Fire fighters, firefighters battling wildfires in Arizona

AZUSA, Ariz.

— Fire fighters are fighting fires in Arizona and elsewhere as temperatures plunge and wildfires spread.

Arizona Gov.

Doug Ducey on Monday declared a state of emergency, the first since a wildfire scorched parts of California in June.

More: Firefighters and emergency crews responded to more than 20 fires in the Arizona desert on Monday.

In the first 24 hours of the fire season, officials said, they had recovered more than 1,600 structures.

Aerial footage of a fire burning in a field near Arizona’s capital, Phoenix, on June 24, 2018.

The fire is the second to burn in Phoenix since June, and Duceys office has said it will continue to monitor the situation.

“This is an incredible opportunity for the firefighters and first responders who are in this fire fight,” Duceya said.

The state has about 1,300 firefighters on the ground and an additional 7,500 volunteers and members of the National Guard.

Firefighters were deployed to a rural Arizona town near the fire, where they began to fight a brush fire in a pasture and later worked to contain the blaze.

The wildfire has charred nearly 1,000 acres in about 30 minutes.

The blaze started in the city of Phoenix, where a fire that began in a car was caught in the brush and spread rapidly, according to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

A wildfire is defined as a wildfire that is within 100 miles of a major city and is fueled by lightning or natural resources.

There have been no reports of injuries from the blaze, the agency said.

Firefighters were not immediately available for comment.

Ducey said there were no reports the city had been destroyed.

Fire officials said crews were fighting two wildfires near the city.

There were no reported injuries.

The fire burned through brush and grass in the San Juan Mountains, a rugged area near the U.S.-Mexico border, prompting the evacuation of a nearby ranch, the state fire marshal said.

A small fire also broke out on the Arizona side of the border in the town of San Luis Potosi, which was also evacuated.

The fires, which burned across Arizona from New Mexico to the southern California desert, prompted officials to declare a state-wide state of disaster and to ban outdoor fires.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.