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Dry, hot conditions in metro Phoenix spike fire danger

PHOENIX -- After the Valley reached triple-digit temperatures last weekend, wind gusts of 35 mph and single-digit humidity will ramp up fire danger.

Meteorologist Gary Woodall with the National Weather Service said the areas of concern are Anthem, New River, Carefree, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, east Mesa and Apache Junction. Canyons and passes throughout southern Gila County may also be susceptible to strong winds.

"If a fire starts the conditions are favorable for the fire to spread quickly. People need to be cautious about fire," Woodall said. "This time of year is our prime fire season. The temperatures are climbing and there's no moisture in the air."

About half of the state is under red flag fire-danger warnings, including Flagstaff, Payson, Prescott, Tucson and Yuma.

California is already battling blazes.

About the Author

Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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