Dry desert and southern Arizonans thirsting for rain amid wildfire season

Dry desert and southern Arizonans thirsting for rain amid wildfire season

BISBEE, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The dry brush around Southern Arizona makes it clear.The area is thirsting for some rain and so are the people nearby, who are itching to grab their umbrellas.
A haze hung over the Mule Mountains just outside of Bisbee on Saturday afternoon.
Monsoon is looming.

"So everyone's celebrating," Andrea Doubleday said with a smile. The Bisbee resident welcomed the thought of rain in the forecast.

After living in Bisbee for 15 years, she has seen several wildfires ravage nearby. "They're scary. The Huachuca Fire was big. One was over the tunnel that was very scary. There was another in the hills in the back of us," she said.

That includes the most recent Judd Fire that burned thousands of acres in the mountains.
With some showers predicted for Southern Arizona, the question up in the air is -- will it be enough to put a damper on our current wildfire season?

John Cambra, ,a firefighter with the Elfrida Fire District helped Tucson News Now answer the question.
He said, "If it's not substantial, it won't help."

To Cambra, 'substantial' means moisture on the ground for at least 24 hours.He said it should be enough to quench the thirst of the dry fuels.
In recent years, he's noticed a trend. Southern Arizonans may not see a good downpour until July.

Yet the hope still remains. Doubleday will continue to long for the sounds of rain to fill the currently empty drainage ditch next to her home. She said during monsoon water flows side to side within it, "It's so rare to live by a brook in the middle of the desert. It's a treat."

It's a treat she's eager to welcome back for another season.
"The chaos, the streets turn to rivers. It's so rare I think."


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