Arizona experiences one of the worst fire seasons in nearly a decade driven by a multitude of factors, including unseasonably warm conditions, a lack of moisture, an overabundance of fine fuels, and increased recreational traffic across the state.
In 2020, 2,520 wildfires burned 978,519 acres of state, federal, and tribal lands. Of those fires, wildland fire investigators say 82% were human-caused. As compared to 2019, 1,869 wildfires burned 384,942 acres on all land jurisdictions. In 2018, 2,000 wildfires burned an estimated 165,000 acres.