The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management has issued a “Red Flag” warning for western Arizona and parts of central Arizona which will be effective through midnight, Tuesday, Sept. 8. The department says fire danger is high for wildlands. La Paz is one of five counties that are affected. The others include Mohave, Yuma and Maricopa Counties, and much of northwestern Pinal County.
In addition to dry conditions that lead to wildfires, winds are picking up. These will spread any fires much more quickly.
“Under a RFW, wildfires can start very quickly and spread rapidly,” the department said in a Twitter message. “Do not burn and avoid using equipment that throws sparks.”
California and the West Coast has seen a lot of wildfires lately, and the Washington Post reports there are red flag warnings up and down the coast. There are also high wind alerts in California, as well as record high temperatures.
As of late Tuesday morning, Sept. 8, residents of Parker, Ariz. could see haze that came from smoke from the California fires. The temperature was in the upper 90s, with winds around 25 mph.