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San Luis firefighter contracts COVID-19
As a police officer here recovers from COVID-19 this week, another first responder in the city has tested positive for the coronavirus. A San Luis firefighter recently tested positive for COVID-19, Mayor Gerardo Sanchez confirmed on his Facebook page. Eduardo Ramirez, a spokesman for the San Luis Fire Department, said the firefighter is in quarantine, and said other members of the department who have been in contact with him have or will be tested for the virus.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2020 2:23:25 AM - SOURCE: Yuma Daily Sun
Posted on Thu, 04 Jun 2020 09:23:25 GMT

Stage II fire restrictions implemented in Sedona Fire District
After consulting with local County Emergency Managers and District Rangers, it has been determined that effective Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 at 8 a.m. Sedona Fire District (SFD) is moving into Stage II Fire Restrictions. These restrictions prohibit all open fires, fire pits and campfires. During the period of fire restrictions, no burn permits will be issued and existing burn permits are hereby suspended.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2020 6:06:35 PM - SOURCE: Verde Independent
Posted on Thu, 04 Jun 2020 01:06:35 GMT

Firefighters make progress protecting Pinal community from wildfire
Containment efforts of a wildfire burning near a northern Pinal County community have prevented the need for evacuations, officials said Thursday morning. The lightning-caused wildfire near Queen Valley has has grown to more than 24,000 acres and is 8% contained. It began May 30 in the Superstition Mountains.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2020 10:38:51 AM - SOURCE: Pinal Central - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 04 Jun 2020 17:38:51 GMT

1-year-old boy dies after being pulled from pool in Cave Creek
VIDEO: A 1-year-old boy has died after he was pulled from a pool at a home in Cave Creek Tuesday morning. It happened in the neighborhood southeast of 56th Street and Dixileta Drive. According to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, the boy was pulled from a backyard pool at the home. When deputies arrived on the scene they immediately began CPR until firefighters arrived.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2020 8:45:52 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (
Posted on Wed, 03 Jun 2020 15:45:52 GMT

Firefighters contain brush fire along I-17 in Rimrock
PHOTO: Copper Canyon firefighters spent three hours extinguishing a seven-acre fire Tuesday along Interstate 17 between mileposts 294 and 296. According to Incident Commander Greg Kopf, Copper Canyon responded to several calls around 7 p.m. of a brush fire to the right of northbound traffic in Rimrock.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2020 6:03:40 PM - SOURCE: Verde Independent
Posted on Thu, 04 Jun 2020 01:03:40 GMT

Arizona wildfire season is already ahead of previous year’s pace
Less than three weeks before the start of summer, Arizona wildfire season is in high gear. A 980-acre human-caused Ocotillo Fire in Cave Creek destroyed eight homes last Saturday and forced hundreds of evacuations before it was fully contained Tuesday. It was the second fire in Cave Creek in the past two weeks.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2020 6:45:39 AM - SOURCE: KTAR 620 AM Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 03 Jun 2020 13:45:39 GMT

Update: Cause of Casa Grande warehouse fire still under investigation
PHOTO: Fire investigators were on the scene Tuesday searching for the cause of a blaze Friday that destroyed a vacant warehouse in Casa Grande. Assistant Fire Chief Dave Kean said it’s still uncertain how the fire started in the warehouse on Jimmie Kerr Boulevard, near Interstate 10. It took about four-and-a-half hours for 52 firefighters, including those from Casa Grande Fire Department and several neighboring agencies, to get the blaze under control, Kean said.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2020 3:05:20 PM - SOURCE: Pinal Central
Posted on Tue, 02 Jun 2020 22:05:20 GMT

Firefighters working to control 2-alarm brush fire in Glendale
Firefighters from several agencies are battling a brush fire that broke out Tuesday afternoon. The fire is burning in a river bottom near 115th and Glendale avenues. The Phoenix Fire Department says over 20 acres have burned so far, but no structures are being threatened by the fire.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2020 3:43:55 PM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Tue, 02 Jun 2020 22:43:55 GMT

Two men killed in ATV crash on Mogollon Rim
PHOTO: Two men were killed and a teen badly injured when the off-road vehicle they were in crashed into a tree north of Pine Saturday afternoon. The men were reportedly on Forest Road 144, several miles north of State Route 260 on the Mogollon Rim, in a four-person Can-Am all-terrain vehicle when it went airborne and struck a tree, according to Pine-Strawberry Fire Chief Gary Morris.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2020 2:40:39 PM - SOURCE: Pinal Central
Posted on Tue, 02 Jun 2020 21:40:39 GMT

