PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey planned Thursday to visit south-central Arizona where crews supported by aircraft are working to keep two wildfires out of Globe and several other communities in Gila and Pinal counties.
Ducey planned to take an aerial tour of the two fires, be briefed by fire officials and visit a Red Cross shelter for evacuees before holding a press conference, his office said.
Ducey on Wednesday issued an emergency declaration for the two fires. The declaration will make up to $400,000 available for response efforts.
Crews increased containment of one fire burning near Superior and Miami to 34% of its perimeter as of Wednesday night. Containment of the other fire southeast of Globe was at 23%.
Between them, the fires had burned 242 square mile (627 square kilometers) as of Wednesday night.