Arizona still prone to wildfires despite not being in severe drought

California continues to battle fires across many parts of the state during one of it’s worst droughts in history.

While here in Arizona, the few fires that have sparked have been easier to contain.

Though wild fires do happen in the desert southwest, accidental fires occur much more frequently.

Lori Cook  of the Bureau of Land Management says, “In this area, 99 percent of the fires that we have are human caused.”

She also say this region is still prone to wild fire, even though she says the area is not in a drought.

“Under the right conditions, we could have a wildfire out there and that’s the reason why it’s still high for wildfires to happen,” Cook says.

The Bureau of Land Management wants to remind the community to be fire safe.

This means making sure brush around the fire is at least 10 feet away, also completely putting out recreational fires.

– Max Tarlton



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Max Tarlton is an Emmy-nominated multimedia journalist currently reporting and producing for KYMA News 11. Max comes to Yuma from Chicago where he worked as a news writer for WGN News. He’s also a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Max is excited to be a part of the KYMA team. Catch him in action on “Sunrise” every morning at 6 a.m. If you have a story idea, don’t hesitate to reach out: or on twitter: @MaxTarlton

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