Before Your Vacation, Get the Latest on Arizona Wildfires
June 13, 2017 at 2:35 pm
The Bear Fire burns in the Coconino National Forest in early June. The lightning-caused wildfire was being managed and allowed to play its natural role in the forest. | Courtesy of Coconino National Forest
It's wildfire season in Arizona, and already this year, the state has seen several major blazes. No part of Arizona is immune to wildfire, so before you head out of town, you'll want to see where fires are burning and how they might affect your vacation.
For that, we recommend InciWeb, a website that's a collaborative effort of several federal agencies — including the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service. Information on wildfires across the country is posted on the site and updated daily (and sometimes multiple times a day), and on the Arizona section of the site, you can get information on all the fires burning in the state.
Each incident report includes what type of fire it is (a wildfire or a prescribed burn), how it was caused, when it started and how many acres it has burned. There's also information on containment and how many firefighters are battling the fire, along with planned management activities and upcoming weather concerns. If any roads, campgrounds or other facilities are closed as a result of the fire, or if any evacuations have been ordered, those are listed as well. Larger fires include an interactive map of the fire perimeter.
Each incident also has its own Twitter feed, so you can add it to your own Twitter and stay updated there as well.
We hope you find this information helpful when planning or preparing for your next road trip. Stay safe out there — and remember to avoid starting a wildfire yourself by adhering to the Leave No Trace principles of fire safety.