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Lawmakers seek solutions as wildfires burn hole in firefighting budget

Agriculture Secretary Perdue and five Western senators, including Sen. Jeff Flake, called for an end to the ongoing underfunding of firefighting efforts that forces Forest Service to shift funds from other needed areas.... Read more»

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Firefighters add drone incursions to threats faced in a wildfire

Firefighters battling the Goodwin Fire in central Arizona had to suspend operations twice in one week after drones flew into airspace over the blaze.... Read more»

Feds grant FEMA assistance for Lizard Fire

The federal government will help fund the effort to halt the Lizard Fire, which has burned about 15,000 acres southeast of Tucson. The wildfire showed only moderate activity on Monday, despite a red flag warning issued because of high winds and dry weather, officials said. ... Read more»

Forest Service chief confident on wildfires despite proposed budget cut

The Forest Service faces a $970 million budget cut in 2018, but the agency's chief said he is confident the service will have the resources to battle wildfires next year, although he acknowledged that President Trump’s budget proposes “very difficult reductions in some very important programs.”... Read more»

Rosemont Mine one step closer as Forest Service OKs permit

The controversial Rosemont Copper Mine is one step closer to development after the Forest Service signed off on one of two federal permits needed to begin operating the open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains about 30 miles southeast of Tucson. ... Read more»1

Forest Service: Help find person of interest in Mt. Lemmon wildfire

A man driving a green Ford Explorer is a person of interest in last week's Molino Fire on Mt. Lemmon, officials said. The wildfire, which burned about 50 acres, was connected to recreational target shooting.... Read more»1

San Carlos Apache, environmentalists battle Oak Flat copper mine bid

Oak Flat in Eastern Arizona lies in the midst of an environmental and economic controversy. The San Carlos Apache revere the federally owned land. Environmentalists consider it a sanctuary. Climbers, hikers and campers gravitate there for recreation. And Resolution Copper covets the rich veins of ore running beneath the surface.... Read more»

Workers cite harassment, retaliation in 'toxic' national parks

National Park Service employees continue to suffer from a “toxic” work culture that has allowed for rampant sexual misconduct and a culture of retaliation, park workers told a House committee Thursday.... 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»

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»

Plan your picnic elsewhere: Bears close Parker Canyon Lake

Several black bears spotted near a Southern Arizona lake have prompted the closure of the recreational area, authorities said. Parker Canyon Lake and Lakeview Campground will remain closed until the bears are trapped and relocated.... Read more»

Borderland wildfire near Nogales now 80% contained

A wildfire burning along the U.S.-Mexico border west of Nogales has consumed about 4,900 acres, but did not spread much this weekend despite the wind and dry conditions, said officials with the Coronado National Forest.... Read more»

U.S. land managers reject development near Grand Canyon

U.S. land managers on Friday rejected a plan that could have opened the way for housing and commercial expansion near the Grand Canyon’s celebrated South Rim, a surprise decision that was decried by developers but praised by environmental groups. ... Read more»

Native American petroglyph vandalized at Catalina State Park

Last month, a boulder bearing a Native American petroglyph was rolled over and vegetation destroyed at Catalina State Park, north of Tucson. Federal authorities are investigating.... Read more»2

Looking to space technology to save firefighters here on earth

Spurred on by firefighter deaths in the 2013 Yarnell Hill blaze, a team at NASA is working to use spacecraft heat-shield technology for fire shelters. ... Read more»

Mexican man sentenced to 43 years in assault on Forest Service officer

An Agua Prieta man will serve 43 years in a U.S. federal prison for attacking a U.S. Forest Service officer near Douglas last August, a judge ordered Monday.... Read more»

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