Wildfires

Storm clouds above the Tiger Fire
Wildfires are on the rise and expected to increase further due to climate change. But the overall climate effects of clouds caused by wildfires remains hazy. A new study that further muddies the waters.
Sep. 15, 2021
Tonto National Forest
The National Forest Service has canceled a bidding process that would allow the Four Forests Initiative to move forward. That’s a major blow to the state’s ability to manage wildfires.
Sep. 15, 2021
paradise on fire by jewell parker rhodes
The past few years have seen some of the biggest wildfires in Arizona history, and other states across the West have also been dealing with increasing wildfire activity. It is in that context that author Jewell Parker Rhodes sets her newest young adult novel, "Paradise on Fire."
Sep. 13, 2021
Joe Biden
Environmentalists gathered at the state Capitol on Friday morning, urging Congress to pass President Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan as part of his budget proposal. It would allocate $3.5 trillion in spending for climate change initiatives, health care and public schools.
Sep. 10, 2021
Tonto National Forest
Tonto National Forest officials have reached an agreement to allow state foresters to carry out projects on federal lands, which is expected to help reduce the risk of wildfire.
Sep. 3, 2021
firefighter equipment going into washer
Goodyear says it’s the first city in the Southwest to invest in technology that thoroughly decontaminates firefighters’ equipment.
Sep. 2, 2021
Power lines
PG&E said it plans to bury around 10,000 miles of power lines. The utility said it’s the “largest effort in the U.S. to underground power lines as a wildfire risk reduction measure.”
Sep. 2, 2021
Smokes rises from the Whitewater-Baldy wildfire burning in the Gila Wilderness of southern New Mexico.
Huge gaps between air quality sensors in the western U.S. have created blind spots in the warning system for wildfire smoke plumes sweeping North America this summer.
Aug. 27, 2021
Flagstaff sign
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s office has issued an emergency declaration to address post-wildfire flooding in Coconino County. In July, the Flagstaff area was hit with heavy rains, which resulted in flooding, and prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency.
Aug. 25, 2021
Smoke rises from the Mescal Fire
The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management is accepting grant applications for landowners whose property was damaged during this summer’s wildfire season. House Bill 2001, the emergency funding passed during the state legislature’s special wildfire session in June, includes $10 million to repair infrastructure for public and private landowners.
Aug. 20, 2021
sandbag
Officials called it a 200- to 500-year rain event, unlikely even at the lower end. But it fell on the burn scar from the 2019 Museum Fire. It flooded a school and dozens of homes. Some areas saw 4 inches of rain.
Aug. 18, 2021
campfire
During Arizona’s peak wildfire season, the state’s Department of Forestry and Fire Management puts restrictions in place to prevent campers from accidentally starting fires. Through KJZZ's Q&AZ project, a listener asked: Where in Arizona can I have a campfire when I am tent camping?
Aug. 15, 2021
Middle Fire Arizona
New research looked at one watershed in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in eastern California to see how climate change interacts with plants and the other vegetation that can become fuel for wildfires.
Aug. 10, 2021
Kyrsten Sinema
The U.S. Senate is drawing closer to voting on a $1 trillion infrastructure bill brokered in part by Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema. Sen. Sinema released a video discussing what the package would mean for Arizonans, including how the bill would help Arizona through its long drought.
Aug. 8, 2021
buffelgrass
Saguaro National Park will resume aerial spraying for buffelgrass on the park’s eastern Rincon Mountain section this month.
Aug. 4, 2021
Firefighters fighting the Backbone Fire
A research team at the Desert Research Institute in Nevada is connecting the dots between two events plaguing the West: COVID-19 vulnerability and wildfires.
Jul. 30, 2021
Bureau of Land Management sign
Apart from bringing much-needed water to the state, recent monsoon activity has also helped to extinguish major wildfires. Dolores Garcia with the Bureau of Land Management in Arizona said those fires that are burning are not sizeable.
Jul. 26, 2021
Tonto National Forest
With the number of fires throughout the state dwindling, the Tonto National Forest has lifted Stage 1 restrictions put in place on May 14.
Jul. 21, 2021
Rain on State Route 89A
Gov. Doug Ducey issued a declaration of emergency on Friday in response to flash flooding in Coconino County. Ducey’s declaration opens the use of $200,000 worth of state funds to the county.
Jul. 16, 2021
Lime Fire helicopter
Monday night a wildfire was reported in the northwest corner of Arizona near the borders with Utah and Nevada, and it grew thousands of acres overnight.
Jul. 14, 2021

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