While floods are affecting parts of the Western United States, wildfires are raging in Arizona, California, and New Mexico. In Arizona, the Pipeline fire is inching closer to Flagstaff and the Arizona Snowbowl. The Pipeline fire is 0% contained and has grown to at least 5000 acres. According to KNOE 8 News, the cause of the Pipeline is likely due to someone lighting up some toilet paper on fire while camping, and putting it under a rock. The individual apparently didn’t see the “no campfire” signs and was recently arrested. Yesterday, the Arizona Snowbowl announced that the ski resort will be closed until further notice. While the ski resort said it’s not a direct threat to the mountain, the wildfire being 0% contained should raise eyebrows. This is not the first time this year that we’ve heard of a wildfire inching closer to a ski resort, and it likely won’t be the last.
Due to the evacuation order issued by local emergency services and the current forest closure issued by the Coconino National Forest Service, Snowbowl will be temporarily closed until further notice. For updates please visit https://t.co/ktuCcCrqET pic.twitter.com/CVVPLSUufd
— Arizona Snowbowl Updates (@AZSBUpdates) June 14, 2022
EXTREME FIRE BEHAVIOR early in the day on the Pipleline fire. This is some of the most extreme fire behavior you will see. The massive energy release here is stunning. Thanks to the Substack subscriber who sent this in. #PipelineFire #flagstaff #azwx #wildlife #arizona #Fire pic.twitter.com/5xCdLZQpC3
— TheHotshotWakeUp (@HotshotWake) June 13, 2022
Pipeline fire, flagstaff Arizona pic.twitter.com/pesjA7Zs7y
— russd2 (@russdussell) June 14, 2022