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Dry conditions in prime Southern Arizona for ‘dangerous’ wildfire season

Southern Arizona is looking at a “very dangerous” wildfire season with a “tremendous amount of fire” after a spring of record dryness and above-average temperatures, fire officials say.... Read more»

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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»

Arizona wildfire crews battling 30 blazes, 'spread thin' across state

Since January 1, 858 wildfires have burned more than 130,000 acres across Arizona and on Sunday, the Department of Forestry and Fire Management announced that fire crews are now battling 30 wildfires throughout the state — including the nearly 15,000-acre Lizard Fire near Tucson.... Read more»1

GOP, Democrats argue wildfire causes; SRP officials worries about effect

Republican and Democratic members of a House panel agreed Thursday that many factors have led to the rising number of wildfires in the U.S. That was all they agreed on. While Republicans said “frivolous lawsuits” have led to widespread mismanagement of forests, Democrats argued for greater focus on “the climate aspect.” ... 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»

GV News: Border Patrol confirms off-duty agent tied to Sawmill Fire

The Tucson Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol confirmed Thursday that the investigation into the Sawmill Fire involves one of their off-duty employees, an agent who was involved in the target shooting that sparked the 46,000-plus-acre blaze on Sunday.... Read more»1

Sources: Target shooter sparked Sawmill Fire; 40,000 acres burned

A man target shooting on state land Sunday morning started the Sawmill Fire that had burned 40,000 acres by Wednesday midday, according to several sources who spoke with the Green Valley News.... 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

Ducey: Honor Granite Mtn Hotshots on anniversary of Yarnell Fire

Ordering flags at half staff on Thursday, Gov. Doug Ducey said, "Three years ago today, Arizona lost 19 brave Granite Mountain Hotshots to the most devastating wildfire in Arizona history. Our hearts are with their families, fellow firefighters and the community of Yarnell on this solemn anniversary."... 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»

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»

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»

Az faces typical wildfire season; West Coast could have harsh year

Arizona is expected to have a normal wildfire season this summer after several years in which the state saw relatively little fire activity, state and federal officials said. A normal wildfire season for Arizona still means thousands of fires across the state — an average of 2,846 per year.... Read more»

Book takes intimate look at 19 Hotshots who died battling Yarnell Hill Fire

A new book, The Fire Line, tells the story of how 19 men lived, and how they died in the Yarnell Hill Fire.... Read more»

High winds, low humidity trigger red flag warning

Southeastern Arizona, including the Tucson area, will be under a red flag warning Tuesday. Gusting winds and low relative humidity will mean any fires could spread rapidly, officials said.... Read more»

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