Arizona in for a "more normal" wildfire season

Arizona in for a "more normal" wildfire season

CREATED Apr. 12, 2012

Web Producer: Alexandra Sutter

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona State Forestry Division spokesman Cliff Pearlberg says he's anticipating a "more normal" fire season this year.
   
Arizona had its worst fire in history in 2011, the Wallow Fire that charred more than 840 square miles in the state and parts of New Mexico.
   
State officials say the strong winds that fanned the fire will be less of a factor this year.
   
But an abundance of grass in southern Arizona and drought, some of it severe, means an active season.
   
In some places, the fire season is already under way. Colorado had a deadly wildfire last month. Other Western states have reported hundreds of smaller fires.

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