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US Arizona wildfires: Fire restrictions are tightened on federally controlled land due to ongoing wildfire danger

13:31  12 june  2021
13:31  12 june  2021 Source:   cnn.com

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are tightened on federally controlled land in Arizona due to ongoing wildfire danger . Friday on Arizona federal land as crews battle two massive wildfires that have charred more than 150 of Land Management on Friday issued fire restrictions on the federal land it controls due to dry and

The 2020 Arizona wildfire season is a series of wildfires that burned across the state of Arizona . The season is a part of the 2020 Western United States wildfire season.

Campfires and other activities were banned Friday on Arizona federal land as crews battle two massive wildfires that have charred more than 150,000 acres over the past week, officials said.

a lot of smoke around it: An evacuation order for residents in the area of Top-of-the-World, Arizona has been issued as the Telegraph fire spreads to over 34 thousand acres overnight. The population of Top-of-the-World is approximately 250 people. © KNXV An evacuation order for residents in the area of Top-of-the-World, Arizona has been issued as the Telegraph fire spreads to over 34 thousand acres overnight. The population of Top-of-the-World is approximately 250 people.

The Telegraph and Mescal Fires, both burning nearly 100 miles east of Phoenix, began earlier this month and continue to engulf the area.

The US Bureau of Land Management on Friday issued fire restrictions on the federal land it controls due to dry and hot conditions.

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  Telegraph Fire Update: Arizona Wildfire Burns Thousands of Acres, Forces Evacuations "Extreme fire behavior, burning in mostly shrub and grass, has warranted evacuations from Top-of-the-World and Oaks Flats Campground. The town of Superior is still in 'Set-Be Alert' status," fire officials wrote on the InciWeb system. On Sunday morning, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office ordered residents in the Top-of-the-World neighborhood to evacuate. In a subsequent tweet, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office wrote, "If you choose to ignore this advisement, you must understand emergency services may not be able to assist you further.

Arizona Fire Restrictions - Page Under Development. Visit the Agency website for contact information or more information regarding any Fire Restrictions that may be in effect. The agency and incident management team for the incident is responsible for initiating and maintaining information on InciWeb. Incident information includes photographs, maps, overviews, announcements and closures as needed. Not all ongoing fires /incidents in Arizona will appear here.

The wildfires come as tribal nations and Arizona face an uptick in Covid-19 cases. The Navajo Nation has the highest per-capita infection rate in the US, while Arizona currently faces an infection rate of over 28% of those tested. Recent scientific studies examining England and Italy have linked Covid-19 morbidity to poor air quality of the likes yielded by wildfire smoke. A wildfire air attack crew battles the Bighorn fire along the western side of the Santa Catalina Mountains on 12 June. Photograph: Matt York/AP. This reality has forced emergency responders to adjust accordingly.

Under the new rules, people are prohibited from using a tool with an internal combustion engine -- such as a chain saw -- on such lands in the state. Smoking outdoors and shooting a gun other than for hunting reasons are also barred, BLM said in a statement.

a sunset over a road: The Telegraph Fire has burned nearly 86,000 acres in eastern Arizona. © Tonto National Forest The Telegraph Fire has burned nearly 86,000 acres in eastern Arizona.

"Violation of restrictions is punishable by fine, imprisonment or both. Violators may also be held personally responsible for reimbursement of fire suppression costs," the statement said.

The rules apply throughout Arizona except for the small portion of the state north of the Grand Canyon, according to BLM.

As of early Saturday, the Telegraph Fire that scorched more than 86,000 acres of land was 45% contained, according to the Interagency Incident Information Center. Meanwhile, the Mescal Fire has burned more than 72,000 acres with containment at 82% as of Saturday.

Telegraph, Mescal Fires Burn Over 140,000 Acres, Prompts New Evacuations

  Telegraph, Mescal Fires Burn Over 140,000 Acres, Prompts New Evacuations Fire officials described the Telegraph Fire as a "fast moving and dynamic fire," on the InciWeb website.On Wednesday, fire officials reported on the national InciWeb wildfire information system, that the Telegraph Fire had burned approximately 76,260 acres and was 18 percent contained. Additionally, data from the InciWeb system showed that the Mescal Fire, which is located just east of the Telegraph Fire, had burned approximately 70,066 acres and was 23 percent contained.

“ Fire restrictions are a tool many agencies use to restrict activities known to be the most common causes of wildfires ,” a May 11 news release stated. Under the restrictions , the following activities are prohibited on all BLM and BOR administered lands in Arizona : • No building, maintaining, attending or using a fire , campfire, charcoal, coal or wood stove. Propane and pressurized liquid or gas stoves, and grills or lanterns that have shut-off valves may be used where there is at least 6 feet or more space cleared of flammable material, such as grass and brush.

This is a list of known wildfires in Arizona . National Interagency Fire Center. InciWeb - Arizona Incidents. Southwest Coordination Center. Arizona Interagency Wildfire Prevention.

Officials said that at one point, the area around the fires was so dry that firefighters trying to tame the blaze inadvertently sparked fires with their own heavy equipment.

The fires have been declared as emergencies, which has allowed the state to access federal funds. The Arizona legislature is set to meet in a special session next week to consider spending more money for wildfire response.

Federal lands in Arizona are not the only in the Southwest at risk. In Nevada, a wildfire at the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is burning nearly 10 miles southwest of Las Vegas, BLM said.

Officials determined that a target shooting caused the Sandy Valley fire, which has burned nearly 1,600 acres and was 40% contained as of late Friday night.

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