Arizona Wildfire: Firefighters From Around The Country Help Battle Blaze

06/07/2011 09:35 am ET | Updated Aug 07, 2011

No one would characterize the massive Arizona wildfire as good news, but the tragic, ongoing disaster has prompted firefighters from across the country to pitch in.

Roughly 2,500 firefighters, including many from several western states and as far away as New York, are working to contain the wildfires, fire information officer Peter Frenzen said.

ABC 15 reports that some of the out-of-town blaze battlers are full-time firefighters, mostly from the Pacific Northwest. But some are seasonal workers or students.

The blaze nearly doubled in size between Sunday and Monday, with nearly 400 square miles up in smoke. Thousands have been evacuated.