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Published June 26, 2013
Southwest Fire Summary(data through June 20)
Data Source(s): Southwest Coordination Center
Dry conditions across Arizona and New Mexico since October 1 have set the stage for another active fire season. However, only 12 fires in Arizona and six in New Mexico have burned more than 100 acres between January 1 and June 20 (Figures 8a–c). The total number of acres burned in each state is also below its median. In Arizona, only 42,385 acres had burned through June 20—the median number of acres burned over the 2000-2012 for the January–June period is about 130,000. About 70,000 acres had burned in New Mexico as of June 20; the median in New Mexico during the 2000¬–2012 period is about 286,000 acres. More fire and acres burned will likely occur in coming weeks before the monsoon begins in earnest. More fires and scorched acreage are expected, as the fire season peaks in June; monsoon rains help quell fires in July, August, and September.
As of June 20, four fires were burning in Arizona, the largest of which is the Fourmile fire. It has burned about 14,255 acres as of June 20, mostly in grasslands near Morenci in eastern Arizona. The largest fire in New Mexico is the Silver fire, which has charred about 30,000 acres in the Gila National Forest near Silver City. Significant fire potential is expected to remain above normal until early July in southern portions of Arizona and New Mexico and mid-July in northern regions of Arizona (see page 15).Notes:
The fires discussed here have been reported by federal, state, or tribal agencies during 2013. The figures include information both for current fires and for fires that have been suppressed. The top figure shows a table of year-to-date fire information for Arizona and New Mexico. Prescribed burns are not included in these numbers. The bottom two figures indicate the approximate locations of past and present “large” wildland fires in Arizona and in New Mexico. A “large” fire is defined as a blaze covering 100 acres or more in timber or 300 acres or more in grass or brush. The name of each current fire is provided next to the symbol.
Data of year-to-date fires greater than 100 acres:
Map of year-to-date fires greater than 100 acres:
Southwest Climate Outlook Staff
- Michael Crimmins, UA Extension Specialist
- Stephanie Doster, Institute of the Environment Editor
- Gregg Garfin, Founding Editor, Institute of the Environment
- Zack Guido, Managing Editor, CLIMAS Associate Staff Scientist
- Nancy J. Selover, Arizona State Climatologist
- Jessica Dollin, CLIMAS Publications Assistant
- Dave Dubois, New Mexico State Climatologist
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