Arizona in Flames, But Firefighers May Catch a Break

By: CNN -- John Lisk Email
By: CNN -- John Lisk Email

As a giant wildfire rages on in Arizona. Fire officials say they are making some headway in fighting the 389,000 acre blaze. On Thursday, the fire came close to damaging crucial transmission lines that supply power to thousands.

Since the so-called "Wallow Fire" began in Arizona May 29th, crews have worked around the clock to fight the growing blaze.
We are not going to be out of here any time soon. There is a lot of work to do.

Thursday brought the threat of the blaze reaching power and communication lines, knocking out service to potentially 400-thousand people.

Jim Whittington of the Southwest Interagency Incident Management Team says:

"We have a power line going down into Alpine and that's looking real good. Navopache went in and started repairing that line and replacing the burnt poles. So we're in good shape in terms of power lines."

Fire officials say Thursday's favorable weather conditions helped them reach five-percent containment.

But winds are expected to pick up again over the weekend.

"Every minute, every second that we have now and when those winds hit on Saturday afternoon, we've really got to be doing work."

Arizona's Governor spoke with President Obama Thursday about the wildfires.

She says the President pledged full federal resources to help in the fight.


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