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Fueled by wind and dry vegetation, the Elgin Bridge Fire has consumed 4,000 acres of grasslands and chaparral south of Tucson, and crews are working to keep the wildfire from overrunning high-voltage power lines that supply electricity to Fort Huachuca and Sierra Vista. Read more»

Forestry experts believe one of the best ways to fight wildfires is to deprive them of fuel through forest thinning, as in this file photo from Oregon. Those efforts will get an extra hand this year in Arizona under an expanded program that uses prison inmates to help with forest maintenance.

Arizona's $24.5 million Healthy Forest Initiative will allow a long-running program that lets the Department of Forestry and Fire Management use inmate crews to do forest maintenance to add as many as 700 more inmates to help battle wildfires. Read more»

Federal officials said they still expect a 'challenging' wildfire season in 2018, particularly in drought-ravaged areas of the Southwest. That comes on the heels o a year, 2017, in which the government spent a record $2.9 billion fighting wildfires.

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»

As Arizona’s years-long drought continues, conditions in the state are ripe for spawning intense wildfires and haboobs from the high winds and lightning that typically form the early part of monsoon season, which begins in two weeks.

What’s a monsoon without rain? Trouble, according to experts. With Arizona in the grip of a years-long drought, conditions are ripe for spawning intense wildfires and haboobs from the high winds and lightning that typically form the early part of annual rainy season, which begins next week. Read more» 2