Fires in the U.S. Southwest

Wildfires in Colorado, Arizona and Utah

16 June 2006

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This multispectral combined image was taken on 14 June2006 and shows wildfires in Colorado, Arizona and Utah. Wind-blown wildfires threatened more than 1,100 homes in Colorado and Arizona.

(source: OSEI)

Strong winds thwarted efforts on 14 June 2006 to battle several wildfires that have burned more than8,000 ha across  rain-deprived Arizona. A blaze threatened five subdivisions on the west side of Flagstaff, forcing more than 100 homes to evacuate Wednesdaynight. The fire was driven by wind gusts of up to 75 km/h as it scorched roughly100 ha. Several air tankers were dropping water and retardant on the blaze as it burned away from thedowntown. An estimated 120 homes were threatened, though none were burned. Officials said a number of campgrounds were consumed by flames but an exact number was not immediately known.

The cause of the fire, which was spotted about 4 p.m., was under investigation. Crews continued to work on a2,500-ha wildfire that threatened homes on two subdivisions north of Heber, about220 km northeast of Phoenix. It was 40 percent contained Wednesday. The blazefrom 6 June was sparked by lightening.

Elsewhere, a wildfire charred about 600 ha in Page in northeastern Arizona, and a5,000-ha wildfire in a wilderness area near Kingman in northwestern Arizona was 95 percentcontained.

For more information see:

  • National Interagency Fire Center

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