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Arizona Wildfires - 2013

Major Wildfire Information and Updates

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Last updated: September 5, 2013 - morning

Every year there are wildfires in Arizona. While many people think of Arizona as being desert, we also have significant forest lands in the state. Those, and the desert brush, are susceptible to being ignited by lightning strikes as well as by humans who sometimes cause the fires.

This list is not intended to cover every wildfire in Arizona, but I will provide some general information and significant updates to those major fires burning and being battled in the state. At the "More Info" link, you can find more detailed updates and firefighting data relative to that wildfire. When the wildfire is mostly contained, I will stop providing updates.

Wildfires in Arizona most commonly begin in May when it gets hot and dries out the fire fuels. Fires typically continue through monsoon when lightning storms happen often.

Please be careful during the hot Arizona summers -- obey all campfire restrictions and safely extinguish all cigarettes. Do not throw lit cigarettes out your car window; that's what ashtrays are for!

See photos of some of Arizona's wildfires.

Note: I do not include prescribed burns in this list. Information posted here is for general information purposes only; this is not an official site of any wildfire or state organization.

Photo © Judy Hedding

Egypt Fire

Arizona Wildfires Burning
Fire name: Egypt Fire
Fire started: 07/15/2013
Fire location: West Clear Creek Wilderness
How many miles from Downtown Phoenix? 130
Acres burned: 450
Number of structures destroyed: 0
Number of fatalities: 0
Percent contained: managed
Cause: lightning


More information:

Fire spread is being managed daily for natural burning to reduce existing fire fuels.

Eastwood Mesa Fire

Arizona Wildfires Burning
Fire name: Eastwood Mesa Fire
Fire started: 08/15/2013
Fire location: near Skull Valley
How many miles from Downtown Phoenix? 112
Acres burned: 3,000
Number of structures destroyed: 0
Number of fatalities: 0
Percent contained: 100%
Cause: lightning

Castle Fire

Arizona Wildfires Burning
Fire name: Castle Fire
Fire started: 07/24/2013
Fire location: near Fredonia
How many miles from Downtown Phoenix? 330
Acres burned: 1,537
Number of structures destroyed: 0
Number of fatalities: 0
Percent contained: managed
Cause: lightning


More information:

Castle Fire is being managed to improve the area ecosystem, reduce fire fuels and fuel density.

French Gulch Fire

Arizona Wildfires Burning
Fire name: French Gulch Fire
Fire started: 08/17/2013
Fire location: east of Yarnell
How many miles from Downtown Phoenix? 100
Acres burned: 836
Number of structures destroyed: 0
Number of fatalities: 0
Percent contained: 100%
Cause: lightning


More information:

Estimated Containment Date: Friday, August 25, 2013

White Fire

Arizona Wildfires Burning
Fire name: White Fire
Fire started: 08/15/2013
Fire location: south of Superior
How many miles from Downtown Phoenix? 72
Acres burned: 1,000
Number of structures destroyed: 0
Number of fatalities: 0
Percent contained: 100%
Cause: lightning


More information:

Mostly brush and grass. August 19: Not currently spreading.

Cain Fire

Arizona Wildfires Burning
Fire name: Cain Fire
Fire started: 08/15/2013
Fire location: Tonto National Forest in Four Peaks Wilderness Area
How many miles from Downtown Phoenix? 58, 28 miles northeast of Mesa
Acres burned: 260
Number of structures destroyed: 0
Number of fatalities: 0
Percent contained: 100%
Cause: lightning


More information:

Remote area.

Skinner Fire

Arizona Wildfires Burning
Fire name: Skinner Fire
Fire started: 07/26/2013
Fire location: outside Tusayan
How many miles from Downtown Phoenix? 220
Acres burned: 1,463
Number of structures destroyed: 0
Number of fatalities: 0
Percent contained: 100%
Cause: lightning


More information:

Some smoke may be seen in Tusayan and at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Mud Fire

Arizona Wildfires Burning
Fire name: Mud Fir
Fire started: 07/29/2013
Fire location: Near Williams
How many miles from Downtown Phoenix? 185
Acres burned: 308
Number of structures destroyed: 0
Number of fatalities: 0
Percent contained: managed
Cause: lightning


More information:

Minimal impact to Williams.

Cooper Fire

Fire name: Cooper Fire
Fire started: 07/15/2013
Fire location: near Jacob Lake
How many miles from Downtown Phoenix? 313
Acres burned: 739
Number of structures destroyed: 0
Number of fatalities: 0
Percent contained: being managed
Cause: lightning


More information:

Fire managers are conducting a low intensity burnout operation along the perimeter and Highway 89A.

Shipman Fire

Arizona Wildfires Burning
Fire name: Shipman Fire
Fire started: 7/8/2013
Fire location: outside of Kearny, east of Florence
How many miles from Downtown Phoenix? 90
Acres burned: 518
Number of structures destroyed: 2
Number of fatalities: 0
Percent contained: 100%
Cause: lightning


More information:

July 11: estimated date of containment is July 12

July 9: Stephens Trailer Park has been evacuated.

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