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Forest Service under fire for cutting old-growth trees in eastern Az

The decision to cut more than 1,300 old-growth trees last summer in an Arizona forest has been criticized for breaking trust with the thinning project’s backers.... Read more»

Authorities recapture first Mexican gray wolf released in years

A male Mexican gray wolf released into the forest of Eastern Arizona last month has been recaptured after failing to mate with a pack’s alpha female as officials had hoped.... Read more»

Mexican gray wolf set for release in White Mtns

Federal officials say the release of an adult male Mexican gray wolf will help add genetic diversity to the population of dozens reintroduced to the mountains of eastern Arizona. Environmentalists, however, say it isn't enough to help the species thrive in the state. ... Read more»

Forest Service, Apache County team to thin forests, tame fires

The U.S. Forest Service and Apache County have launched a first-of-its-kind management plan to thin more than 90,000 acres of forest in hopes of preventing catastrophic fires like last year’s record Wallow Fire.... Read more»

Group wants campfire ban until monsoon starts

Campfires Limited, a grassroots organization is asking the U.S. Forest Service for an annual ban on campfires between May 1 through July 15.... Read more»

Feds unveil national forest planning rules

The U.S. Forest Service unveiled new planning rules Thursday that it said will emphasize the protection of forest and watersheds while maintaining and creating forest-industry jobs.... Read more»

Special report

Managing forest helped stop Wallow Fire at reservation

Along the line between the Fort Apache Indian Reservation and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, the westward expansion of the Wallow Fire slowed and stopped. Experts credit management of tribal forest for keeping the fire off the reservation.... Read more»

Wallow Fire 5 percent contained, destroys 22 homes in Greer

The Wallow Fire is now 5 percent contained, but wind-driven flames have burned 22 homes on the eastern side of Greer, and 5,000 structures are still threatened. Crews completed a fire line protecting Springerville and Eagar. (with photo gallery)... Read more»

Wallow Fire destroys 22 homes in Greer, threatening Eagar

Wind-driven flames from the Wallow Fire have destroyed 22 homes in the small White Mountains town of Greer, authorities said Thursday afternoon. Officials cut the estimate of land burned by the fire from 389,000 acres to 336,000 acres. (with photo gallery)... Read more»

Wallow Fire threatens White Mountain towns

Flames from the Wallow Fire churned through the small town of Greer on Wednesday afternoon. As high winds pushed flames down hillsides and into canyons on the northwestern flank of the blaze, officials ordered the evacuation of both Eagar and Springerville. (with photo gallery)... Read more»

Full evacuation of Springerville, Eagar as high winds push Wallow Fire

Authorities ordered the full evacuation of Springerville and Eagar on Wednesday, as the 389,000-acre Wallow Fire in Eastern Arizona was being pushed north and was zero percent contained.... Read more»

Wallow Fire scorches 389K acres

The Wallow Fire in Eastern Arizona has grown to 389,000 acres - about 607 square miles. The blaze in the White Mountains is zero percent contained, authorities said Wednesday morning.... Read more»