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Few wildfires are burning in Arizona, but lack of monsoon rain sparks concern for new ones

By Tom Maxedon
Published: Friday, August 25, 2023 - 5:11pm
Updated: Friday, August 25, 2023 - 5:18pm

Smoke comes up in two places from a greenery covered hillside with cloudy sky
The Valentine Fire northeast of Young on Aug. 24, 2023.

Fewer than five wildfires are currently burning in the state, but there’s still concern about the potential for new ones to spark.

That’s according to Tiffany Davila, spokesperson for the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.  

“We really need ample rain, ample precipitation and increased relative humidity to help put an end to our fire season,” she said. 

The Valentine Fire in the Tonto National Forest is the most notable of those still burning, at about 10 acres.

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