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Terrain, shifting winds hurt Arizona fire efforts

Dixiedrifter Wrote: Jul 01, 2013 10:05 PM
This is a very sad event, my heart goes out to those who lost loved ones. Let's learn from this experience so as to minimize the possibility of something of this nature happening in the near future. The average age of these young men was but twenty-two years old, certainly a wealth of life's experiences wasn't on their side. Hopefully we can begin to understand the circumstances surrounding this horrific event and prepare accordingly for the next situation - as there will be one....

YARNELL, Ariz. (AP) — The wildfire that killed 19 firefighters came at the start of Arizona's monsoon season — a weather phenomenon that brings lightning strikes, gusty winds, dust storms and sometimes rain to the state during the summer months.

The winds that helped fuel the fire were highly unpredictable and contributed to the rapidly shifting nature of the blaze.

Arizona's monsoon season began on June 15, but didn't produce many storms until this past weekend. Unlike the flash-flood-producing storms late in the summer, the early monsoon storms typically have plenty of lightning and wind, but often have little rain.

The rain-less storms combined...