Man electrocuted by power lines while trimming palm trees in Phoenix
PHOTO: A man died Monday morning after getting electrocuted by power lines while he was trimming trees in Phoenix. According to the Phoenix Fire Department, crews responded to the area of 28th Street and Campbell Avenue after receiving calls that a man had become unresponsive while trimming palm trees around 9 a.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2020 4:41:31 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (
Posted on Mon, 01 Jun 2020 23:41:31 GMT

Evacuations ordered as Sawtooth Fire burns 18,500 acres of Superstition Wilderness
PHOTO: A wildfire in the Superstition Wilderness that started Saturday has reached 18,500 acres and is 8% contained as of Monday night, according to the Tonto National Forest. The fire, named the Sawtooth Fire, was started by lighting and is spreading in the same land as the Woodbury Fire, which burned 123,800 acres in 2019.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2020 10:47:00 PM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Tue, 02 Jun 2020 05:47:00 GMT

Two large dogs rescued from a house fire in south Phoenix
VIDEO: Phoenix Fire responded to a house fire near 8th Street and Carter Road Monday morning. Majority of the fire was in the garage and moved into the side of the house. The fire was extinguished by 6:55 a.m. and firefighters were able to rescue two large dogs that were found unresponsive and provide them with treatment.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2020 7:43:19 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (
Posted on Mon, 01 Jun 2020 14:43:19 GMT

Cottonwood Fire responds to three brush fires
Sunday evening, May 31, the Cottonwood Fire Department, with the assistance of the Verde Valley Fire District, responded to three brush fires within a 30-minute period, according to a news release. While fire cause and origin are still under investigation on all three fires, initial indications are that all of these fires were human-caused, the release said.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2020 10:47:01 AM - SOURCE: Verde Independent
Posted on Mon, 01 Jun 2020 17:47:01 GMT

Abandoned house fire east of Show Low is under investigation
PHOTO: Pinetop Fire Department, Timber Mesa Fire and Medical District, Vernon Fire District and other local agencies responded to a fire in an abandoned structure earlier this afternoon. The unoccupied house is on the east side of Kaibab Lane, off of Little Mormon Lake Road. Officials on scene report that the fire is under control, however, smoke and fire crews and equipment may still be on site.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2020 3:44:56 PM - SOURCE: White Mountain Independent
Posted on Mon, 01 Jun 2020 22:44:56 GMT

Phoenix firefighter rescued after getting trapped by falling beam while battling house fire
VIDEO: A Phoenix firefighter is in the hospital recovering after a beam fell on top of him while he and his crew were battling a house fire Saturday night. According to Phoenix Fire Department officials, crews responded to a house fire near 7th Street and Greenway Road after receiving calls of heavy smoke in the area.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVK 3TV & KPHO CBS 5 Phoenix
Posted on Mon, 01 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Cave Creek feed store catches fire, nearby apartment complex evacuated
VIDEO: A feed store caught fire in Cave Creek early Monday morning, sparking evacuations at a nearby apartment complex. It's happening at the Black Mountain Feed and Tack on Cave Creek Road west of School House Road (north of the Cave Creek Museum). The call went out at about 3:30 a.m. "When we arrived, we did find a fully involved structure, including the hay bales underneath the canopy out there," Shawn Gilleland of the Rural Metro Fire Department explained.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2020 6:52:15 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (
Posted on Mon, 01 Jun 2020 13:52:15 GMT

Retired Phoenix firefighter aims to prevent drownings
When he was a firefighter, Tim Maloney was saddened to respond to child drownings and he knew he wanted to do something to try to prevent these tragedies. That’s why he and his wife, Gina, started their company, Arizona Pool Fence, 20 years ago. Maloney retired as a firefighter for Phoenix Fire Department, where he had worked for more than 20 years and decided to start the business and educate people about drowning prevention.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2020 1:41:45 AM - SOURCE: North Central News
Posted on Mon, 01 Jun 2020 08:41:45 GMT

As Ocotillo Fire burns in Cave Creek, 'I'd just like to know if our home is still there'
PHOTOS: Susie Hagstrom was hot, tired and frustrated. It had been nearly 24 hours since she'd slept, and nearly 24 hours since she and her family were forced to evacuate their home in the path of the fast-moving Ocotillo Fire in Cave Creek. She had no idea whether it was still standing. “I’d just like to know if our home is still there,” she said.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2020 8:39:21 PM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Mon, 01 Jun 2020 03:39:21 GMT

