Arizona Wildfire Continues To Burn Out Of Control
More than 4,400 firefighters have worked to control the fire since it broke out late May. Today, firefighters are battling strong winds (30-35 mph) as the fire recently crossed into New Mexico. The winds could destroy all the progress firefighters have accomplished in recent days with light winds.
The fire, only six percent contained according to ABC News, has destroyed at least 29 homes. As of today, nearly 10,000 people are still evacuated with thousands of homes still in danger.
The second largest wildfire in Arizona history continues to be fought with some of the best technology firefighters can have. Air tankers, helicopters and fire engines from all over the region and country are on-scene. The firefighters on the ground, however, are the essential part of the team. CNN reports these men and women carry 25-35 pounds of gear and work 16-hour days with little to no rest. As of Friday, only three people had been injured in the blaze.
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