Az fires

Major Fires in Arizona (1990-2013)

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    Fires in Arizona

  • Dude Fire (Coconino County)

    Dude Fire (Coconino County)
    Description: Large fire on the Mogollon Rim that burned for 10 days. It was Arizona’s worst forest fire in history at the time. Cause: Lightning
    Size: 28,000 Acres
  • Rio Fire (Maricopa County)

    Rio Fire (Maricopa County)
    Description: Fast moving brush fire blackened 36 square miles of desert landscape, including a large part of McDowell Mountain Regional Park and sections of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Cause: Lightning
    Size: 23,000 Acres
    Size: 23,000 Acres
  • Lone Fire (Maricopa County)

    Lone Fire (Maricopa County)
    Description:Largest fire in the history of the Tonto National Forest burns in the Four Peaks Wilderness. The state’s largest fire in 25 years. Cause: Human
    Size: 61,300 Acres
    Size: 61,300 Acres
  • Rodeo–Chediski Fire (Coconino / Gila / Navajo County)

    Rodeo–Chediski Fire (Coconino / Gila / Navajo County)
    Description: The Rodeo fire was intentionally started by a seasonal firefighter looking for employment, the Chediski fire was started by a stranded driver trying to attract a news helicopter. Largest fire in Arizona history at the time. Cause: Human
    Size: 468,638 Acres
    Size: 468,638 Acres
  • Aspen Fire (Pima/Pinal County)

    Aspen Fire (Pima/Pinal County)
    Description: Fire on Mount Lemmon in the Santa Catalina Mountains burns through the town of Summerhaven, Arizona destroying 325 of 340 structures. Cause: Human
    Size: 84,750 Acres
    Size: 84,750 Acres
  • Willow Fire (Gila County)

    Willow Fire (Gila County)
    Description: Large fire southwest of Payson, Arizona in the Mazatzal Wilderness. Cause: Lightning
    Size: 119,500
  • Cave Creek Complex Fire (Maricopa / Yavapai County)

    Cave Creek Complex Fire (Maricopa / Yavapai County)
    Description: Two lightning caused fires merge to create the third largest wildfire in Arizona history. Fire destroyed the historic Cave Creek Mistress Mine, and likely lead to the death of the largest recorded saguaro cactus. Cause: Lightning
    Size: 243,950 Acres
    Size: 243,950 Acres
  • Horshoe 2 Fire (Cochise County)

    Horshoe 2 Fire (Cochise County)
    Description: Fifth largest fire in Arizona History burned the southeast flank of the Chiricahua Mountains in the Coronado National Forest. Cause: Human
    Size: 222,954 Acres
  • Monument Fire (Cochise County)

    Monument Fire (Cochise County)
    Description: Human caused fire burns through the Miller Wilderness in the Huachuca Mountains and into Sierra Vista, Arizona. Cause: Human
    Size: 30,526 Acres
  • Wallow Fire (Apache / Graham / Greenlee / Navajo County)

    Wallow Fire (Apache / Graham / Greenlee / Navajo County)
    Description: Largest fire in Arizona history burned 841 square miles of vegetation in the Apache National Forest near Alpine, Arizona. Cause: Human
    Size: 538,049 Acres
  • Gladiator Fire (Yavapai County)

    Gladiator Fire (Yavapai County)
    Description: Residential fire sparks large fire in the Prescott National Forest near Crown King, Arizona. Cause: Human
    Size: 16,240 Acres
  • Yarnell Hill Fire (Yavapai County)

    Yarnell Hill Fire (Yavapai County)
    Description: June 28 lightning started fire that grew rapidly due to high temperatures, low humidity and wind; near the town of Yarnell, about 85 miles NW of Phoenix; 19 firefighters killed; forced the closure of parts of state Route 89. Cause: Lightning
    Size: 8,500+ Acres
    Size: 8,500+ Acres