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Arizona Wildfires - 2014

Major Wildfire Information and Updates

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Last updated: July 25, 2014 at 7 a.m.

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 credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images News

McRae Fire

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Fire name: McRae Fire
Fire started: mid-July
Fire location: 5 miles from Tusayan
How many miles from downtown Phoenix: 220
Acres burned: 2,750
Number of structures destroyed: 0

Number of fatalities: 0
Percent contained: 95%
Cause: lightning

San Juan Fire

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Fire name: San Juan Fire
Fire started: 06/26/14
Fire location: White Mountain Apache reservation, near San Juan Flats. Near Show Low.
How many miles from downtown Phoenix: 200
Acres burned: 6,975
Number of structures destroyed: 0, 90 structures threatened (
residences, well houses, barns, and sheds)
Number of fatalities: 0
Percent contained: 95%
Cause: human

Note: Evacuations have been lifted.

Oak Fire

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Fire name: Oak Fire
Fire started: 06/17/14
Fire location:
Galiuro Mountains in eastern Arizona
How many miles from downtown Phoenix: 185
Acres burned: 12,296
Number of structures destroyed: 0
Number of fatalities: 0
Percent contained: 5%
Cause: lightning

Note: heavy smoke in Safford

Dehose Fire

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Fire name: Dehose Fire
Fire started: 06/16/14
Fire location: near Cibecue
How many miles from downtown Phoenix: 155
Acres burned: 1,843
Number of structures destroyed: 0
Number of fatalities: 0
Percent contained: 80%
Cause: unknown

Assayii Lake

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Fire name: Assayii Lake Fire
Fire started: 06/13/2014
Fire location: Navajo Nation, Bowl Canyon area
How many miles from Downtown Phoenix? 320
Acres burned: 14,712
Number of structures destroyed: 0
Number of fatalities: 0
Percent contained: 98%
Cause: human

 

Jack Fire

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Fire name: Jack Fire
Fire started: 06/14/14
Fire location: northeast of Happy Jack
How many miles from downtown Phoenix: 150
Acres burned: 1,175
Number of structures destroyed: 0
Number of fatalities: 0
Percent contained: 90%
Cause: unknown

Slide Fire

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Fire name: Slide Fire
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Fire started: 05/20/14
Fire location: near Slide Rock, Sedona
How many miles from downtown Phoenix: 109
Acres burned: 21,217
Number of structures destroyed: 0, but about 300 threatened 300 structures, including private homes, vacation resort cabins and a Forest Service lookout tower.
Number of fatalities: 0
Percent contained: perimeter 100%
Cause: human, under investigation

Notes:

5-29: Residents are being allowed back to their homes near Slide Rock State Park.

5-27: Perimeter containment lines completed.

5-25: 1,200 people are now fighting this fire.

5-24: 975 people are fighting this fire.

5-23: Closures include Highway 89A from Sedona to Fort Tuthill in Flagstaff and Forest Road 535 off Highway 89A. Power has been shut off by APS from Slide Rock, north through the canyon.

5-22: Working this fire: 840 personnel including 15 hotshot crews, 33 engines, three air tankers, five helicopters, two air attack, and other resources.

5-20: This fire is burning just north of Sedona, in a popular area for summer visitors. It is burning in a northerly direction. Check for closures on Highway 89A. a 2-3 mile stretch north of Slide Rock has been evacuated.

Galahad Fire

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Fire name: Galahad Fire
Fire started: 05/23/14
Fire location: North Rim Grand Canyon
How many miles from downtown Phoenix: 375
Acres burned: 5,064
Number of structures destroyed: 0
Number of fatalities: 0
Percent contained: 100%
Cause: lightning

 

Research Fire

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Fire name: Research Fire
Fire started: 05/21/14
Fire location: near Elgin
How many miles from downtown Phoenix:
Acres burned: 816
Number of structures destroyed: one power line, one vehicle
Number of fatalities: 0
Percent contained: 100%
Cause: under investigation

Woods Canyon Fire

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Fire name: Woods Canyon Fire
Fire started: 05/21/14
Fire location: Woods Canyon Lake near Payson
How many miles from downtown Phoenix: 120
Acres burned: 88
Number of structures destroyed: 0
Number of fatalities: 0
Percent contained: 100%
Cause: human, illegal campfire

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