Democracy Now: Wildfires Sweep Across Parts of Arizona
In Arizona, fire crews are battling a series of wildfires that have swept across more than 30 square miles, fueled by high winds. Parts of the Tonto and Prescott National Forests have been burned, while hundreds of residents have been evacuated from the town of Crown King in central Arizona. The blazes are the first in Arizona this year since last year’s record season that saw more than 1,500 square-miles consumed by fire. Joe Reinarz of the U.S. Forest Service said some areas remain too dangerous for crews to enter.
Joe Reinarz: “This basin that we were worried about last night that is coming out, we said one to four days. It did not go out today so we passed the one day mark, and what we are doing right now — they just ordered six air tankers to be putting retardant along here to keep that checked up as long as we can and one of the reasons we are doing that is we do not want it in there for one. We are not sure that that is going to stop it until we get boots on the ground but we cannot go in there when there is a high probability that it is going to take off.”