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Firefighter Dalton Delisle of the Pinetop Fire Department helps two youngsters knock down “flames” during the fifth annual White Mountains Community Firewise Block Party..

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»

Firefighters take advantage of cooler temperatures at night to use 'dip torches' to burn the ground and starve the Cedar Fire of fuel early Monday morning.

Low humidity and high temperatures continued through Tuesday, enabling the Cedar Fire consume another 10,000 acres, southwest of Pinetop-Lakeside in Arizona's white mountains. Officials said they were reviewing how to protect buildings in Cedar Creek, and staging supplies in case the fire succeeded in burning further south. Read more»

The Cedar fire from an airplane at 8:30 a.m. Monday. The fire burned through 14,000 acres on Sunday night, fueled by high temperatures and low humidity.

Fueled by high temperatures and low humidity, the Cedar Fire grew 14,000 acres on Sunday, burning through hundreds of acres southwest of Pinetop-Lakeside, in Arizona's White Mountains. A pre-evacuation notice was given to area residents, and power lines were switched off to protect firefighters. Read more»

Mt. Lemmon

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the Santa Catalina and Rincon mountains, including Mount Lemmon and Oracle, which will be in effect Wednesday afternoon to Thursday afternoon. Read more»

Arizona Game and Fish Department equips rainbow trout with dime-sized radio transmitters and identification tags as part of a program to study how far stocked fish range and collect other data. Read more»

Today on Buckmaster - In a special one-year anniversary edition of Buckmaster we speak with Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, TucsonCitizen.com's Mark B. Evans, Tucson Weekly editor Jimmy Boegle, and Matt Russell with the Weekend Watch. Read more»

The federal government declared the Chiricahua leopard frog a threatened species in 2002 after drought, disease, habitat destruction and non-native species reduced its population to a vulnerable size.

Chiricahua leopard frogs saved from flooding after the Monument Fire near Sierra Vista have been moved to a lush, indoor riparian habitat at Glendale Community College, complete with a waterfall, pool and a host of bugs. Read more»

Fighting the Wallow Fire by lighting a back burn, June 8.

Two Southern Arizona cousins have been charged in connection with the half-million acre Wallow Fire in May. Caleb and David Malboeu are accused of leaving a campfire unattended, causing the wildfire that burned for weeks in Arizona's mountains. Read more» 1

A remote-control camera captured this image of a black bear at Tonto National Monument in 2009.

The fatal black bear attack on a woman in Pinetop this summer is a sobering reminder that development is bringing people closer to a creature that’s shy by nature but a predator at heart. Read more»

Fighting the Wallow Fire by lighting a back burn, Wednesday.

The Wallow Fire burning in the White Mountains topped 400,000 acres overnight, authorities said. (with photo gallery) Read more»

A firefighter lights a back burn near Greer on Thursday, to consume fuel in the path of the Wallow Fire.

The Wallow Fire is now 5 percent contained, but wind-driven flames have burned 22 homes on the eastern side of Greer, and 5,000 structures are still threatened. Crews completed a fire line protecting Springerville and Eagar. (with photo gallery) Read more»

The Wallow Fire nears Greer on Thursday.

Wind-driven flames from the Wallow Fire have destroyed 22 homes in the small White Mountains town of Greer, authorities said Thursday afternoon. Officials cut the estimate of land burned by the fire from 389,000 acres to 336,000 acres. (with photo gallery) Read more»

Kelly Baca hoses down his front yard in Springerville before evacuating on Wednesday.

Flames from the Wallow Fire churned through the small town of Greer on Wednesday afternoon. As high winds pushed flames down hillsides and into canyons on the northwestern flank of the blaze, officials ordered the evacuation of both Eagar and Springerville. (with photo gallery) Read more»

The Wallow Fire burns on Tuesday.

Authorities ordered the full evacuation of Springerville and Eagar on Wednesday, as the 389,000-acre Wallow Fire in Eastern Arizona was being pushed north and was zero percent contained. Read more»

The Wallow Fire burns on Tuesday.

The Wallow Fire in Eastern Arizona has grown to 389,000 acres - about 607 square miles. The blaze in the White Mountains is zero percent contained, authorities said Wednesday morning. Read more»

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