Very few fires have occurred in the western US, forcing thousands of people to move out of their homes.
Three massive fires are burning around Flagstaff, Arizona, and all are under 0% control.
The pipeline fire was spotted Sunday morning just 6 miles north of Flagstaff. The Coconino National Forest Fire Service says the already blackened fire on 20,000 acres is still burning everywhere. More than 2,000 homes have been evacuated and 700 firefighters are battling the flames.
Fox 10 Phoenix reported that officers arrested a 57-year-old man. Federal arrest documents say he set fire to his used toilet paper near his campsite on Saturday and dumped it under a rock. The document continues, which states that the homeless man was camping in the forest.
The Haywire fire burns to the northeast of the pipeline fire. The fire on Monday had already burned 4,000 acres and is expected to merge into the double fire, which has burned over 500 acres since Sunday. Officials suspect lightning was caused by the storm a few days before the fire started.
The forecast shows 40- to 50-mph gusts of wind for the past few days, which may aid firefighters. Monsoon thunderstorms could make their way into Arizona for the weekend. Moisture will help, but lightning can start additional fires.
There is a possibility of a severe fire condition from southwest to central and south high plains on Tuesday.
The National Weather Service said a fire season warning is in effect for parts of southwestern Colorado and northern New Mexico, where conditions are expected to be favorable for easier ignition and rapid spread.
The Midnight Fire is currently burning in the Carson National Forest in New Mexico.
So far, the fire has burned about 5,000 acres of land and is 0% contained.
Officials say at least 225 firefighters are working to contain and douse the fire, but high temperatures and dry conditions are making it extremely difficult. They expect extreme fire behavior for the next day or two.
Crews have been busy working to extinguish the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fires, the largest fires in New Mexico history, but some were pulled from efforts to help regain control of the Midnight Fire.
rancho fire In Tehama County, Northern California, 10 structures have already been destroyed and four others have been damaged. Over 150 more are in danger.
The wildfire that started on Monday night has already consumed 700 acres and brought under 30% control.
Sheep fires are burning in the Angels National Forest and on private land near Wrightwood, located in San Bernardino County, Southern California. The fire has burnt 990 acres so far and 35% have been brought under control.
FOX 11 Los Angeles reported that an evacuation center has opened at Serrano High School, and the Red Cross is at that location to assist evacuated residents. In addition, an evacuation center for small animals was opened at the Devore animal shelter in San Bernardino.
Controlling the fire has been particularly challenging due to dense vegetation, steep terrain and strong and erratic winds, officials said.
The NWS issued a wind advisory for the area by 11 a.m. Tuesday to check the peak of fire behavior.
More than 300 people have been evacuated from private land around the fire. The fire started on Saturday and the cause is being investigated. The San Bernardino County Fire said no structures had burned down yet.
The crew will continue to work on Tuesday to increase the containment and work on the hot spots.