On June 5 a wildfire which was sparked by lightning in Pima County in the Tuscon area has spread to thousands of acres and is now threatening hundreds of homes.
According to the Coronado National Forest, the fire had grown to 6,200 acres and was 10 per cent contained by late Thursday. The authorities have issued compulsory evacuation orders for about 200 homes.
At least 419 fire personnel are fighting the fire which is located in the Santa Catalina Mountains.
Over Thursday, crews convoyed burnout operations, which involves dropping small plastic spheres that ignite when they hit the ground to burn the vegetation in the way of the fire so it ultimately runs out of fuel, according to CNN member KOLD.
However, the fire continued to burn through the night.
The fire “threatened approximately 850 homes around Oro Valley and the Catalina Foothills,” according to a news statement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
On Thursday, in a statement, FEMA authorized the state of Arizona’s request for federal funds to battle the conflagration, saying that the destruction would form a major disaster.
Weather is another concern for much of the region on Friday. More than 6 million people across Nevada, Arizona, Utah and eastern California are under red flag alerts throughout Friday evening.
According to CNN meteorologist Haley Brink, strong winds are plausible for the area that is already prone to dry, hot conditions which could possibly produce rapidly growing fires through the weekend.
Across the Southern Rockies and Southern High Plains, there is a possible risk for dry thunderstorms where lightning likely to threaten the start of new fires, Brink added.