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As Southwest burns, Interior Dep't earmarks $103M for mitigation, firefighter health

As Southern Arizona endures two major fires, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced millions for wildfire mitigation efforts, and firefighter well-being. ... Read more»

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Wildfire near Patagonia is 12% contained, has burned 11,600 acres

Fire crews working the San Rafael Fire southeast of Patagonia were able to hold their containment lines despite "red-flag" conditions Monday, and fire officials expect Tuesday will bring some relief from critical fire weather.... Read more»

Wildfire near Patagonia is 0% contained, has burned 10,500 acres

The wind-driven San Rafael Fire grew to over 10,500 acres on Sunday, burning through grassland around 22 miles southeast of Patagonia, Ariz., and fire officials warned that "red-flag" conditions through Monday may complicate fire suppression efforts. ... Read more»

Southern Arizona Sky island succulent listed as 'threatened' under Endangered Species Act

Bartram’s stonecrop - a bright, sea-green succulent found in the Santa Rita Mountains in southern Arizona and northern Mexico - grows in an uncommon habitat where temperatures are lower than the surrounding desert floor, making this succulent extremely rare, and under pressure. ... 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»

Tucson, Benson pair charged with causing Wallow Fire

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

Monsoon mudslides likely in Monument Fire burn areas

The intensity of the Monument Fire and the steeply sloped area where it occurred make mudslides there very likely during Arizona’s monsoon season, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.... Read more»

Disaster relief could come swiftly for fire-ravaged Arizona counties

The Small Business Administration could rule in a matter of days on a disaster-relief request for Apache and Cochise counties in the wake of wildfires that recently scorched Arizona.... Read more»

Authorities ask for info on Monument Fire start

Anyone with knowledge about the start of the Monument Fire south of Sierra Vista should contact the Coronado National Forest, authorities said.... Read more»

Monument Fire update: 92% contained

The Monument Fire is now 92 percent contained, and rain fell on much of the fire area, authorities said Wednesday morning. ... Read more»

Monument Fire 90% contained, low growth potential

The Monument Fire is now 90 percent contained, and has "low growth potential," authorities said Monday night. While smoke and flames are possible in the Carr Canyon area, "most of the fire area is showing little to no fire activity."... Read more»

Monument Fire 85% contained, low growth potential

The Monument Fire is now 85 percent contained, and has "low growth potential," authorities said Monday. While smoke and flames are possible in the Carr Canyon area, "most of the fire area is showing little to no fire activity."... Read more»

Monument Fire 75% contained, operations 'winding down'

The Monument Fire is now 75 percent contained, and fire operations are "winding down," authorities said Saturday night. "Most of the fire area showed little or no fire activity."... Read more»

Monument Fire evacuees return home; 64% containment

Updated: After fire crews completed a controlled burn west of evacuated neighborhoods, the remaining residents were allowed to return to their homes. The Monument Fire remains 64 percent contained, and fire activity is "expected to be minimal" Saturday.... Read more»

Monument Fire: 60% contained; burnouts continue Thursday night

After successful controlled burns, the Monument Fire remains 59 percent contained, authorities said. State Route 92 was reopened, and the permit requirement for residents reentering evacuation areas was lifted. Burnouts will continue Thursday night west of S.R. 92.... Read more»

Monument Fire: Nearly 60% contained, Thursday 'key day'

After successful controlled burns, the Monument Fire is now 59 percent contained, authorities said. The mandatory evacuation zone was reduced, and pre-evacuation orders were lifted. Thursday will be a "key day" in fighting the fire.... Read more»

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