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What the Devil won't tell you

Forget faux crisis of immigration; westward migration caused dangerous problems we're ignoring

Abandoned mines are a deadly hazard and transformed forests full of kindling are deadly legacies of white migration. But neither hables Español so fixing those problems doesn't get folks elected. ... Read more»

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Funding fix sought for coming wildfire season

A new $2.2 billion infusion into fighting wildland fires is welcomed news for federal agencies and academic researchers but environmentalists worry it could lead to abuses. ... Read more»

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»

FactCheck

Trump repeatedly errs on California wildfires

Over the past two weekends, as two major wildfires devastated communities in Northern and Southern California, President Donald Trump has inaccurately blamed the state’s forest management practices for the blazes. ... Read more»

Az firefighters assist efforts to combat California wildfires; death toll rises to 48

Firefighters from across the state of Arizona are in California to help fight devastating wildfires, one of which has raged for a week.... Read more»

Western wildfires will increase because of climate change, UA researchers say

UA researchers dug through 35 years of data and found climate change will increase how much land will burn in the western U.S. in the next two decades.... Read more»

Border Patrol agent charged in 45k-acre Sawmill Fire

17 months after admitting he accidentally started the 45,000 acre Sawmill Fire in the Santa Rita Mountains, a U.S. Border Patrol agent has been formally charged with a misdemeanor.... Read more»

Western U.S. faces another ‘challenging’ wildfire season

Federal fire officials warned a Senate panel this week that the West should prepare for another “challenging” wildfire season, after a 2017 season that was the most expensive on record in terms of firefighting costs.... Read more»

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»

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»

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»

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

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