values less than 15 percent and dew points as low as the single
digits will be present and persistent across a large portion of the
Southwest through at least Sunday," said weather.com
most extreme heat in the coming days will be in the Desert Southwest
where highs could climb to near 120 degrees, including in Phoenix,
where it hasn't been that hot in more than 20 years.
Head Fire - New Mexico
state of emergency has been declared as the Dog Head Fire more than
tripled to around 17,000 acres by Saturday morning, forcing
evacuations in the Manzano Mountains southeast of Albuquerque. The
sudden growth was attributed to dry conditions, hot temperatures and
of the town of Chilili along state road 337 begin to evacuate due to
the Dog Head wildfire near the Manzano mountains, Wednesday, June
15, 2016, in Chilili, N.M. (Roberto E. Rosales/The
Albuquerque Journal via AP)
has been dry in the region for more than two weeks, said weather.com
The last measurable rainfall occurred in Albuquerque on June 1, when
0.12 inches was measured.
crews worked to secure a section of line of the North Fire in New
Mexico's San Mateo Mountains. (TC Smith/USFS)
largest of these fires has burned more than 30,000 acres in the San
Mateo Mountains of southwestern New Mexico over the course of nearly
lightning-caused North Fire started May 21 in the Cibola National
Forest and is only 30 percent contained. According to a release from
the U.S. Forest Service's Magdalena Ranger District on Wednesday,
smoke will be the biggest danger for communities and residents in the
vicinity of Magdalena and surrounding areas.
will be little movement of air to get the smoke up and out of the
area," the release said. "Smoke will not move very far or
mix well into the atmosphere. It will settle into drainages and
low-lying areas, with high likelihood for evening
inversions. Smoke may be heavy at times during all hours and lifting
of smoke during the day slower than has been seen over the past
Fire - Arizona
wildfire near Show Low, Arizona, that started Wednesday has nearly
reached 10,000 acres and prompted some evacuations in the area.
never seen a fire up here like this,"
Pinetop resident Ryan Davis told ABC15. “In Pinetop, it's
clear, then we drove underneath it and it got all dark and then you
could smell it – it smelled like a campfire."
Cedar Fire - officials changed
the name from
the Cedar Creek Fire on Thursday, KPHO reports - is burning brush and
timber in rugged terrain about nine miles from Show Low. Thousands of
area residents remain under pre-evacuation advisories. Navajo
County spokesman Adam Wolfe said only about a dozen people have been
is still on the outskirts of town. But the
smoke is really bad.
Wind is really getting bad," Ryan White, who works in Show Low,
told USA Today on Wednesday night. "The wind seems to be pushing
it right toward Show Low, Pinetop areas. I could smell the fire
around noon; went to look outside the shop and could see the smoke
officials told residents in Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside and
three other communities to prepare for possible evacuations, but
Wolfe says Show Low's west side is the area that likely would
be affected initially if evacuations are necessary.
it started and the wind was really bad, it was raining ash. Like, it
was falling out of the sky," Pinetop resident Janice Elmore, who
hadn't been ordered to evacuate yet, told ABC15. “It's pretty
scary, but we love it up here so we want to stay as long as we can."
cause of the fire is still unknown.
Fire - California
wind-driven fire that has consumed almost 6,000 acres in the Los
Padres National Forest prompted mandatory evacuations in Southern
Santa Barbara County as it swept toward the Pacific Ocean. The fire
started shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon near the Sherpa
Ranch, and late Wednesday evening, KTLA.com quoted Santa Barbara
County Fire Captain Dave Zaniboni as saying the
fire had "blown up."
U.S. 101, the state's main coastal highway, had to be shut down for
the second time since the fire first erupted, the Associated Press
reports. The roadway was closed for hours.
was actually on scene last night and saw some of the fire tornadoes,
and I tell you what, it's no joke," Highway Patrol Lt. Steve
Larson told AP. "It was off the hook."
morning, a firefighting DC-10 jumbo jet led an air attack on the
inferno, dropping vast swaths of retardant to stop the fire's
movement across hard to reach terrain. A fleet of planes and
helicopters have been brought in to assist the army of firefighters
on the ground.
defensive strategy will continue to emphasize protection of life and
property while we look for a place to turn the corner and push this
back up into the mountains and get full containment," federal
incident commander Robert Laeng told AP.
has been a
significant and challenging fire,"
Santa Barbara County Fire Chief Eric Peterson told KSBY. "It's
burning in an area notorious for life and property loss, structure
loss and fuels that have not burned for over 70 years."