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Arizona wildfire burns Summerhaven

by Jon Robinson (webmaster) |

The town of Summerhaven, AZ lost from 200 to 250 homes yesterday and according to fire officials it's far from over.


"Winds are going to be stronger," said Larry Humphrey, a fire management team leader with the U.S. Forest Service.

"There's no sign of rain, and we're going to have wind now for four or five days, it looks like. The prognosis isn't real good for us."

An estimated 4,00 aches have burned, but the real toll has been in homes.


Fire officials expect the blaze may burn for three weeks, until monsoon rains arrive.

Many of the homes that were spared Thursday could still go up in flames, and nearly everything else atop Mount Lemmon - the ski resort, telescopes, radio towers, campgrounds and old growth pine forests - may also be destroyed.

The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) lists the fire at 0% contained.

In other Arizona fire news, a fire near Roosevelt Lake has spread to 3,000 acres with high winds expected to feed the fire today.