More than 2,000 firefighters on Saturday battled three major wildfires burning in forested mountains and desert hills in national forests across Arizona.
A top-tier management team on Friday assumed command of firefighters battling Arizona's largest current wildfire, which continued to grow in east-central Arizona as crews worked to protect previously evacuated rural communities.
Sheriff’s deputies went door to door evacuating more residents Thursday from the Santa Catalina Mountains overlooking Tucson as a wildfire, one of several in Arizona, continued to grow.
Arizona's largest wildfire continued to grow as firefighters ignited backburns to eliminate potential fuel for the fire and protect structures in rural areas in the Tonto National Forest northeast of metro Phoenix.
Firefighters battling large wildfires across Arizona contended with wind-driven runs of flames across rugged terrain amid hot and dry weather.
Firefighters across Arizona were working to gain ground against massive wildfires that led to surrounding communities evacuating.
The fire is one of several burning across the state amid hot, dry and windy conditions.
The Mangum Fire near the Grand Canyon torched nearly 15,000 acres and was 2% contained as other wildfires continued burning across Arizona
Crews took advantage of cooler temperatures overnight to complete a burnout in advance of a wildfire to stop it from reaching homes near mountains near metro Tucson but the fire remained a threat to neighborhoods, officials said Saturday.
Hundreds of Arizona residents under an evacuation notice were allowed to return home Friday but were told to remain ready to leave at a moment's notice as a wildfire burns in a national forest near Tucson.