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Triple-Digit Heat, Dry Lightning Increasing Fire Danger Across Arizona

This week, the Valley’s triple-digit temperatures steadily climb, three weeks ahead of what the rest of the nation officially calls summer.

Jaret Rogers with the National Weather Service said there are a few lingering storms moving through the mountain regions of Arizona. But, he said it’s not necessarily good news.

“The fire danger, especially across the southeastern and southwestern parts of the state is fairly high right now, and so there might be lightning strikes, which in turn may produce fires," said Rogers.

For example on Tuesday, he said storms moved over the Mogollon Rim. Conditions there aren’t extreme he said, but the official fire reports show fire danger is “high.”

Relief won’t hit until the monsoons roll in. That officially starts June 15, but Rogers said it can be weeks beyond that date before the first real rain hits.

Generally, he said, the “fifth season” hits when the dew point pushes 55, high-pressure system moves out and moisture begins rolling through to the northeast.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.