CNN By Aya Elamroussi and Andy Rose 6/9/2021
The area around Arizona's wildfires is so dry, firefighters' heavy equipment is causing small flareups
The area near where two large wildfires have been growing for days in eastern Arizona is so dry that firefighters trying to tame the blaze have started fires sparked by their own equipment, officials said Tuesday.
The Telegraph Fire has burned more than 76,000 acres and the Mescal Fire has scorched more than 65,000 acres, according to the Interagency Incident Information Center.
"Even our own fire equipment is starting fires," said Dean McAlister, a fire information officer. "The blades and the tracks of the (heavy equipment) sparking against the fuels have actually created some fires along the fire line."