Experts Say Potential for Arizona Wildfires Extreme

April 30, 2008

Wildland fire officials are warning of a potential disaster in southeastern Arizona.

Fire behavior analysts with the Eastern Arizona Incident Management Team say the potential for extreme wildfire conditions are the worst they have been in southeastern Arizona for this time of year and higher than the average fire danger normally experienced in June.

As of April 27, the potential for extreme wildfire behavior is the highest it’s been in April in the past 23 years of scientific records.

Fire officials urge caution while in the wildlands, since extreme fire potential exists.

Officials say these conditions could easily last for a few more months with no relief expected until mid-July when monsoon rains arrive.

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