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Research by the University of Arizona shows that fire season in many parts of the West now begins in March and continues through October.

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»

A charred tree in the aftermath of the 2011 Wallow Fire, the largest in state history. Charred hillsides opened the door to mudslides as rains followed the fire.

A federal appeals court Friday ordered a new hearing for an Apache County homeowner who said her fire insurance policy should cover damages from a mudslide that destroyed her home after the 2011 Wallow wildfire. Read more»

A U.S. Military M9 Bayonet affixed to an M4 Carbine.

A review of state-level data for the Department of Defense Excess Property Program shows the Pinal County Sheriff's Office receiving 257 bayonets and police departments in Tucson, Pinetop-Lakeside and Payson receiving 150, 30 and 10, respectively. Read more» 2

A helicopter battling the Slide Fire in Coconino National Forest in May. The blaze cost $10.2 million to contain as it burned more than 20,000 acres before it was contained.

Halfway through the year, Arizona has seen a larger number of smaller fires than last year, allowing crews to react quickly, stay safe and keep firefighting costs within budget, officials said. Read more»

Bureau of Indian Affairs forester technician Butch Gregg, in 2011 file photo, lights wood piles as part of forest-management on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Such thinning efforts helped stop the Wallow fire at the reservation’s boundary.

Arizona lawmakers invoked the memory of the 19 fallen Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighters at a congressional hearing Thursday where they urged bureaucrats to improve forest management to prevent such fires in the future. Read more»

Phillip Maldonado, a squad leader with the Granite Mountain Hotshots, helps crew member learn the finer points of setting up emergency fire shelters. Training is key as the crew prepares for what’s expected to be a busy wildfire season.

Firefighters working in remote locations to get ahead of the most dangerous sections of fires rely on hard training to stay out of perilous situations. Members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, of whom 19 were killed Sunday fighting a wildfire near Yarnell, had never had to use emergency shelters when they received training in 2012. Read more» 1

Rep. Chester Crandell, R-Heber said sovereignty would put Arizona in charge of its forests, including managing logging and thinning, to prevent catastrophes such as the 2011 Wallow Fire, the largest wildfire in Arizona history. FILE PHOTO

Arizona voters will have a choice in November regarding whether or not to declare sovereignty over their state's natural resources. But the measure they'll be voting on, Proposition 120, may face legal challenges concerning its constitutionality. Read more»

Apache County crews began clearing out a 75-acre swath of forest outside of Greer on May 23.

The U.S. Forest Service and Apache County have launched a first-of-its-kind management plan to thin more than 90,000 acres of forest in hopes of preventing catastrophic fires like last year’s record Wallow Fire. Read more»

An area in eastern Arizona burned by the Wallow Fire, which officials say was started by an unattended campfire.

Campfires Limited, a grassroots organization is asking the U.S. Forest Service for an annual ban on campfires between May 1 through July 15. Read more»

Charred remnants of forest are all that is left behind in some areas of Apache County where last year’s Wallow Fire raged.

Gov. Jan Brewer signed the State Forester’s Preparedness Plan assigning firefighting resources to areas at high-risk for wildfires. Read more»

More than 500,000 acres burned in the Wallow Fire last June.

In the dry highlands of Arizona, it's shaping up to be another tough wildfire season. Read more»

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest (left) sustained severe damage and tree loss from the 2011 Wallow Fire. Most of the trees to the west of the fence, which is on reservation land, survived.

Facing devastating wildfires and inaction by the federal government, Arizona should declare its sovereignty and take control of its national forests, a state lawmaker contends. Read more»

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, left, sustained severe damage and tree death from the 2011 Wallow Fire. The stands on this side of the forest were dense with trees, brush and downed limbs. Most of the trees to the right, or west of this fence on reservation land, survived. Experts say decades of forest-management on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation made possible a backfire that halted the Wallow Fire’s western advance.

Along the line between the Fort Apache Indian Reservation and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, the westward expansion of the Wallow Fire slowed and stopped. Experts credit management of tribal forest for keeping the fire off the reservation. Read more»

The Wallow Fire burned for more than a month and scorched 538,049 acres across eastern Arizona, including more than 15,000 acres in New Mexico. The Apache County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution last week declaring a state of emergency and accusing federal and state agencies of inadequate forest management based on ill-advised environmental policies.

Citing wildfires and floods that have devastated portions of Apache County, leaders there say they plan to thin national forests themselves and bill the federal government. Read more»

The juvenile red-tailed hawk that was rescued from the Wallow Fire three months ago flies away from its transportation carrier within Estrella Mountain Regional Park. The animal was discovered in a homeowner’s backyard, when residents returned after evacuating for the Wallow Fire.

Less than three months after the Wallow Fire, a red-tailed hawk flew swiftly back into the wild at the Estrella Mountain Regional Park after recuperating at the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center. Read more»

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