In response to the large fires burning in Arizona, the U.S. Forest Service has deployed more than 2,500 interagency firefighters to protect lives and property through a joint incident command system, and we are coordinating the resources available at local, state and federal levels. While damage to homes, communities and people have been limited so far, we anticipate that the current dry and windy conditions will lead to several difficult days of firefighting ahead of us to prevent additional acreage within the state to be impacted. We are working with local partners to strategically deploy staff and equipment to minimize the impact on homes and communities within the region. The causes of the three large fires in Arizona (e.g., the Wallow fire, Horseshoe 2 fire, Murphy fire) are still under investigation.
For more information, visit http://www.fs.fed.us/fire/.