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Risk Of Catastrophic Arizona Megafire Grows
The Rattlesnake Fire in Eastern Arizona has charred more than 23,000 acres — signaling an early start to the state’s wildfire season. Meanwhile, the Tinder Fire is burning about 40 miles north of Payson.
Considering our long-term drought and an especially dry winter, the risk is growing for a catastrophic megafire in the summer. Red flag warnings are already in effect, meaning conditions are ripe for fires in many areas of the state.
For a broader look, The Show talked with Stephen Pyne, wildfire historian and Arizona State University professor.