Look ahead to Arizona's wildfire season - New York News

Look ahead to Arizona's wildfire season

Posted: Updated:
PHOENIX -

Wildfire season has arrived in the west. Over the past two days, at least two separate wildfires have broken out in southern California.

Meanwhile, here in Arizona, firefighters are gearing up for our wildfire season -- and experts say it could be a bad one.

We are definitely seeing the signs that it will be a bad summer for fighting fires. Thursday there was a red flag warning to remind campers not to start camp fires in parts of Arizona -- and state leaders were out talking about how they are preparing for the tough summer ahead.

Fast moving flames are already sweeping southern California. A fire in Camarillo has scorched more than 6,000 acres. Weather conditions are also fanning this fire in Banning, where the blaze destroyed a home.

As temperatures rise across the region, Arizona officials brace for the worst.

"These wildfires threaten lives, they destroy property, they blacken mile upon mile of public and private land, they cost millions of dollars in damage to our forests and deplete our scarce resources," says Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.

And this season's low humidity, high winds and rising temperatures make conditions ripe for strong wildfires.

"High wind days just cause problems for our firefighters, so we are concerned about what kinds of winds we are going to have this summer," says state forester Scott Hunter.

State officials showcased new firefighting resources – including helicopters, new fire trucks and more inmate crews -- but also call on the public to stay vigilant.

"I ask Arizonans to be extra careful this summer, obey all state and local fire restrictions and be extremely careful during high wind days. Working together we can greatly reduce the potential for wildfires in our great state."

Authorities also said that the majority of wildfires are preventable, starting from lit cigarettes or abandoned camp fires. Again the public is advised not to start a campfire when there is a red flag warning.


  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Suspect arrested in 1990s cold-case murders on Long Island

    Suspect arrested in 1990s cold-case murders on Long Island

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:00 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:00:17 GMT
    SCPD photoSCPD photo
    Authorities on Long Island have arrested a suspect in two cold case murders dating to the 1990s. John Bittrolff, a married father of two, is the lead suspect in the deaths of two prostitutes whose bodies were found within months of each other in late 1993 and early 1994, authorities said. Police arrested the 48-year-old, who was arraigned at the district court in Central Islip.
    Authorities on Long Island have arrested a suspect in two cold case murders dating to the 1990s. John Bittrolff, a married father of two, is the lead suspect in the deaths of two prostitutes whose bodies were found within months of each other in late 1993 and early 1994, authorities said. Police arrested the 48-year-old, who was arraigned at the district court in Central Islip.
  • Real estate heir charged for urinating on candy

    Real estate heir charged for urinating on candy

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 3:51 PM EDT2014-07-22 19:51:49 GMT
    A New York City real estate heir who admitted killing his neighbor a decade ago in Texas is facing a new charge in Houston that accuses him of urinating on candy at a drug store. Authorities say 71-year-old Robert Durst was arrested Sunday after arguing with store employees. They say he was charged with criminal mischief after urinating on at least $100 worth of candy.
    A New York City real estate heir who admitted killing his neighbor a decade ago in Texas is facing a new charge in Houston that accuses him of urinating on candy at a drug store. Authorities say 71-year-old Robert Durst was arrested Sunday after arguing with store employees. They say he was charged with criminal mischief after urinating on at least $100 worth of candy.
  • Search for masked robbers in Caesars heist

    Search for masked robbers in Caesars heist

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-07-22 19:28:51 GMT
    The hunt is on in southern New Jersey for two suspects who made off with more than $180K from Caesars Atlantic City casino. The brazen robbers reportedly stole the cash from two plastic boxes on the casino floor. The robbery occurred on Monday at about 6 a.m. The masked robbers took off in a vehicle. The State Police Casino Gaming Bureau is handling the investigation.
    The hunt is on in southern New Jersey for two suspects who made off with more than $180K from Caesars Atlantic City casino. The brazen robbers reportedly stole the cash from two plastic boxes on the casino floor. The robbery occurred on Monday at about 6 a.m. The masked robbers took off in a vehicle. The State Police Casino Gaming Bureau is handling the investigation.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices