ARIZONA, USA — Authorities are battling multiple fires throughout the Grand Canyon State as Arizona's wildfire season ramps up.
Fire departments this year are already battling fires during what experts predict will be just as destructive of a season as last year, if not more.
Wildfires in Arizona burned the most acres of land in 2020 than any other year in the past decade, according to data from the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.
The state's 2021 Wildfire Season Outlook predicted widespread fire activity by the beginning of June, and multiple wildfires currently raging across the state have shown that prediction to be true.
Here are where the wildfires are happening and what damage they have caused:
The Walnut Fire has progressed towards Interstate 10 near Dragoon since igniting on June 22. Some Cochise County residents have been ordered to evacuate due to the fire.
The Rafael Fire burning through the north end of the Prescott National Forest has caused nearby communities to evacuate. The wildfire was one of eight fires ignited in the same area after a lightning storm on Thursday.
Fire crews are currently fighting the Wyrick Fire, burning in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest since June 19. The wildfire is "spreading in all directions," and is burning northwest of Heber, officials said.
The Backbone Fire has caused evacuations for residents in Strawberry, Hunt Ranch and Pine. The fire reportedly started due to lightning.
Horton Complex Fire
The Horton Complex Fire consists of four separate wildfires that are burning in proximity and all located within the Wallow Fire scar, fire officials said.
The Bear Fire has forced authorities to close a portion of US 191 between mileposts 201 and 225 near Alpine, fire officials said.
The Pinnacle Fire burning in east-central Arizona was ignited on June 10 on Pinnacle Ridge on the Coronado National Forest near the town of Klondyke, fire officials said.
The Telegraph Fire burning near Superior has caused multiple communities in Pinal County to evacuate or begin preparing to evacuate.
Arizona Wildfire Season
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