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.
Experts are predicting a very active fire season in 2022 due to the ongoing drought across the southwestern US and crews have been preparing since March.
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Here are where the wildfires are happening and what damage they have caused:
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The wildfire located 14 miles northeast of Flagstaff has forced the emergency evacuation of thousands of residents and destroyed homes. The blaze continues to grow due to high winds and dry conditions.
The wildfire burning 11 miles south of Prescott has forced emergency evacuations and continues to grow due to dry timber fuel.
Arizona Wildfire Season
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Residents in evacuation areas are urged to have an emergency supplies kit to bring with them when leaving their homes, especially as Arizona residents are beginning to see widespread fire activity throughout the state.
An emergency supply kit should be put together long before a wildfire or another disaster occurs. Make sure to keep it easily accessible so you can take it with you when you have to evacuate.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that residents near a disaster store emergency supplies in a plastic tub, small suitcase, trash can, backpack, or other containers.
Residents should make sure they have the necessities, such as three gallons of water per person and a three-day supply of ready-to-eat food, the NFPA said. A first-aid kit, prescription medications, contact lenses, and non-prescription drugs should also be taken into account.
Copies of any important family documents, including insurance policies, identification, bank account records, and emergency contact numbers should also be taken and put into a waterproof, portable container in your kit, the NFPA said.
The association lists other items that would help in a disaster, including:
Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio and an NOAA weather radio to receive up-to-date information
Dust mask or cotton T-shirt to filter the air
Matches in a waterproof container
Complete change of clothing including long pants, long sleeve shirts, and sturdy shoes stored in a waterproof container
The entire NFPA checklist of supplies can be found here.