Eight arrested in second night of protests in Tucson, firefighter struck in the face by a rock
PHOTOS: Eight people were arrested Saturday night during the second night of protests in Tucson, including one person accused of aggravated assault after police say he threw rocks at an officer, officials said Sunday. About 400 protesters gathered Saturday night, and at times some of them confronted about 200 officers, throwing rocks and bottles.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2020 8:08:48 PM - SOURCE: Tucson Arizona Daily Star
Posted on Mon, 01 Jun 2020 03:08:48 GMT

Large brush fire in Superstition Mountains caused by lightning
PHOTO: Fire crews are currently battling a large brush fire in the Superstition Mountains. Tonto National Forest officials say the Sawtooth Fire is currently 3,500 acres and is 5 percent contained. Officials say 105 firefighters and overhead support responded to the lightning caused fire. "While this fire is in the same area as last year’s Woodbury Fire, it is too early to determine its future size and intensity," said Mesa District Ranger Matthew Lane.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2020 11:10:09 PM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Mon, 01 Jun 2020 06:10:09 GMT

Cause of large pallet yard fire in Phoenix under investigation
VIDEO: Fire crews battled a second alarm fire in a pallet yard near 35th Avenue and Broadway Road. The main fire was knocked down but crews were putting out hot spots Thursday night. No one was injured in the fire. Firefighters worked in temperatures near 109 degrees. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2020 6:45:20 PM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Fri, 29 May 2020 01:45:20 GMT

Phoenix firefighters rescue driver of pickup truck from canal
PHOTO: Phoenix firefighters rescued the driver of a pickup truck that wound up in a canal Friday morning. It happened in the area of 39th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road. “The patient is uninjured but does need assistance exiting the vehicle,” Capt. Kenny Overton of the Phoenix Fire Department told Arizona’s Family.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2020 6:28:22 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (
Posted on Fri, 29 May 2020 13:28:22 GMT

Debris fire spreads to attic of Tucson home
PHOTO: One person was able to escape without injury when a debris fire spread into the attic of his home early on Friday, May 29. According to information from the Tucson Fire Department, the fire happened just after 3 a.m. at a house in the 100 block of North Euclid Avenue. Someone reported seeing smoke and flames near the house.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2020 6:40:26 AM - SOURCE: Tucson News Now
Posted on Fri, 29 May 2020 13:40:26 GMT

City of Glendale recognizes first responders at Westgate shooting
VIDEO: Parents of two teenagers shot during the Westgate shooting met the first responders who helped save their lives. Glendale Police Officer Destiny Ebersohl and Avondale Firefighter Captain Chris Spire were the first to reach two teenage victims shot by Armando Hernandez Jr. last Wednesday. Alfredo Jaime, 19, was shot in the chest.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2020 8:54:22 PM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Fri, 29 May 2020 03:54:22 GMT

Five residents displaced after Tucson mobile home fire
The Tucson Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire near the southwest side late night Thursday. TFD says crews responded to the area of 4500 block of South Mission Road around 11:51 p.m. after multiple 911 calls were made reporting smoke and flames. Upon arrival, crews pulled a hose line to the front of the house to extinguish the fire and search for any occupants.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2020 9:32:40 AM - SOURCE: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
Posted on Fri, 29 May 2020 16:32:40 GMT

Firefighters gain control of 'Ranch Fire' in Yavapai County
VIDEO: Fire crews say a 250-acre brush fire burning in Yavapai County is almost fully contained. Officials say the human-caused "Ranch Fire" started Wednesday afternoon on OX Ranch, just outside of Congress. When the fire started, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office issued a Code Red "Get Ready" to evacuate message to residents in the area.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2020 4:45:01 PM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 27 May 2020 23:45:01 GMT

U.S. Forest Service tool shows communities in Arizona at high risk for wildfire
If there’s any doubt that wildfire poses a high risk to property in Arizona, the U.S. Forest Service would like to paint a different picture—in blazing reds and flaming yellows. Those colors blanket the state in a tool the service released last month that attempts to show wildfire risk to communities across the nation, using wildfire data from recent years to project the risk to homes, exposure types, vulnerable population statistics and wildfire likelihood.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2020 1:57:49 AM - SOURCE: Peoria Times
Posted on Thu, 28 May 2020 08:57:49 GMT

Brush fire sparked by downed power pole near Pima bridge
The Pima Fire Department is working to extinguish a brush fire in the Gila River bed that was sparked when a tractor accidentally struck down a power pole Wednesday afternoon. The driver of the tractor was not injured, but the department has had its hands full all afternoon keeping the fire away from the Pima bridge, which is one quarter of a mile away.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2020 2:02:49 AM - SOURCE: Eastern Arizona Courier - Metered Site
Posted on Thu, 28 May 2020 09:02:49 GMT

