the Rafael fire: one of the many fires, currently in Arizona

The following information will be continually updated:

The Rafael fire has burned 78,065 acres; increases in acreage coverage are partially due to “controlled burns,” a fire suppression technique used to create a perimeter of containment around the fire. The fire is now 95% contained; the estimated date of (total) containment is July 15th. Areas, mostly around the northern perimeter of the fire were cleared out, using bulldozing, burnouts, and natural boundaries to prevent the fire from further spreading. The creation of those fire breaks, whereof the fire was deprived of any “fuel,” is designated as “containment.” A Type 1 Incident management team arrived a week and a half ago, in order to take over operations. This is a national team, trained to coordinate complex fires, and other natural disasters. This team has now moved on, having contributed to bringing the fire under control. A transition has been made, passing authority back to the Type 3 team.

“And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he bowed himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees. “And he said to his servant: ‘Go up now, look toward the sea.’ And he went up, and looked, and said: ‘There is nothing.’ And he said: ‘Go again seven times.’ And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said: ‘Behold, there ariseth a cloud out of the sea, as small as a man’s hand.'” “And it came to pass in a little while, that the heaven grew black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain.” – 1 Kings 18:42-45, JPS 1917 Tanach

May the L-RD send rain, and grant shelter to all who might be compelled to seek safety and refuge from the Rafael fire, as well as the other fires in Arizona. Amein.


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