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Missing 15-year-old hiker near Bisbee found safe

A 15-year-old boy, who went missing during a hike in the Mule Mountains near Bisbee Wednesday morning, was found by officials later that afternoon near Highway 80. ... Read more»

Flagstaff wildfire prevention named among ‘best in class’ for nation

A Flagstaff program that aims to prevent wildfires by thinning the forest surrounding the city was named a national “best in class” Tuesday in a report on use of natural defenses against catastrophes.... Read more»

Missing hiker found dead in Ventana Canyon

Four people have died from heat-related causes following a record-breaking heat wave in the Tucson-area. On Tuesday morning, search and rescue teams found the body of Marcus Turowkski, 33, who disappeared during a hike along the Ventana Canyon trail on Sunday morning. ... Read more»

Cedar Creek community prepares as wildfire burns another 10k acres

Low humidity and high temperatures continued through Tuesday, enabling the Cedar Fire consume another 10,000 acres, southwest of Pinetop-Lakeside in Arizona's white mountains. Officials said they were reviewing how to protect buildings in Cedar Creek, and staging supplies in case the fire succeeded in burning further south. ... Read more»

Forest Service tips for staying safe while hiking in the summer heat

With summer temperatures rising to all-time highs, and humidity staying low, Coronado National Forest is asking visitors to plan their outings accordingly and to use situational awareness.... Read more»

Public meetings to take input on proposed Interstate 11

The Department of Transportation will conduct a public meeting Wednesday evening in Tucson to discuss proposed plans for Interstate 11. The meeting will be the second of three held in Southern Arizona to gather input on a recommended corridor that runs between Nogales and Wickenburg, north of Phoenix.... Read more»1

Hot dry weather fuels Cedar Fire's run south

Fueled by high temperatures and low humidity, the Cedar Fire grew 14,000 acres on Sunday, burning through hundreds of acres southwest of Pinetop-Lakeside, in Arizona's White Mountains. A pre-evacuation notice was given to area residents, and power lines were switched off to protect firefighters.... Read more»

Record heat kills 3, rescuers continue search for missing hiker

Three people died, and one man remains missing, in separate incidents as record-breaking heat in the valley made outdoor activities dangerous in the Tucson area. Sheriff Chris Nanos said, "We're asking people not only to avoid outdoor activity to the morning, but just to avoid it entirely." ... Read more»

Update: 2 hikers die, 1 missing, on Tucson trails as temps spike to 115-plus

A man and woman died in separate incidents while hiking just north of Tucson on Sunday, as authorities conducted three heat-related search and rescue operations in the desert. Temperatures hit 115 degrees at the airport, with other area thermometers reading 116 — just a single degree shy of the all-time record.... Read more»2

Pima County officials: Record heat requires extreme precautions

With desert temperatures expected to reach highs from 110 to 116 degrees this weekend, Pima County officials are telling people to limit outdoor activities and enjoy Father's Day indoors. ... Read more»

First case of Zika virus confirmed in Pima County

A person who traveled to the Caribbean returned to the county and tested positively for the disease, however officials said that there was no risk of transmission and that the person was recovering from their symptoms. ... Read more»

Fire lines holding against wildfire near Show Low

The growth of a wildfire near Show Low slowed Thursday afternoon, but could still cross a threshold that would force authorities to order an evacuation for several communities in Navajo County, including Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, McNary, Fort Apache and Hon-Dah.... Read more»

Wildfires in California, New Mexico trigger hundreds of evacuations

Hundreds of people have evacuated to escape a wildfire in coastal Southern California and a larger blaze in rural New Mexico as hot weather feeds the flames, raising health concerns in other regions, officials said on Thursday. ... Read more»

Factchecking Trump’s drought claims

During a campaign rally in Fresno, Donald Trump claimed that California is not having a drought and water is being shoved “out to sea” to protect a “three-inch fish” at the expense of farmers.... Read more»

How hikers can avoid a bee attack, and what to do if it happens

Recent bee attacks have turned normal summer outings into a deadly encounters. But there are precautions that hikers can take to avoid an attack, and appropriate ways to react if one happens. ... Read more»

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