A “suspicious” brush fire broke out in Arizona and spread into California on Wednesday, sparking the evacuation of two recreational vehicle parks, as hot and dry weather complicated efforts to contain the blaze. “It’s hot and windy and we’re expecting the fire to grow,” said Jeff Allen, an engineer and paramedic with the San Bernardino County Fire Department in Southern California.

Allen said the fire was 5 percent contained. The fire broke out as agencies across the western United States gear up for what is expected to be another busy fire season in a region suffering the effects of a prolonged drought, including millions of trees dead from lack of water. FULL REPORT