Wildfires

Person cuts tree with chainsaw as others look on
With fires growing in size and duration, federal officials in charge of juggling resources and dispatching crews are pivoting to a new business model they describe as the biggest shift in wildfire management in decades.
Apr. 9, 2024
Fire burns through trees in the distance
Hobbs joined fire officials to urge Arizonans and tourists to take several common-sense steps to mitigate fire risks ahead of Arizona’s wildfire season, which runs from April to July.
Mar. 18, 2024
Route 66 sign along a highway against a desert sunset with mountains in the distance
A wildfire has burned around 3,800 acres along both sides of Route 66, mostly in dense grass there.
Mar. 6, 2024
San Francisco Peaks
Officials in northern Arizona will treat more than 12,000 acres of forest on the San Francisco Peaks to try to stave off destructive fires near Flagstaff.
Mar. 4, 2024
Smoke from the Diamond Fire
State forestry officials are preparing for the upcoming fire season. The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management says recent rain and snow has caused a growth spurt of grass in foothills across the state, meaning more fuel.
Mar. 2, 2024
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The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management is sending crews and equipment to Texas to assist in the battle against the largest wildfire in state history. At least two people have died.
Mar. 1, 2024
Flagstaff Arizona sign Fort Valley Road
Experts say a catastrophic wildfire through the San Francisco Peaks could result in nearly $3 billion in damages.
Feb. 26, 2024
The Diamond Fire doubles overnight
Officials are warning residents to clear out fire hazards on their property in Scottsdale and other surrounding areas. People can use a program to identify those fire hazards.
Feb. 24, 2024
Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) rendering
The Show spoke with Chris Hakkenberg, assistant research professor at Northern Arizona University, about his work studying forest health and biodiversity with a space laser.
Jan. 29, 2024
Areas of fire between trees
The Show spoke with John Williams, an ecologist at University of California, Davis and project scientist in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, about how new research is saying prescribed burns can — and should — be used more often.
Jan. 24, 2024
A Tonto National Forest sign sits under the sun on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2023 near Superior, Arizona.
Tonto National Forest officials are planning a new project to lower the risk of wildfires and improve forest health.
Jan. 15, 2024
Excavator moves dirt
Coconino County officials say wildfire threat and the resulting flooding are the most prominent dangers in the region. And in an election year, they caution that there’s no guarantee that federal dollars will continue coming in to stop it.
Dec. 15, 2023
 Pipeline Fire
Last year’s Pipeline Fire led to erosion of the city of Flagstaff’s 13-mile-long infrastructure that runs spring water to the city’s distribution system.
Dec. 6, 2023
After half a century of efforts to clean up air quality in the U.S., new research finds the toll from wildfires may be overwhelming health gains in the West.
Nov. 30, 2023
prescribed burn
Even as climate change warms the Sonoran Desert, Valley residents can look forward to cooler temperatures during the holidays. The season also marks the arrival of prescribed burns in the Arizona high country.
Nov. 29, 2023
downtown tucson
The Show spoke with Dr. Theresa Cullen, director of the Pima County Health Department, about potential air filtration centers.
Nov. 27, 2023
Firefighters congregate in burned area on the Dude Fire
In 1990, the Dude Fire killed six firefighters and burned more than 24 thousand acres near Payson. Although the fire burned more than three decades ago, work on restoring the watershed continues.
Nov. 22, 2023
Grand Canyon National Park
As visitation to the Grand Canyon’s North Rim declines and temperatures cool, the park will work with the U.S. Forest Service to carry out prescribed burns over the next two weeks.
Nov. 15, 2023
Rural Metro on the scene of the Diamond Fire
In areas covered by private fire companies, costs can be covered by subscriptions. However, some residents claimed they were unaware that such options were even offered.
Nov. 7, 2023
 Maid Fire
The so-called Maid Fire in northern Arizona is now fully contained, U.S. Forest Service officials announced Monday.
Nov. 6, 2023

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