Firefighters try to contain Arizona wildfire

June 7th, 2011 - 7:38 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Arizona, June 7 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Firefighters are in a race against time to contain one of the state’s worse fire disasters in history. The fire is threatening to spill over into neighboring New Mexico. Authorities in New Mexico are currently testing the air in the state to see the next precautionary action to take, the state officials announced on Tuesday.

Already the smoke from the fire has caused some flights to be diverted in a bid to avert any disaster. Flights affected are those from Seattle, Houston, California and Salt Lake City. Airport officials in Arizona released a statement on Monday saying, “The Sunport is open, but the decision to land is at the individual airlines’ discretion.”

The wildfires are proving very difficult for the authorities to contain. The state have already ordered mandatory evacuation giving residents minimal time to take their belongings. The fire have so far engulfed and destroyed properties in 233,552 acres in the state.

The fire is being fuelled by humidity condition and the strong winds since it started on the 8th of May. Firefighters have been overwhelmed by the size and the unpredictability of the fires thanks mainly to the weather condition.

It is currently estimated that the fire is the fourth worse in the history of Arizona.

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