Sunday, May 30, 2010

The burning season

It's fire season in southeastern Arizona, and our beloved Chiricahua Mountains are burning.

These are photos from the Horseshoe Fire, which was set---that's right, deliberately set---on Wednesday, May 26. By Thursday afternoon it had expanded into the South Fork watershed of Cave Creek Canyon; by this afternoon, it had grown to 1,400 acres.

Forest Service crews are working to contain it, but officials have warned that it may continue to burn until the summer rains begin.

The fire races toward a ridge.

A tanker helicopter refills at a pond.

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