HANNAGAN MEADOW, Ariz. — Editor's note: The above video aired during a previous broadcast.
Four separate wildfires are burning through the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest using heavy dead and down logs as fuel, fire officials said.
The wildfires, being fought under the name Horton Complex Fire, have burned around 12,263 combined acres and are 33% contained as of Thursday morning, officials said.
Around 265 personnel have been assigned to the fire, including five hand crews,11 engines, three helicopters, four dozers, one feller buncher, and six water tenders.
A temporary emergency closure has been implemented around the fire’s perimeter to protect public health and safety during fire suppression activities.
No communities near the fire have been put into "READY," "SET," or "GO" yet.
Residents in evacuation areas are urged to have an emergency supplies kit to bring with them when leaving their homes.
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
- Signal flare
The entire NFPA checklist of supplies can be found here.
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