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Arizona has fewer wildfires than last year, but blazes are bigger

Arizonans this year are dealing with fewer wildfires than last year, but the fires are significantly larger. "From January 1st to July 10th, we’ve had 935 wildfires – that equates to 205,819 acres burned."... Read more»

Cancer risks high for firefighters, even higher for minorities

A new study has found that firefighters have a greater than average risk of developing some types of cancer, and that black and Latino firefighters face the highest risk of all.... 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»

Officials ask Congress for funds to train firefighters, fight wildfires

Forestry and fire officials told a Senate subcommittee that federal, state and local firefighters need more funding, training and flexibility to effectively battle wildfires. It came as the cost to fight the Slide Fire, just contained in Coconino County, was estimated at $10.2 million.... Read more»

Fire restrictions in force for Southern Az

Starting Thursday, campers across Southern Arizona will face new fire restrictions at campgrounds due to dry weather.... Read more»

Early morning fire closes Guadalajara Grill

An early morning fire at a Midtown restaurant took a team of 27 firefighters about 36 minutes to bring under control, officials said.... Read more»

Fires restricted in Coronado Nat'l Forest

Planning on hitting the road this Memorial Day weekend? If you are going camping or celebrating with a cookout, the Forest Service wants you to be aware of fire restrictions.... Read more»

Wildfire burns on Tohono O'odham Nation

A wildfire has burned 200 acres near the village of Pan Tak on the Tohono O'odham Nation. ... Read more»

Photos: TFD fights trailer fire

A fire at a mobile home park in the 3300 block of East Grant Road destroyed a travel trailer overnight.... Read more»1

Smoke on the Sweetwater: Controlled burn Tuesday

Tucson Water and the Tucson Fire Department will hold a controlled burn of the Sweetwater Wetlands on Tuesday morning. In years past, residents have inundated 911 with calls reporting smoke in the area. This year, TFD Capt. Barrett Baker is urging them to remain calm. ... Read more»

30-foot flames tear through South Side storage facility

Crews fighting a fire at a storage facility on South Palo Verde Road on Thursday night knocked down 30-foot flames as they halted a blaze that caused $50,000 in damage, a Tucson Fire Department spokesman said. ... Read more»1

TFD: Cell-phone issues resolved for 911 calls

An issue that saw some 911 callers in Tucson unable to communicate with dispatchers has been resolved, officials said. Earlier Saturday, city officials said dispatchers could hear callers, but some callers on cell phones could not hear the 911 operators.... Read more»

Fire prevention, education helped give Az nation’s lowest fire-death risk

Arizona had the nation’s lowest risk of fire death in 2010, a fact experts attributed to everything from a relatively low number of high-rises to building codes in some localities that require residential sprinklers.... Read more»

Firefighters douse large lumber fire on South Side

Tucson firefighters took just over 20 minutes to control a large pile of burning railroad ties that threatened power lines Tuesday evening. The lumber pile caught fire after flames spread from a burning front end loaders, a department spokesman said.... Read more»2

Furniture fire scorches outside of Value Village

A large pile of burning mattresses and furniture came close to spreading a fire to the interior of a Tucson thrift store Friday morning. Twenty-four firefighters quickly brought a blaze at Value Village under control, but not before several fire sprinklers inside were set off.... Read more»

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