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Agreement signed to protect Payson water source from wildfires

Federal, private and local agencies signed an agreement Wednesday that will help protect a crucial water source for Payson from the effects of wildfires.... Read more»

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McCain files bill to replace Obama's wildfire funding request

McCain is supporting more money for the Forest Services wildfire budget, just one week after President Obama included wildfire funding as part of an emergency border request to Congress.... Read more»

Wood pile burning to begin on Mt. Lemmon

Forest rangers will be burning piles of stacked wood on Mt. Lemmon starting Tuesday. Smoke may be visible from the fires, which are part of a fuel reduction project intended to reduce the risk of wildfires.... Read more»

Fire restrictions lifted for Southern Az

Following monsoon rains, fire restriction will be lifted for Southeastern Arizona beginning Friday.... Read more»

Emergency border funding request also asks for firefighting funds

The president’s request for $3.7 billion to stem the tide of immigrant children crossing the Southwest border included a request for $615 million to fight wildfires. Advocates say the firefighting money is needed, but some critics questioned its inclusion in the border request.... Read more»

After big-blaze years, Az has rare ‘typical’ wildfire season so far

Halfway through the year, Arizona has seen a larger number of smaller fires than last year, allowing crews to react quickly, stay safe and keep firefighting costs within budget, officials said.... Read more»

Fire restrictions in force for Southern Az

Starting Thursday, campers across Southern Arizona will face new fire restrictions at campgrounds due to dry weather.... Read more»

Land fight nears end for Coconino homeowners

It took a wildfire, three Congresses and years of work, but some Coconino County residents may soon be able to make their properties whole again. The Senate has approved a bill correcting a 50-year-old surveying error that had put some private homes in the national forest.... Read more»

Ocelot sighting adds new delay to Rosemont Mine

The discovery of a lone male ocelot roaming around the proposed Rosemont Mine in the Santa Rita Mountains will delay the controversial project. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials will review their analysis of the environmental impact of the copper mine.... Read more»

Fires restricted in Coronado Nat'l Forest

Planning on hitting the road this Memorial Day weekend? If you are going camping or celebrating with a cookout, the Forest Service wants you to be aware of fire restrictions.... Read more»

Analysis

3 reasons Obama's proposed wildfire budget reforms are critical

By enacting the president’s recent budget proposal, Congress can provide the Interior Department and the Forest Service with critical funds needed to effectively prevent and fight wildfires.... Read more»

San Carlos Apache official says copper mine threatens sacred sites

San Carlos Apache Chairman Terry Rambler told a Senate committee Wednesday that a massive copper mine proposed for Southeast Arizona would desecrate land his tribe considers sacred.... Read more»1

Az officials: Forest Service regulation on trailers unfair to hunters

Arizona officials are slamming the U.S. Forest Service over a regulation making trailers subject to impoundment or citation if left unattended for more than 72 hours in northern Arizona national forests.... Read more»

Officials, lawmakers call for greater investment in wildfire prevention

For every dollar the government spends preventing wildfire damage, it could save cash-strapped agencies like the Forest Service another $5 on fighting increasingly large fires, a Senate committee was told Tuesday.... Read more»

Arizona, 21 other states to have federal timber payments reduced

The federal government will deduct more than $860,000 from its timber payment to Arizona this year, some of the more than $15 million the U.S. Forest Service said it will withhold from 22 states.... Read more»

Evidence mounts that Granite Mtn Hotshots shouldn't have deployed

Increasing evidence reveals that reasons far from supernatural contributed to the tragic deaths of 19 of the 20 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. Dispatch logs show the wildland firefighting crew should not have been deployed to fight the Yarnell Hill Fire.... Read more»2

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