May 19, 2012
With two large fires burning, one to the southwest and one to the East, and the rest of the area in extremely dry conditions, Verde Valley residents can expect to see a plumes of smoke one direction or the other for the next few months. Courtesy NAU/ERI
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"It's an early start for us," says Don Muise, deputy fire staff officer for the Coconino National Forest, "June is typically our critical month, but we are starting to get into critical conditions already,"