many wildfires burning across the Southwest.
Large incident wildfires are currently burning in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and California. The high heat and tremendous winds are contributing to a rapid spread of these fires.
Hundreds of structures have been destroyed. Thousands of residents and visitors have been evacuated. And hundreds of wildland firefighters are battling these blazes.
The 2011 wildfire season burned 8.7 million acres - making it the 3rd most destructive wildfire season in the last 50 years. We all hope 2012 will not be a record-breaker. But instead of waiting to find out, prepare now by stocking up on essential wildland fire gear!