APOCALYPSE NOW.BLAZE-TORN Arizona yesterday looked like a scene from the movie Apocalypse apocalypse (əpŏk`əlĭps) [Gr.,=uncovering], genre represented in early Jewish and in Christian literature in which the secrets of the heavenly world or of the world to come are revealed by angelic mediation within a narrative Now.
But the exhausted firefighters battling the flames that have burned 373,000 acres and destroyed at least 390 homes believe they have made their first progress.
Spokesman Jim Paxon said: "We're on the scoreboard. We haven't been there for eight days. We're making progress."
Calmer weather had helped firefighters in the tree-covered hills north-east on Phoenix yesterday. But there were new concerns about thunderstorms thunderstorms
a storm characterized by thunder and lightning caused by strong rising air currents; identified as agents of animal disease because of their involvement causing (1) spasmodic colic; (2) lightning strike; (3) injuries of cattle acquired in stampedes initiated by storms. that could produce lightning without rain.
In a single week, the blaze has charred 586 square miles - an area larger than Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. .
The wildfire, formed by two smaller blazes that merged on Sunday, is the largest in Arizona history. A lost hiker started one fire trying to signal for help.