The blaze burning in a canyon between Sedona and Flagstaff has dramatically increased in size, serving as a reminder of the dangers facing Arizona amid a drought that has left its forests tinder-dry.
According to a Facebook page launched by authorities to keep the public informed, the fire grew to 4,830 acres Thursday morning, and erratic and gusty winds grounded air tankers that were brought in to fight the fire. Authorities warned about 3,200 residents in two communities between Sedona and Flagstaff that they need to be ready to evacuate if the fire makes another advance.
There is currently no containment on the blaze.
"It's pretty bad, we're all ready," said Ken Patrick, a Flagstaff city worker whose home was among those threatened by the fire. "I don't know if we're going to wait for them to tell us to get out of here. It's a no-brainer."