It has been one of the slowest and driest starts to the Arizona rain season, know as the Monsoon. In a more typical year the region would have already have experienced significant moisture. This year has been different, with not one location receiving over a half inch of rain as of Monday, July 22nd. This has lead to tinder dry conditions and a late fire season.
Much needed rain is in the forecast as monsoonal moisture begins to re-establish. Tuesday-Thursday of this week scattered showers and thunderstorms will offer some relief. Model forecasts are indicating 1-2" of rain may fall on mountain areas where large wildfires are currently burning.