On July 5 a powerful sandstorm (aka haboob) struck Phoenix and many surrounding areas. Damage to our guest’s barn, roof, water system, and fencing was extensive. One of his prized mares was seriously injured by the storm. Fortunately, she is expected to recover.
The Wallow Fire, the 2nd-largest blaze in Arizona history, has burned 386,000 acres and its smoky trail has reached as far away as Ohio. Sadly, arson is suspected as the probable cause, with lack of adherence to proper forest management procedures playing a supporting role.