Arizona wildfires 2024: What to know about the fires burning in the state

Wildfire season has begun in Arizona as several fires have popped up across the state.

We take a look at each fire, how big it is, the communities impacted, and who should be evacuating, or who should be ready to evacuate.

MAP: Here is a link to the different wildfires burning across the state

Reay Fire

Painted Fire

Toyo Fire

The Toyo Fire south of San Carlos is reportedly burning more than 1,600 acres.

It started overnight on May 10. The roads nearby have reopened following a closure.

Peaks Fire

The Tonoto National Forest requested resources to fight the Peaks Fire on Saturday, May 11.

It is believed to be about 25 miles northwest of Mesa near SR 87 and possibly near the Four Peaks mountain range.

Flying Bucket Fire

The Flying Bucket Fire sparked on May 6 in southern Maricopa County.

Officials estimated more than 4,000 acres were burned on May 7.

The estimate was updated on May 8 to 2,795 acres by the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, which changed estimates due to more accurate mapping. 

They estimated the fire is 100% contained as of May 12.

Officials believe the fire was human-caused by way of a shooting.

Horse Fire

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SkyFOX view of the Horse Fire burning in the Tonto National Forest (KSAZ-TV)

The Horse Fire began on May 5 in the Tonto National Forest. It has grown to 512 acres and is 50% contained.

Horseshoe Dam Road between Horseshoe and Bartlett Lakes has been closed as crews battle the wildfire.

Tonto National Forest says one structure was destroyed in the fire.

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Sugar Fire

SUGAR FIRE (US FOREST SERVICE TONTO NATIONAL FOREST)

Sugar Fire  (US Forest Service - Tonto National Forest)

The Sugar Fire sparked on May 4 northeast of Fort McDowell in Maricopa County.

No evacuations were ordered, and no structures were threatened.

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Bowers Fire

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Bowers Fire

The Bowers Fire began on April 22 east of Whetstone in Cochise County. Sadly, one person was killed in the fire.

The fire burned 28 acres and officials believe it was human-caused. Forward progress of the fire has been stopped.

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Range Fire

The Range Fire sparked on April 20 outside of Florence near an Arizona National Guard training range.

No evacuations were ordered, and no structures were threatened.

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