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    My state is on serious fire.

    They started a voluntary evacuation of here

    And this is the view from the ski basin
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    ah! I move to arizona at the end of july! do these fires reach cities that often? and do they end at a time of year? or are they like through july?
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    That's scary, be safe!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Georgeo0 View Post
    ah! I move to arizona at the end of july! do these fires reach cities that often? and do they end at a time of year? or are they like through july?

    It depends. Where are you moving too? I have been on four wildland fires this year alone. All four times we have been assigned to structure protection. All of the areas I was in was heavily wooded and somewhat off the grid (so to speak). Think little breakaway communities out in the wilderness. 99% of the time, when the home owners took a proactive approach to protection (foliage cleared in a 100ft radius of structures, removal of ladder fuel, asphalt/metal roofing), the homes survived with little to no damage. If you are moving to an urban area like Phoenix or Tucson, you will not be affected by wildfire.

    Wildfire season here usually starts around April and ends when monsoon season begins (around the Fourth of July).

    If you are moving to Phoenix or Tucson, your main concern will be monsoons and flash flooding. I have been on countless swift water rescues involving motorists who tried to cross flowing flood tributaries (called "washes" here). In fact, there is a "stupid motorist law": [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stupid_Motorist_Law"]Stupid Motorist Law - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:Wiki_letter_w.svg" class="image"><img alt="Wiki letter w.svg" src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/6c/Wiki_letter_w.svg/40px-Wiki_letter_w.svg.png"@@AMEPARAM@@commons/thumb/6/6c/Wiki_letter_w.svg/40px-Wiki_letter_w.svg.png[/ame]

    If you are moving to the Flagstaff area, I would be more concerned with snowfall. Every year there are a few roof collapses with the major snowfall they receive.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Georgeo0 View Post
    ah! I move to arizona at the end of july! do these fires reach cities that often? and do they end at a time of year? or are they like through july?
    What part of AZ? I dont even usually know about them in Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria, pretty much the metropolitan area doesnt see them, only people who live up north usually get them =p
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    hey! thanks for all the info! but i'll be moving to Mesa, which is right outside Phoenix. that stupid motorist law is funny though haha. So then in my area i'll just have to worry bout some small flash floods?
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    Here is what I tell friends visiting during monsoon season: if a wash is running, pull over. Wait for a car smaller than yours to drive through. If it makes it, go for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhombus_77 View Post
    Here is what I tell friends visiting during monsoon season: if a wash is running, pull over. Wait for a car smaller than yours to drive through. If it makes it, go for it.
    lol ok, i mean i wont have a car while im down there. but still good advice
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    Quote Originally Posted by Georgeo0 View Post
    ah! I move to arizona at the end of july! do these fires reach cities that often? and do they end at a time of year? or are they like through july?
    I'm in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We are in the middle of a major drought here and the March and April wind storms are still going... pushing the fire hard.

    Monsoon season should have already started, so we'll see about that here. Hopefully we'll see some rain soon.

    This morning when I woke up everything was covered in a layer of ash.
    Hoping that the labs in Los Alamos are cleared of everything scary. The possibility of a burning weapons lab is the scariest part of this.

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/06...amos_wildfire/
    all "hazardous and radioactive materials" are accounted for and protected, as are key facilities such as LANL' s proton accelerator and supercomputing centers

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