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Arizona wildfires force hundreds of evacuations amid COVID-19 spike

Arizona faces a major wildfire and coronavirus cases all at once

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A portion of the Bush fire burns through the Tonto National Forest, Tuesday, June 16, 2020, as seen from Apache Junction, Ariz.

A portion of the Bush fire burns through the Tonto National Forest, Tuesday, June 16, 2020, as seen from Apache Junction, Ariz.

Matt York, Associated Press

Arizona has seen wildfires blaze across its state, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate their home as the state battles a recent spike in COVID-19 cases.

What’s happening:

  • Arizonahas seen the Bush Fire — which is burning about 30 miles northeast of Phoenix — stretch across 64,000 acres of land on Saturday, according to Arizona fire officials.
  • The Bush Fire is the largest active burning fire in the U.S. right now, per ABC-15.
  • Arizona fire officials said: “Danger in these areas is imminent and life threatening.”
  • Firefighters have to battle winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour, along with the dry summer heat. Temperatures could climb more than 100 degrees,  Dee Hines, a fire agency spokesman, told The New York Times.
  • Close to 1,600 people who live east of the fire were asked to leave their community.
  • The New York Times said: “Those ordered to evacuate face the challenges of relocating amid a statewide spike in coronavirus cases.”

Arizona sees spike in COVID-19 cases

  • Arizona has joined Florida and Texas as one of three states that have recently set new daily records in coronavirus cases, according to CNN. Arizona reached a new high on Tuesday.
  • Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday that the state will not add any new restrictions for Arizona’s residents despite the recent rise in COVID-19 cases. Wearing a mask hasn’t been required by the governor, either.