Wildfires in Arizona have tripled in size, causing hundreds of families to flee

A wildfire in Arizona more than tripled in size. Relentless winds blew the fire through the suburbs of a university and tourist town, leaving hundreds of residents away from their homes and destroying more than 20 buildings.
Fire officials said the fire continued to spread Wednesday, passing through dry grass, spreading yellow pine around the house and entering the volcanic ash field, where underground tree roots can burn and throw small stones into the air. The continuous spring breeze and gusts of 80 kilometers per hour hindered the action of firefighters.
“This is a warning to the rest of the state,” said Dick Fleishman, a fire information officer. “If you have hay next to your house, it’s time to clean it up.”
With wildfires raging in the southwest, fire managers are struggling with scarce resources. The United States has 16 top national fire management teams, four of which are dedicated to fires in Arizona and New Mexico – which is rare early in the wildfire season, Fleshman said.
Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes due to wildfires north of Flagstaff and south of Prescott, Arizona.
In New Mexico, Mora County Sheriff’s office issued a mandatory evacuation order requiring more residents to evacuate. Since Sunday, the fire has burned more than 36 square kilometers. Meanwhile, a forest area along the Rio Grande south of Albuquerque caught fire again on Wednesday afternoon.
Mark Stubblefield of the National Weather Service said winds in Arizona are expected to weaken on Wednesday, but increase on Thursday and Friday.


In Colorado, new wildfires prompted the evacuation of residents near Monte Vista and Longmont. Monte Vista is located in the southern part of the state with a population of about 4150. According to a video taken by a reporter of Alamosa City People’s daily, with the response of firefighters, flames and thick smoke can be seen on the streets surrounded by buildings.
In Arizona, authorities cannot determine whether anyone was injured in a wildfire north of Flagstaff until the fire subsided. Konino County Sheriff Jim Driscoll said firefighters and law enforcement officers told people to evacuate door-to-door, but they had to evacuate in order to avoid being trapped.
He said his office received a call saying a man was trapped in his house, but firefighters couldn’t find him.
“We don’t know if we succeeded,” he said.
Some houses were burned down, but kokonino county did not specify how many houses were burned down.

High winds ground fire-fighting aircraft

Various organizations are establishing shelters for evacuees and animals, including goats and horses.
Residents recall that more than a decade ago, when a larger wildfire burned in the same area, they hurriedly packed their bags and fled their homes.
“It’s different this time, in your backyard,” resident Kathy Volmer said.
She said she and her husband grabbed three dogs, but left two cats facing what she called the “wall of fire”
“We just hope they’ll be fine,” she said.
U.S. highway 89, the main road between Flagstaff and Northern Arizona and Navajo communities, is still closed. Strong winds grounded the aircraft, and the aircraft may splash water and flame retardant on the flame.
A spokeswoman for Arizona Public Service Co., Arizona’s largest utility company, said the company shut down power supplies to about 625 customers to ensure the safety of firefighters.
About 200 firefighters are fighting the blaze, but more are expected as the country’s top management team takes over later this week.