PHOENIX - Wet weather on June 23 brought some relief for fire crews across the state, as a very active wildfire season has put a strain on manpower and resources.
" We had a lightning burst that came through a couple days ago and started all of these fires within the Prescott and Flagstaff area, so that in itself is keeping people busy," said Tiffany Davila with the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.
Currently, about 1,500 people are working the Backbone, Pinnacle, Rafael and Telegraph Fires in the state, as the fires burn up thousands of acres of land, and threaten a number of communities.
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Another fire of concern is the Wyrick Fire. The fire has burned over 7,000 acres of land, and it is currently threatening the community of Heber-Overgaard. Just under 100 people are working on the fire currently.
"What we’re doing right now is once our larger scale fires are starting to become closer to full containment, they are able to demobilize those resources and put them somewhere else where the resource need is," said Davila.
Davila said wildfire relief brought by wet weather will only be temporary.
"It is helping to some degree. Is it the end all be all? No. The fires will continue to burn. It is definitely helping, but once the cloud coverage moves out of the area, the temperatures heat up again, we will see more fire activity," said Davila.
Davila also said rain brings other concerns.
"While we want as much of the monsoon and rainfall as we can get, we have to be very careful in those areas like the Telegraph area, where the Bush Fire and Big Horn Fire burned last year because those areas are going to be susceptible to flooding," said Davila.
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