ARIZONA, USA — Authorities are battling multiple fires throughout the Grand Canyon State as Arizona's wildfire season ramps up.
Fire departments this year are already battling fires during what experts predict will be just as destructive of a season as last year, if not more.
Wildfires in Arizona burned the most acres of land in 2020 than any other year in the past decade, according to data from the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.
The state's 2021 Wildfire Season Outlook predicted widespread fire activity by the beginning of June, and multiple wildfires currently raging across the state have shown that prediction to be true.
Here are where the wildfires are happening and what damage they have caused:
The Middle Fire is burning northeast of Cave Creek. The lightning-caused fire has been burning since June 29, fire officials said.
Fire crews are fighting the Painted Fire, burning in the Tonto National Forest since June 30.
The Tiger Fire is burning to the south and east of Crown King. Smoke is visible along the I-17 near Sunset Point.
The Horton Fire consists of four separate wildfires that are burning in proximity and all located within the Wallow Fire scar, fire officials said.
The Bear Fire has forced authorities to close a portion of US 191 between mileposts 201 and 225 near Alpine, fire officials said.
The Pinnacle Fire burning in east-central Arizona was ignited on June 10 on Pinnacle Ridge on the Coronado National Forest near the town of Klondyke, fire officials said.
Arizona Wildfire Season
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