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Vulnerable Az communities adapting to ever-present threat of wildfires

Learning to live fire-wise is a cause for celebration in areas that are vulnerable to wildfires. Especially in the White Mountains town of Pinetop, which is becoming one of the country’s next fire-adapted communities.... Read more»

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Western wildfires will increase because of climate change, UA researchers say

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»

Court: Fire insurance may cover mudslide damage after Wallow 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»

Az agencies received 447 bayonets from feds

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

After big-blaze years, Az has rare ‘typical’ wildfire season so far

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»

Lawmakers press forestry officials on wildfire prevention

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»

For hotshot crews, training key to safe firefighting

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

Proposition 120 would declare state sovereignty over resources

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»

Forest Service, Apache County team to thin forests, tame fires

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»

Group wants campfire ban until monsoon starts

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»

Brewer signs plan to arm Az against wildfires

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

Tough wildfire season likely after dry winter

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

Lawmaker: In face of fires, control of forests should be local

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»

Special report

Managing forest helped stop Wallow Fire at reservation

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»

Apache County: We’ll thin nat'l forest land, send bill to feds

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»

Hawk injured in Wallow Fire takes flight

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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