They’re fighting fire with fire in the battle to knock out the Kearny River Fire.  The brush fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon has grown to eleven-hundred acres and is about 25 percent contained.  Salt Cedar trees burning at the Gila River bottom are explosive and keeping the inferno alive.  Kevin Bailey

with the State Forestry Department says back-burns are being conducted to reinforce containment lines and keep flames from igniting nearby homes.  Firefighters are taking a beating, not only dealing with the heat of the wildfire, but the sweltering heat of temperatures reaching 115 degrees.  Incident Commander Kenny Gaynor says this inferno is “designed for disaster” due to the volatile fuel of the Salt Cedar trees and the dry heat.  He says this part of the country at this time of year is the hottest, driest place in the country, even “in the world because of the weather.”  Of the 300 or so residents evacuated, most have ben allowed to return to home. 

 

Kris Dugan

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