Dry Monsoon Leaves Flagstaff Area At Heightened Risk For Fires

By Nakiesha Johnson
Published: Monday, August 19, 2019 - 5:05am

This monsoon has been one of the driest in Arizona history.

Flagstaff has received just over an inch of rain. The lack of precipitation leaves the area at heightened risk for wildfires.

 Meteorologist Darren McCollum is with the National Weather Service in Flagstaff. 

"And as we head into fall and we start picking up more wind, if we stay in this dry pattern that could result in a heightened fire danger moving forward. There is no doubt about that if we continue these hot, dry temperatures," McCollum said. 

In a typical monsoon, Flagstaff has usually received 4 to 5 inches of rain by mid-August.

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