PHOENIX (KSAZ) - The unusually warm and dry winter Arizona has experience is proving just how dangerous the conditions are out there for wildfires, as two wildfires were reported on Friday.
Both of these fires were reportedly caused by humans, and the unusually warm and dry winter is proving just how dangerous the conditions are out there for wildfires.
One of the current fires is burning about 13 miles northeast of Payson, and the other is burning about five miles west of Heber.
"The majority of our fires are caused by humans in the State of Arizona, so we need everyone's help and education and to spread this information to help prevent them," said Gov. Doug Ducey a month ago, as he sent a warning to prepare people for a difficult wildfire season, after record-dry winter conditions.
The two fires burning in the state, as of Friday, are at 0% containment. The Knoll Fire ignited Friday morning about 13 miles northeast of Payson, one mile north of Mead Ranch in the Robert's Mesa area. Officials with the U.S. Forest Service say it was caused by fireworks. So far, there's nearly 45 firefighters fighting the blaze. Air tankers and helicopters have been ordered.
On Friday night, U.S. Forest Service officials say the fire has charred 70 acres of land.
The other fire reported on Friday is burning near the Black Mesa Ranger District, about five miles west of Heber. This one being called the Hank Fire, and crews continue to put out hot spots along the roads.
FOX 10 Phoenix has learned that this is the 9th human-caused fire on the Black Mesa Ranger District this week, and three of those have become wildfires. The two wildfires are happening during Wildfire Awareness Week.