/ Modified jun 16, 2017 4:36 p.m.

Episode 320: Arizona Fire Season Sets Blazing Pace

Plus, checking in on Arizona-Mexico trade; and the start of the monsoon.

The Lizard Fire near Cochise Stronghold in the Coronado Forest became one of the country’s biggest this week, in a fire season that started with a breakneak pace.

Nearly 30 wildfires burned in Arizona over the week, charring more than 80 square miles in the state. More than 600 men and women have been fighting, from the ground and in the air, the Lizard Fire, which was started by lighting and driven by wind.

The monsoon, which officially started June 15, signals the start of thunderstorm season in Arizona, and will certainly affect the firefighting efforts. Arizona Week talks to the National Weather Service’s Ken Drozd about that and a landspout tornado that that formed near Sierra Vista last week.

Leaders in Arizona and Mexico are vowing to work together despite talk of international trade being in limbo. Arizona Week talks to Juan Ciscomani, senior adviser to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, who is in Washington D.c. at the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute.

George Hammond, professor at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management, says the latest research continues to show steady growth between the economies of Mexico and the U.S.

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