Wildfire in Arizona Mountains Illustrates Extreme Conditions

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Several small fires started Monday and converged quickly in the mountains well north and east of Phoenix to create a single blaze called the 377 fire. While no threat to the Valley, the wildfire illustrates the risks this year as the statewide drought deepens after a dry winter and with no rain in sight, and officials plead with residents to be careful.

“The fire was caused by chains being dragged on the road,” the Heber-Overgaard Fire Department said. Some photos of the fire on Monday, June 4:

As of this morning, the 377 Fire has burned 5,180 acres of mostly grass and pinyon juniper with a few pockets of forest, officials said. It is 20 percent contained. The fire, between Heber-Overgaard and Hollbrook, forced closures of highways 277 and 377. Power lines feeding Heber-Overgaard were downed, and power was out to most residents Monday and Tuesday, the local fire department reported.

More than 300 firefighters are battling the blaze, which started less than a week after a brush fire in a wash in Anthem burned about 1 acre and briefly threatened homes, and just days after a 5-acre brushfire in Black Canyon City—which started by spontaneous combustion of oily rags in the back of a pickup truck—destroyed two homes and at least 20 vehicles.

Additional photos provided by the state forestry department and the Heber-Overgaard Fire Department:

377 fire

This satellite view shows the fire developing:


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NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites Space.com and Live Science. He has written four novels. Email the author.

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