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Monday, May 14, 2012

InciWeb--your source for wildfire updates

Mazatzal Mountains south of Payson
We all knew this was coming---wildfire season.  With 5 blazes already in progress on our public lands, my head is spinning.  Some of these fires will actually do some good for forest health, others, not so much.
Right now it appears that the Sunflower Fire is the one closest to a major hiking trail---the Saddle Mountain and Mazatzal Divide passages of the Arizona Trail.  It's burning west of AZ 87 north of Mount Ord and south of Mazatzal Peak.  If you hiked in there, you know how remote it is---and, back in 2005, the Cave Creek Complex Fire also torched parts of this same area. Moving forward---its always a good idea to check for wildfire activity before heading out on a summer hike.  InciWeb is an excellent resource with maps and is updated frequently.
Here's the link to the Sunflower Fire:  http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2861/
Here's the link for ALL current AZ fires:
http://www.inciweb.org/state/3/

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