Sad, sad... hope those good people are successful.
Lightning sparks three new fires
Lightning sparked one fire on the White Mountain Apache reservation and two in the Prescott National Forest this weekend.
The Kinishba fire is burning five miles west of White River. It's between 1,200 and 1,500 acres at this point, and the flames are heading northeast. The blaze is about 3 1/2 miles long and nearly a mile wide.
Larry Humphrey's Type 1 Incident Team, the team that worked the early days of the Aspen fire near Tucson, has been called in and will take over handling the Kinishba fire Monday.
In the Prescott National Forest, two small fires are burning in the Big Bug Mesa area, which is southeast of Prescott.
The Breezy fire, which is less than an acre, is burning about 1/2 mile south of the Breezy Pines subdivision. Fire crews managed to line the fire before intense lightning forced them to leave the site.
The Palace Fire has consumed about four acres and is burning in chaparral vegetation two miles east of Palace Station. Firefighters expect to have that blaze contained Monday.
"Fortunately we received some precipitation with these thunderstorms," said Tom Tobin, Central West Zone Fire Coordination Center manager. "With the number of strikes we received, we could have had a lot more fires."
A fourth fire also started near Tucson this weekend, but it's not clear what sparked it. This as-yet unnamed fire is burning near Peppersauce Canyon, which is on the east side of Mount Bigelow. Engines and two helicopters were called out. That fire has burned between two and three acres.