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Fire restrictions lifted on Coronado, but fireworks never OK in Arizona's national forests

Coronado National Forest administrators have lifted fire restrictions ahead of the July 4 weekend but fireworks remain prohibited year-round. ... Read more»

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Smoke over Catalinas from controlled burn 25 miles away in Graham County

A prescribed burn in the Southwest portion of the Galiuro Mountains sent a plume of smoke over the Catalina Mountains that was visible from Tucson on Tuesday. Burns in the area are expected to continue until the end of the month. ... Read more»

Border wall foes hail order halting project, say it’s only first step

President Joe Biden made good on a campaign promise within hours of his swearing-in this week, ordering a pause in construction of the border wall and a plan for how to redirect wall funding. Opponents of the wall hailed the move but say more action is needed.... Read more»

Fight is on to save critically endangered red squirrel in Arizona

Forest fires and development have nearly decimated the Mt. Graham red squirrel, with only about 100 left in their “bottleneck habitat.”... Read more»

Mt. Graham red squirrel makes comeback, not out of the woods yet

An endangered squirrel that was driven to the brink of extinction by wildfire just three years ago in southern Arizona has seen its numbers more than triple following federal, state and local preservation efforts.... Read more»

90k-acre Bush Fire near Mesa, now the largest in the country, forces evacuations

Nearly 1,500 people living west of Roosevelt Lake have been forced to evacuate because of the fast burning Bush Fire, which now is the largest in the country at 89,059 acres.... Read more»

Endangered species throw roadblock in path of Rosemont Copper mine

A federal judge has overturned environmental permits for the proposed Rosemont Copper Mine, saying the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failed to consider the mine’s impact on several endangered species in the Santa Rita Mountains. ... Read more»

Rosemont plan approved — but here's why it might not happen fast

Hudbay Minerals said Thursday that it has received the approved Mine Plan of Operations for the proposed Rosemont mine project, the final step in the permitting process.... 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»

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»

Environmental impact statement clears way for forest thinning

The Forest Service signed off on the final environmental impact statement for the Four Forest Restoration Initiative last week, clearing the way for thinning 600,000 acres of Arizona forest.... Read more»

Coronado National Forest will waive fees for Presidents Day weekend

The Coronado National Forest will waive day-use fees over the weekend to mark Presidents Day. ... Read more»

Threatened bird puts brakes on Coronado National Forest mine

Federal regulators recently pulled back approval for exploratory drilling for copper near Patagonia. The area could be home to yellow-billed cuckoos, which were recently declared threatened, as well as other endangered species like jaguars and Mexican spotted owls. ... Read more»1

Last chance for input on Sabino Canyon plan

The U.S. Forest Service is asking for public input about new recreation plans at Sabino Canyon. The meeting will be held Tuesday at the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center from 6-8 p.m.... 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»

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