Travel Photo Thursday | Springerville, Arizona Fires

Travel Photo Thursday | Springerville, Arizona Fires

Today’s photo is actually a picture gallery of the smoke emanating from the fires near Springerville, Arizona.  I was leaving Phoenix after spending a long weekend in the incredibly beautiful city of Sedona and caught the following while up in the air.  Undoubtedly, it’s the handiwork of some knucklehead who failed to put out a campfire and it’s sad that lives and property are at stake as a result.

As I understand it, more than 600 sq miles are burning in what is the second largest fire in the state’s history.  The fire started on May 29th and the pictures were taken on June 8th.  There are over 2400 firefighters from all over the country trying to contain it.   The billowing smoke that you see in the pics has spread as far as the state of Iowa!





Renee King
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  • Laurel
    Posted at 12:24h, 28 July Reply

    So sad to see the devastation that one person can cause. Thanks for sharing and as a reminder to everyone.

  • InsideJourneys
    Posted at 01:04h, 29 July Reply

    Can’t imagine what it must be like for people in Arizona — all that smoke.
    Thanks for sharing your photos and giving us a glimpse of what it’s like from the air.

  • Barbara
    Posted at 11:39h, 29 July Reply

    I just got back from Langkawi in Malaysia. It’s hazy all the time from pit fires lit by Indonesian farmers clearing their land. We got back to Singapore to find it equally hazy. There’s now a hazy “season” in Asia from the land clearing. It makes my sinuses go beserk and it makes my heart so heavy to think of the destruction.

  • Christy
    Posted at 15:51h, 29 July Reply

    That’s so scary and sad. Did they confirm the cause of the fire was from a campfire? Wow.

  • Scott - Quirky Travel Guy
    Posted at 19:50h, 29 July Reply

    Hmm, I thought most forest fires started naturally? Either way it stinks when it happens close to towns! Containing one sounds like so much work.

  • Grace
    Posted at 11:16h, 30 July Reply

    That’s a big chunk of land on fire! I can’t believe campers aren’t more careful about their fires.

  • Sophie
    Posted at 09:15h, 31 July Reply

    Evocative photos. Sorry to hear about the fire, Renee.

  • Bob Crunch
    Posted at 11:07h, 03 August Reply

    Great picture but nevertheless a very terrible situation.

  • Cathy Sweeney
    Posted at 15:06h, 03 August Reply

    Such a tragedy, these fires. And to know they’re started so foolishly makes it even worse. You hit a sweet spot of mine with the photo of the fire truck — my dad was a Chicago fireman for 26 years. Always have a lot of respect for those brave folks!

  • candice michelle
    Posted at 05:14h, 07 May Reply

    So sad to see this picture and know this another devastating tragedy. Hoping for their immediate recovery.

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