Western wildfires spread through California and Arizona as drought furthers extreme fire conditions
June 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Multiple wildfires prompted evacuations in California and Arizona over the weekend after quickly charring more than 1,500 acres of land.
According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 833,479 acres have burned across the US in 26,833 fires from January 1 until June 11, compared to the same time period last year when 658,069 acres were scorched in 20,731 fires.
A wildfire south of Flagstaff that quickly grew to 1,000 acres prompted evacuations Sunday in one subdivision, a tweet from Arizona State Forestry said Sunday.
Arizona has already seen two massive fires - the Telegraph and Mescal Fires - burn more than 160,000 acres, according to Inciweb.
Three new fires sparked in California Sunday, according to Cal Fire - including the Flats Fire in San Bernardino County that grew to 400 acres in a few hours.
The cities of Phoenix and Las Vegas could break their all time June warm temperature records, according to CNN Meteorologist Michael Guy. Las Vegas and other cities could break their all time heat records Guy explained, adding that "this could be the week Las Vegas is the warmest ever recorded. "
The hottest temperature ever recorded for Phoenix in June is 122 in 1990, according to Guy. As the heat hits its peak on Thursday for most of the region, more than 250 heat records could be tied or fall through Friday across the West, he said.