Wildfires

Sandbags have become a normal part of people's landscapes in some Flagstaff neighborhoods
A pair of massive floods that started in the mountains looming over the city of Flagstaff last year damaged entire neighborhoods and overwhelmed drainage systems. Now, city, county and federal officials are racing ahead of this year’s monsoons to create new systems to keep the water moving safely.
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Jun. 22, 2022
Tujunga Hotshots work the Pipeline Fire
Ninety-three percent of likely Arizona voters support “increasing spending and measures to prevent forest fires on state land,” according to an April survey conducted by the Center for the Future of Arizona.
Jun. 22, 2022
Payson sign
Researchers say too much fuel in the forest can lead to bigger and hotter wildfires. So a coalition of government agencies and private interests are working to thin the forest near Payson. With wildfires burning throughout the state, it’s easy to forget that fire is part of nature.
Jun. 22, 2022
The Contreras Fire on the Tohono O’odham Reservation southwest of Tucson has gone from being 50% contained to 83% contained in one day.
Jun. 20, 2022
In response to the Pipeline Fire, St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix sent out 25,000 to 30,000 pounds of food and drinks to Flagstaff to help with the fire relief effort.
Jun. 16, 2022
Bush Fire
Experts have been urging Arizonans to be prepared for year-round wildfires. In a recent piece for Slate, Molly Mowery and two co-authors explore how we can continue living in an environment ravaged by fires.
Jun. 14, 2022
The Tujunga Hotshots dig fire line to stop the spread of the Pipeline Fire
A federal judge ordered the release of the man accused of burning toilet paper in the area where the Pipeline Fire erupted in northern Arizona earlier this month.
More Arizona wildfire news
Jun. 12, 2022
Prescribed Burn
As the wildfire seasons continue to get worse in the West, the American Lung Association says air quality is getting worse, too. A new report from the Association says prescribed burns are key to maintaining a healthy environment.
Jun. 9, 2022
A helicopter heading for a water drop on the Crooks Fire
As the summer season approaches in Arizona, so do dry conditions leading to wildfires. Matt Pace, meteorologist with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, says the current active wildfire season will affect the air quality throughout the state.
May. 28, 2022
Lost Lake Fire burns salt cedar and brush along the Colorado River
Crews were able to stop the progression of the Lost Lake Fire near Parker. The fire remains to be just under 6,000 acres, but containment has gone up to 85%.
May. 27, 2022
Elgin Bridge Fire
Officials say a southern Arizona wildfire, which forced evacuations that have since been lifted, is now 30% contained. The roughly 2,149-acre Elgin Bridge Fire is burning on Mustang Mountain.
May. 26, 2022
Grand Canyon
Stage 2 fire restrictions go into effect at 8 a.m. Thursday throughout all of Grand Canyon National Park due to warm and dry weather.
May. 25, 2022
With Memorial Day coming up this weekend, fire restrictions are being put in place around the state. There will be increased fire restrictions at eight southern Arizona National Park sites starting Wednesday.
May. 24, 2022
A map of the San Rafael Fire
A fire is raging at the southern border southeast of Patagonia. The Rafael Fire has burned more than 10,000 acres since it began Saturday.
May. 9, 2022
Tunnel Fire Flagstaff
The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for this weekend in northern Arizona. Flagstaff meteorologist Jeremy Mazone says the warning began Saturday morning, and critical weather conditions may even continue throughout the week.
May. 7, 2022
Bighorn Fire night burnout
Wildfire season has begun early in the Southwest, prompting a commitment from the Biden Administration to mobilize available funding and resources to help. The White House says the number of acres burned across the United States is already 78% higher than the 10-year average for this time of year.
May. 7, 2022
Bureau of Land Management sign
The wildfire season is off to an early start, with the Tunnel and Crooks fires combining to burn nearly 30,000 acres. So the Bureau of Land Management is issuing fire restrictions for much of the state.
May. 4, 2022
smoke rises from a fire
A Burned Area Emergency Response, or BAER team, is currently assessing the next threats from the Tunnel Fire in northern Arizona.
May. 2, 2022
A wildland firefighter at Museum Fire
The city of Flagstaff is working with Coconino County and the Flood Control District to avoid repeat flooding in the burn scar area of 2019’s Museum Fire.
More news about wildfires
Apr. 29, 2022
Tonto National Forest
Stage 1 fire restrictions will be in place starting May 5 in the Coconino National Forest, the Tonto National Forest and southern parts of the Kaibab National Forest.
Apr. 29, 2022

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