Into Arizona heat, forests and wildfires
A 20-member Minnesota Interagency Fire Center (MIFC) Type-2 initial attack crew, led by crew bosses Ryan Halvorson (USFS-CPF) and Jeremy Pace (USFS-SPF), left Grand Rapids this morning for a 14-day regional support assignment in Mesa, Arizona. They are headed toward 21 active wildfires and triple-digit temperatures.
Last week, Arizona Governor Ducey declared a state of emergency and stage 2 fire restrictions are in place for most of Arizona. This prohibits campfires, smoking outdoors, using explosives or firearms, operating small engines, welding outdoors or parking cars near grassy areas.
Outside of Safford, the 38,500-acre Frye Fire is the largest wildfire in Arizona right now. It is in the Coronado National Forest where there are five active incidents. An Area Command Team was ordered there yesterday and more than 392 active lightning strikes were detected in the forest over the weekend.
Stay safe, hydrated and healthy, crew! Hot temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds remain in the forecast. Wildfire Today reports dozens of confirmed cases of strep throat at a Frye Fire spike camp this week.