Wildfire season started early in Arizona this year. There are currently four wildfires burning throughout the state, the largest of which is the Sunflower Fire, burning about 20 miles south of Payson in the Tonto National Forest.
Phoenix New Times freelance photographer Andrew Pielage made the trek north and sent back photos of the blaze.
According to Pielage, he could see plumes of smoke at least 50 miles away from where the fire was burning. The Sunflower Fire has consumed some 12,000 acres. At last report, it was just 7 percent contained.