Over 300,000 acres have burned across the state.

By Cailey Rizzo
June 22, 2020
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Hundreds of thousands of acres have burned in Arizona due to multiple wildfires across the state, prompting closures of state parks and highways.

The Bush Fire, mainly around Phoenix, Ariz. and surrounding areas, the fire has consumed more than 184,000 acres of land in the state's Tonto National Forest, making it the fifth-largest wildfire in Arizona history, according to azcentral.com. Several sections of the forest are closed until the end of July due to the blaze.

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Evacuation orders are in place for six communities. Another five are in “set” status, which means they could be told to evacuate at any moment. While the fire continues to burn, it has not yet caused damage to any structures. However, several highways in the area are closed as a precaution, according to the states's Department of Transportation.

It was recorded on Monday that just over 40 percent of the fire was contained.

The Bush Fire is only one of several wildfires that are currently burning up the state of Arizona.

The Magnum Fire near the Grand Canyon’s North Rim has burned 69,277 acres of land and is only 28 percent contained. Almost 700 firefighters are working to combat the blaze.

Bighorn Fire has burned more than 51,000 acres of land and is only 16 percent contained, as of Monday morning, according to local fire service. A lightning strike started the fire on June 5 in the Catalina Mountains of Coronado National Forest, northwest of Tucson. Catalina State Park and several popular trails in the area are closed as the fire moves closer to communities.

Central Fire is estimated to have burned 3,956 acres of land and is not contained, the state fire service reported Monday morning.

The weather is unlikely to provide any relief anytime soon.

"There is no rain in sight in Arizona, and it will only heat up more next week.” according to Jonathan Erdam, senior meteorologist at The Weather Channel. "Arizona's monsoon thunderstorms usually kick into gear in July. It appears we'll have to wait until the calendar turns for that, unfortunately."

Above-normal temperatures are expected to continue through at least Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. Highs in Tucson could approach 110 degrees Fahrenheit this week.