More than 934,000 acres of land have burned in Arizona due to 2,200 fires this year so far

  • Source: KVOA-TV NBC 4 Tucson
  • Published: 10/22/2020 12:00 AM

It's no secret that Monsoon didn't show up this year and we have seen the two hottest Arizona months recorded during that same time. Because of that, we have seen an uptick in late-season fires, but we should start to see them slow down in the next couple of weeks. The Encinos, Racetrack, Catalina and Ironwood are four fires that have burned in Southern Arizona in just the last few weeks. Tiffany Davila with the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management and she says that the fires were able to start earlier this year thanks to an abundance of fuels. "The fine fuels that we have especially across Southern Arizona and the Sonoran Desert, they dry out very quickly," she said. "In April, we had warmer than normal temperatures and that dried out those fuels faster." And that is what kicked off this year of fires. During the summer, we had very little Monsoon rains. We are in the middle of the hottest October on record. Many of the recent fires' causes are still under investigation.


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