Video recorded from an airplane shows the massive scale of the Pipeline Fire near Flagstaff, Arizona. The footage was recorded on June 14 by Kevin Grant flying from Las Vegas, Nevada to Charlotte, North Carolina, and released by Storyful.
The video shows a huge plume of smoke covering swathes of land below.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued a state of emergency on June 16. He said the fire has covered 24,800 acres and more than 740 firefighters are trying to get it under control.
“As state and local firefighters work to contain the fire, our office will ensure that emergency workers have the resources to respond and recover from the scars of the fire. We will continue to work with our partners on the ground to provide all necessary support. to mitigate the fire and protect people, pets and property,” Ducey said in the statement.
According to CNNofficials are discussing the possibility of closing the Coconino National Forest to the public, citing concerns about the fire threat, current weather patterns and prolonged drought conditions.
The pipeline fire was reportedly started by a 57-year-old man on Sunday who was burning toilet paper in the area, a BBC report said. The man said he was unaware of local fire restrictions.
The fire spread faster due to a tornado formed by the smoke. O BBC said that more than hundreds of homes were evacuated due to the Pipeline Fire.
Less than two months ago, hundreds of families in Flagstaff were forced to evacuate due to the tunnel fire. The fire, which started on April 17, burned about 19,000 acres, according to local media.