Arizona Wildfire Growing Amid Windy Conditions

May 20, 2024

A wildfire has led the U.S. Forest Service to shut down a portion of the Tonto National Forest has grown to more than 14,000 acres.

The Wildcat Fire increased in size because of windy weather conditions Sunday, prompting the Tonto National Forest to expand the size of its closure order due to wind gusts that were forecast up to 40 miles per hour late Monday, according to the Arizona Emergency Information Network.

“The fire continues to be active on the southeast side of the fire perimeter due to weather conditions,” the network stated “Fire crews are continuing to scout and construct fire lines to prevent fire spread. Fire retardant dropped by aircraft alone will not suppress this fire. Firefighters are needed to complete the fire suppression activities. Additional aviation assets have been ordered and will arrive today to assist firefighters.”

The fire is burning in shortgrass and brush and is 0% contained.

Topics Catastrophe Natural Disasters Wildfire Arizona

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