PRESCOTT, Ariz. — Firefighters working on dousing a blaze burning in the Granite Mountain Wilderness of northern Arizona are bracing for another round of hot temperatures.
The heat wave continued across Arizona on Saturday as crews watched for any hot spots on the Doce Fire to flare up. The blaze is now 96 percent contained after charring more than 10 square miles northwest of Prescott, but fire managers say the added heat may help interior pockets of vegetation burn and smoke is likely.
They also warned of ash whirls, which are often mistaken for smoke and are created by a whirl wind with cool air pushing down while hot air lifts up and carrying ash with it.
Ash whirls can range anywhere from two feet to over 100 feet tall.
Officials estimate that it has cost $6,787,293 to date to fight the Doce fire, including 90 personnel. However, only one minor injury has been caused by the fire so far.
The Prescott National Forest emergency fire closure and Stage II fire restrictions remain in place.