As of yesterday, there were five wildfires burning in Arizona, and already the combined fires have scorched more than 6,000 acres…. Unfortunately, this appears to be a sign of things to come. We’ve experienced very little moisture and temperatures are already heating up — fast. Making matters worse for firefighters battling the Gladiator fire near Crown King, winds are playing a factor, making it difficult to contain…. As of 9:22 am, the human-caused fire burned 3,000 acres.
Besides the Gladiator blaze, firefighters in the state are also working to suppress the Sunflower fire near Payson.
The Sunflower Fire 21 miles south of Payson in the Tonto National Forest, which by Sunday evening had spread to about 3,100 acres despite a large air and ground offensive.
More than 280 firefighters battled the fire, west of Arizona 87. The fire’s growth was attributed to rugged terrain, dry fuels and drought conditions. The active blaze ran to the east-northeast as firefighters worked to anchor it to the south and conducted burnouts west of Forest Road 201. The fire ignited Saturday morning and while it threatens no structures, firefighters are concerned about a power line southeast of it. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The other three fires include, the Elwood Fire on the San Carlos Indian Reservation; the Bull Flat Fire on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation; and the Slaughter House Fire near Kingman.