Rescuers continue to fight the human-caused forest fire, which has become one of the largest in Arizona history. Local authorities are concerned about the potential effects of flames on wildlife and water.
Bush Fire, which is currently the fifth largest in the region’s history, burned 186,086 acres in the Tonto National Forest, and today it is only 45% localized. Fire led to the evacuation of the entire Tonto basin. The fire is close to the critical habitat of two endangered species – the Mexican spotted owl and the northern hawk.
“This fire is not only great, but also developing rapidly. The animals are surrounded by canyons and cannot escape, ”said Amy Burnett, spokeswoman for the Arizona Fish Department, who works with the US Forest Service to monitor the effects of fire on wildlife.