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Forest closures prevented wildfire damage in Arizona
10/5/2018 5:09:23 PM



CATEGORIES:
Fire
Relief, Response & Restrictions
AFFECTED AREAS:
Arizona
Apache County, AZ
Cochise County, AZ
Coconino County, AZ
Gila County, AZ
Graham County, AZ
Greenlee County, AZ
La Paz County, AZ
Maricopa County, AZ
Mohave County, AZ
Navajo County, AZ
Pima County, AZ
Pinal County, AZ
Santa Cruz County, AZ
Yavapai County, AZ
Yuma County, AZ

Start Date: 5/1/2018 - End Date: 7/31/2018
Arizona fire officials felt good about their decision to close state and federal forests starting in May when the fire danger was unusually high, due to an historically dry winter, intense drought and an abundance of dry grasses ready to burn. In 2018, only 156,317 acres of state land burned, compared to 412,746 acres in 2017. Forests reopened in July after the monsoon season began. Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix (Ariz.), Oct. 4, 2018
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