Arizona fire season expectations and wildfire updatesPosted: Updated:
It looks like Arizona's wet winter will be a mixed blessing for the fire season.
Firefighters expect light to moderate wildfire activity in the forests because big logs on the ground are still saturated from the snow, but the rain means there's a lot more ground cover that's beginning to dry up. So, they expect severe fires in grasslands and deserts at lower elevations.
There is good news on a couple of area wildfires. Calmer winds Monday allowed crews to get an upper hand on both the South Fork fire near the New Mexico state line and the Hunter fire near Sierra Vista. The National Forest Service says the South Fork and the Hunter fires are both 90% contained.