Having grown up in California I am used to uncontrolled fires but this one is a monster and the threat appears to be greater than one might expect in sparsely populated Arizona.
This tell me we need more assets to be able to deal with this type of situation. Air tankers ar the answer but they cost a fortune and spand much of the year just setting at some airport being useless.
I would like to see a lot of military surplus aircraft being converted, to save lives property, and economies because we can spend money to save money by putting these fires of faster.
Arizona Wildfire Forces Evacuations as Texas, New Mexico Face Power Outages - FoxNews.com
SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. – A raging forest fire in eastern Arizona that already forced thousands from their homes headed Wednesday for a pair of transmission lines that supply electricity to hundreds of thousands of people as far east as Texas.
The 607-square-mile blaze is expected to reach the power lines as early as Friday. If the lines are damaged, parts of New Mexico and Texas could face rolling blackouts.
Meanwhile, an Arizona sheriff ordered remaining residents of two towns in the path of the wildfire to evacuate by Wednesday evening. About 7,000 people live in Springerville and Eagar and surrounding areas, although many already have left.