Each year can mean different things when it comes to emergency management. For the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA), 2016 meant a few wildfires to monitor around the State, some severe weather, and a disaster declaration due to hail and flooding in Graham County.
Every year, wildfires burn across the Arizona landscape. During 2016, 2,285 wildfires burned 308,245 acres. The largest fire in Arizona history is the Wallow Fire, which consumed 538,049 acres in 2011 (15,407 acres in New Mexico).
Emergencies can have affects that require the response of multiple agencies. During responses, the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) works collectively with other agencies, including federal, tribal, state and local governments, to provide emergency management capabilities.