Arizona Wildfire May Hit Cell Phone, Power Grids
In Arizona, they’re planning for the possibility that the massive blaze will reach crucial transmission lines that supply power to thousands.
“There’s some power lines out there. There’s also some fiber-optic lines out there, and if it goes we lose all kinds of communication, including cell phones,” Jim Whittington, spokesman with the Southwest Interagency Incident Management team, told reporters in Springerville, Arizona.
The Wallow Fire, as the blaze is called, has scorched more than 386,000 acres, leaving a giant bear-paw-like burn mark on the map of eastern Arizona. The fire is about “half a mile from New Mexico in some places,” Whittington said.