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A fire tornado forms as part of the Conteras Fire, a wildfire that has burned over 18,000 acres near the Baboquivari Mountains and Kitt Peak Observatory.

Firefighters in Pima and Coconino counties continue to battle three major wildfires raging across Arizona, and though monsoon rainfall could help firefighting efforts, the risks of runoff and flooding are high in areas downstream of the burn scar. Read more»

Rep. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, speaks at a news conference supporting Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto of legislation that would have allowed electronic billboards on state highways and interstates, something that astronomers said could jeopardize the dark skies that observatories need.

Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto of a bill that would have allowed electronic billboards will help preserve world-class astronomy in Arizona, a group of astronomers said Thursday. Read more» 2