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Volcanic soil, old artillery shells challenge crews managing Flagstaff wildfire

Amidst the sweet-smelling smoke of ponderosa pine, firefighters are laboring to maintain – not extinguish – a 8,600-acre blaze in the Coconino National Forest northeast of Flagstaff.... Read more»

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Excessive heat, high fuel loads in Arizona have experts predicting wildfires through fall

Fire experts say the high temperatures, combined with an increasing amount of brush drying up from the abnormally wet winter, the fire danger is high – particularly in southern Arizona, where the threat is above-average.... Read more»

500-acre prescribed burn set for Rincon Mountains

Smoke will be visible in the Rincons east of Tucson this week as more than 500 acres on Mica Mountain are set to be cleared with a prescribed fire, officials said.... Read more»

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»

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

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