Arizona declares state of emergency for wildfire

Washington, May 2: The US state of Arizona has declared a state of emergency over a wildfire which has burned 11,420 acres with zero per cent containment since it began on April 27. “I’m issuing today’s declaration to ensure that they have the necessary resources to protect the lives, pets and property of Arizonans,” Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said. The “Tinder Fire” burning near Flagstaff was caused by an abandoned illegal campfire on April 27, CNN quoted the Coconino National Forest authorities as saying on Tuesday. The area has been under stage two restrictions — which totally prohibits campfires — since Tuesday. (IANS)