Wildfires

Smoke curls in the air above the Pipeline Fire burning near Flagstaff
Wildfire season in Arizona turned out to be mild compared to past years. Last year, 1,600 fires burned about 530,000 acres of forest in the state.
Sep. 23, 2022
Wildfires are growing more frequent and severe, and wildfire season has lengthened by almost three months since the late-1970s. Experts say it’s time to think beyond battling these inevitable blazes and find a way to live with them.
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Sep. 20, 2022
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The city of Las Vegas, New Mexico, earlier this year already endured the devastation of the state's largest fire in recorded history, caused by federal officials carrying out what was supposed to be a prescribed burn to lessen the wildfire danger.
Aug. 23, 2022
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Northern Arizona has been besieged with almost daily flooding after a pair of devastating wildfires near Flagstaff this year. Officials say the price tag to prevent further damage from flooding will be steep: between $125 million and $145 million that will need to come from the U.S. government.
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Aug. 17, 2022
The Tunnel Fire as seen from Mount Elden Lookout
Compared to this time last year, Arizona has seen almost 200 fewer wildfires, saving hundreds of thousands of acres from being burned.
Aug. 17, 2022
Trisha Peralta (left), Jess Leazier (right), and their children
The Leazier family has lived at the same Flagstaff property more than three decades. This past April, theirs was one of 30 homes that burned down in the Tunnel Fire. Their insurance coverage doesn't fully cover the cost of rebuilding — and an insurance consumer advocacy organization said the Leaziers aren't alone.
Aug. 16, 2022
Water quickly overwhelmed small culverts
Federal officials will be in northern Arizona on Wednesday to see the damage from two monsoon rains on several burn scars in the region.
Aug. 16, 2022
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Coconino County officials warned residents that they’re competing for federal funds with other disaster-affected communities throughout the U.S. as flooding continues to threaten Flagstaff.
Aug. 10, 2022
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We hear a lot about the ravages of wildfires on vast swaths of land in the West, of the destruction it can cause to communities, the high cost of fighting it. So it can be hard to see why the Forest Service starts fires.
Aug. 8, 2022
Smoke curls in the air above the Pipeline Fire burning near Flagstaff
More than a dozen wildfires are burning around the state, and the season isn’t over yet. But experts say we need to pay more attention to how homes affect fires and the resulting contamination.
Aug. 4, 2022
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Thursday morning saw the latest storm in what has been a wet monsoon season in Arizona. All the rain is easing drought conditions in some ways — but maybe not others.
Aug. 4, 2022
Dragon Fire
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan package that would help states recover from wildfires and provide half a billion dollars to keep Lake Mead and Lake Powell from dropping to critical levels.
Jul. 29, 2022
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The City of Flagstaff this week secured $2.4 million in federal funding for flood mitigation efforts. Mayor Paul Deasy said a recent fire burn scar is the main focus as rain continues to be in the forecast.
Jul. 29, 2022
Water quickly overwhelmed small culverts
Flagstaff will receive more than $2 million to build detention basins for flooding on its west side as the mountain town continues being pummeled with heavy monsoon rains.
Jul. 28, 2022
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Flagstaff Mayor Paul Deasy on Tuesday said on Twitter he declared a state of emergency as flooding continues throughout the city and Coconino County.
Jul. 26, 2022
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Flagstaff recently experienced two large wildfires — what hotshot firefighter Mark Adams calls “career fires.” And he argues that it’s a matter of when, not if, they’ll significantly damage the city’s iconic landscapes.
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Jul. 26, 2022
Pallets of sandbags
In northern Arizona, flooding threatens about 500 homes, the result of a worst-case scenario where several burn scars in the pine tree mountains are now exposed to a heavy monsoon year.
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Jul. 25, 2022
A view from the O'Leary Peak webcam
Research from Northern Arizona University’s Ecological Restoration Institute will be used to measure the costs, both in dollars and in well-being from forest fires and their flooding aftermath.
Jul. 21, 2022
Dragon Fire
Areas of Grand Canyon National Park that were closed from this summer’s fires have now reopened.
Jul. 21, 2022
a cloud with lightning over phoenix
As Arizona hits the midway point of this year’s monsoon season, the active storms have tamped down other weather phenomena the state is used to in the summer months.
Jul. 21, 2022

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