Ideal Wildfire Conditions Make Battle Harder for Arizona Firefighters

When there is a fire in your area, always employ situational awareness (the "Set" in Ready, Set, Go!) Know the conditions in your area - you don't want to be caught off your toes. Even before a wildfire sparks, you should keep a lookout for signs of a heightened fire risk such as lack of rainfall the past few days, grasses that are turning brown, winds picking up, etc.

From the Source: 

"The deck appears stacked against 840 firefighters trying to wrangle an Arizona forest fire as it roars through thousands of acres of park land.

Dust-dry pine needles, high winds and steep slopes have dealt the blaze called the Slide Fire ideal conditions to spread rapidly, fire officials say. And it has.

The flames that investigators fear were ignited by human hands appear to have consumed hundreds of acres in a few hours' time, according to data from the online Incident Information System. The reported acreage burned jumped from 4,830 to 7,500 acres on Thursday.

A battalion of firefighters, including 15 hotshot crews and three air tankers had the blaze 5% contained by the evening, more than two days after the wildfire was first reported."

  Above: "A wildfire burns south of Flagstaff, Arizona, on Wednesday, May 21. The fast-growing fire, dubbed the Slide Fire as it is just north of Slide Rock State Park, threatens several hundred homes and rental cabins in the area." Credit: CNN

Above: "A wildfire burns south of Flagstaff, Arizona, on Wednesday, May 21. The fast-growing fire, dubbed the Slide Fire as it is just north of Slide Rock State Park, threatens several hundred homes and rental cabins in the area." Credit: CNN