May 21, 2014 10:58 PM by Marissa Esquivel
ARIZONA - Fire season is in full swing with a total of eight wildfires burning in the state right now.
Two of the fires are burning in Arizona's tourist areas. The fire near Slide Rock State Park has caused a road closure between Sedona and Flagstaff. The wildfire is estimated at 7 square miles and windy conditions have grounded air tankers that were fighting the blaze.
The Skunk Fire is currently about 44 percent contained and has burned 31,167 acres. It is east of Globe, moving in a northwesterly direction.
The Badger Springs fire started burning Tuesday near milepost marker 255 on I-17, near the Badger Springs Exit. It closed down traffic in both directions for a time. The fire started by a vehicle fire in the southbound lanes, it burned into the median and headed east into the Agua Fria National Monument.
The fire burned 487 acres near the Sunset Point Rest Area. Firefighters are on scene mopping up residual interior hot spots and some smoke may still be visible from I-17.
On Wednesday, the Research fire was caused when a pickup truck caught fire in the area of the Sonoita- Elgin Fire Department district. The fire has burned 450 acres and is 30 percent contained as of Wednesday night.
8 engines, 2 SEATS, and 1 short handcrew are assigned to the fire. 5 additional engines are on order.
A fire reported Wednesday morning near Woods Canyon Lake has consumed about 150 acres east of Payson, according to a U.S. Forest Service statement.