Wildfires

 Telegraph Fire
The U.S. Forest Service has announced a new plan for wildfire management. The new strategy calls for the Forest Service to coordinate with Western states to thin millions of acres.
Jan. 18, 2022
Tonto National Forest
Officials with the Tonto National Forest are launching an improvement project to reduce the risk of wildfires. It will begin in February.
Jan. 16, 2022
The role of air pollutants in cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses and deaths, including COVID-19, is well known. But a new study suggests climate change and rampant wildfires may be redoubling those effects in the western U.S.
Jan. 6, 2022
Flooding in Gila County
The Globe-Miami area in Gila County experienced flooding issues during this summer’s monsoon season, but the small towns made an effort to be prepared for Friday’s heavy rain.
Dec. 25, 2021
Arizona Trail within the Telegraph Fire
The Arizona Legislature continued its hearings on wildfires last week.
Dec. 21, 2021
Susan Vespoli
It’s season’s endings for “Word” as we close out 2021. What do a former hotshot from Arizona, a Valley poet with a new collection about addiction as well as a planetary scientist and writer from Tucson have in common? They’re part of “Word.” It’s a podcast about literature in Arizona and the region.
Dec. 21, 2021
An aerial view of land burned in the Telegraph Fire
The Tonto National Forest has received funding to pay for replacing dozens of miles of fencing damaged or destroyed in grazing areas by a massive wildfire in east-central Arizona last summer.
Dec. 8, 2021
Fire inmate crew
The state passed the Arizona Healthy Forests Initiative, which calls for the use of inmate crews to help thin fuel in the forest and desert. The goal is to thin 20,000 acres a year and provide job training for inmates.
More news on Arizona wildfires
Dec. 7, 2021
Climate change is extending the length of our wildfire seasons — which used to include a few months of severe danger but are becoming nearly year-round. That means more wildland firefighters who are subject to conditions that could adversely affect their health.
Nov. 29, 2021
Bureau of Land Management sign
Visitors to the Arizona Strip area north of Grand Canyon National Park may be seeing smoke from a prescribed burn.
Nov. 24, 2021
Tonto National Forest
Tonto National Forest will carry out a prescribed burn in the Pleasant Valley and Young area starting Tuesday. The burn will target 15,000 acres and will last through the first week of December.
Nov. 23, 2021
Grand Canyon National Park
Visitors to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim may see smoke for the next couple days as the park carries out prescribed burns.
Nov. 16, 2021
Bush Fire
The bipartisan infrastructure bill recently signed by President Biden included some provisions to help with Western wildfires. The legislation could have long-lasting benefits.
Nov. 11, 2021
Museum Fire
Coconino County's Flood Control District will receive $3.5 million from the U.S. Forest Service for watershed restoration in the area between the 2019 Museum Fire burn scar and Flagstaff.
Nov. 10, 2021
A desert bighorn sheep
A recent aerial survey of bighorn sheep on the Santa Catalina Mountains in southern Arizona is showing some promising news. Arizona Game and Fish Department spokesperson Mark Hart says the population remained stable despite the 2020 Bighorn Fire.
Nov. 9, 2021
Tonto National Forest sign
Cooler temperatures in northern Arizona are translating into favorable conditions for managing the state’s forests. That could mean visitors will see smoke when they travel to the mountains.
Nov. 8, 2021
Tonto National Forest sign
Arizona’s milder autumn temperatures spell relief from the heat for many Arizona residents, but the cooler weather means something else in the high country. Tonto National Forest will carry out prescribed burns near the Strawberry and Pine area.
Nov. 1, 2021
A schematic diagram for the teleconnection between Arctic sea-ice loss and increasing fire hazards over the western U.S.
Wildfires in the American West have grown more frequent and severe over recent decades. New research suggests changes in arctic sea ice might bear part of the blame.
Oct. 29, 2021
prescribed burn
Fire managers from several states and agencies have gathered in northern Arizona for prescribed fire training over the next week.
Oct. 27, 2021
Firefighters fighting the Backbone Fire
Federal agencies and other groups frequently cooperate on fighting wildfires. The Aspen Institute and Nature Conservancy are looking at how they might work to stop fires before they start and convened a panel of experts to talk about the problem.
Oct. 26, 2021

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