along and into the Mexican Border. The Campini Fire started on May 21, 2012 and its cause is unknown although it is believed to be human-caused. Most of the fire is in Mexico.

There is currently 1 firefighter crew, 3 engines, 1 water tender, 1 fixed-wing aircraft and 1 helicopter assigned to the Campini Fire. Currently, there are no structures threatened.

Collins Fire

The Collins Fire is burning in southeastern Arizona and is estimated to be 50 acres. It is located along Highway 83 north of Sonoita (map). The Collins Fire is burning in grass, brush and oak.  Firefighters are making good progress with suppression efforts at this time.

The 2012 Arizona wildfire season is off to a quick start and it could very well be one of the worst fire seasons in history. Arizona is still burning…and so are my eyes, nose and lungs.


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