School Canyon wildfire fighters get help from storm

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School Canyon wildfire fighters get help from storm

CREATED May. 9, 2012

Meteorologist: Aaron Brackett

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, AZ (KGUN9-TV) - Wednesday's wild weather played a big role in fire fighting efforts along the border.

The School Canyon Fire near the border that set nearly 8,000 acres ablaze is almost under control thanks to a heavy soaking by mother nature. Firefighters continue to fight the blaze and as of Wednesday morning, they had one wish - rain.

"If the storm brought rain, that would help us out a great deal," said Heidi Schewel of  the Coronado National Forest. "The relative humidity is over 50% near the fire and that is helping us out right now, should we see dry lightning, that could give us new ignitions which would provide new challenges," she added.

Yesterday, smoke and flames could be seen as the blaze raged, but overnight, firefighters gained an upperhand on the situation that would later be aided by the midweek rainstorm.

The storm brought rain and dime sized hail to Santa Cruz county, perfect timing for those fighting the school canyon wildfire.

"The level of fire activity is low right now, we are hoping the winds wont bring us any challenges.on any fire, wind can really whip things up and move them around, added Schewel. "If the storm brought rain, that would help us out a great deal."



 

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