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 who was flying from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Charlotte, North Carolina, and released by Storyful.
The video shows a huge plume of smoke covering stretches of land below.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey declared a state of emergency on June 16. He said the blaze has covered 24,800 acres and more than 740 firefighters are trying to control it.
“As state and local firefighters work to contain the blaze, our office will ensure emergency officials have the resources they need to respond and recover from the scars of the blaze. 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 UKTNofficials are discussing the possibility of closing the Coconino National Forest to the public, citing concerns about the threat of fire, current weather and prolonged drought conditions.
The pipeline fire was reportedly started on Sunday by a 57-year-old man who was burning toilet paper in the area, a UKTN says the report. The man said he was unaware of local fire restrictions.
The fire spread faster thanks to a tornado formed from smoke. The UKTN said more than hundreds of homes were evacuated due to the pipeline fire.
Less than two months ago, hundreds of households in Flagstaff were forced to evacuate due to the tunnel fire. The fire, which started on April 17, has scorched about 19,000 acres, according to local media.