Wildfires: Arizona Department of Transportation urges caution
On a recent weekend, State Route 87 (Beeline Highway) was closed for a couple of hours between Fountain Hills and Payson when a brush fire caused by a person broke out along the roadway. While the exact cause wasn’t immediately determined, the 5.5-acre Oak Fire demonstrates why motorists should secure tow chains, properly inflate tires, check brakes and take other steps to reduce the risk of starting a wildfire.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2020 2:02:43 AM - SOURCE: Fountain Hills Times
Posted on Thu, 28 May 2020 09:02:43 GMT

Gov. Ducey releases federal aid to cities and towns; $5M each to Prescott, Prescott Valley, $1.4M for Chino Valley
With a possible lawsuit looming, Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday, May 27, finally let go of some of the federal cash he got for local communities, including money for Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley. But not all of what could have been released. In fact, Ducey is allocating only $441 million, a quarter of the more than $1.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2020 1:45:16 AM - SOURCE: Daily Courier
Posted on Thu, 28 May 2020 08:45:16 GMT

Mesa prepares plans for Federal CARES Act money
The coronavirus has taken a costly toll across the state. But federal funds as part of the CARES Act are now making their way to some of the hardest hit in our community. The City of Mesa is on the brink of injecting $90 million into its community. It’s one of five Arizona cities/counties with populations greater than 500,000 receiving money from the Federal CARES Act.
- PUB DATE: 5/26/2020 1:11:35 PM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Tue, 26 May 2020 20:11:35 GMT

Fire destroys Chino Valley home; owner escapes in time, officials say home is total loss
The owner of a mobile home escaped an early-morning fire Tuesday, May 26, that consumed about half the double-roof property in the 2300 block of North Navajo Trail in Chino Valley, leaving it a total loss, said Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority Fire Marshal Rick Chase. The authority received a call at about 6:40 a.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2020 1:51:07 AM - SOURCE: Daily Courier
Posted on Wed, 27 May 2020 08:51:07 GMT

Bullhead City Fire: Brush fire burns 3 acres near fieldhouse
About three acres of brush west of the Anderson Group Fieldhouse burned Monday evening in Bullhead City, according to the Bullhead City Fire Department. The fieldhouse wasn’t threatened. BCFD personnel were dispatched to the area at around 9:30 p.m. on the report of a fire at that location. The blaze was more than a quarter-mile from the edge of the fieldhouse property and even farther away from the structure itself, the Colorado River Union High School District said Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 5/26/2020 11:08:10 PM - SOURCE: Mohave Valley Daily News
Posted on Wed, 27 May 2020 06:08:10 GMT

Arizona leaders release FEMA model that predicts COVID-19 cases, deaths
Weeks after learning there is a federal Arizona-specific model, Arizona’s top public health official released the model in an online blog post on Tuesday. Dr. Cara Christ posting in a blog post, that FEMA has authorized them to share the models publicly. The report release May 7 has a number of graphs and data charts that are specific to Arizona.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 27 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Golder Ranch Firefighter Writes Music To Get Through Pandemic
Golder Ranch Fire District Division Chief Scott Robb has performed music both on and off duty for years, but now he’s taking his songs a step further. His latest release, “Thank God for the Lake” serves as a musical escape during pandemic time, and all sales of the single will raise funds for the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tucson Local Media
Posted on Wed, 27 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Hazmat crews respond to semi-truck rollover, natural gas leak in Phoenix
VIDEO: Firefighters say hazmat crews responded to a rolled semi-truck that was leaking natural gas at a Phoenix intersection on Wednesday morning. According to the Phoenix Fire Department, the truck was leaking compressed natural gas following the rollover at 29th Avenue and Happy Valley Road. Firefighters say the driver was able to get out of the truck safely.
- PUB DATE: 5/27/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSAZ-TV FOX 10 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 27 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Mesa fire crews battle massive fire at Sizzler restaurant
VIDEO: Crews with the Mesa Fire and Medical Department battled a massive fire at a Sizzler restaurant early Tuesday morning. The fire broke out just after 4:30 a.m. at the restaurant near Country Club Drive and Southern Avenue. This was a first-alarm fire, meaning at least 50 firefighters were on scene to extinguish the flames.
- PUB DATE: 5/26/2020 6:05:34 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (
Posted on Tue, 26 May 2020 13:05:34 GMT

Jackrabbit Fire burns nearly 1,800 acres southwest of Wickenburg
Firefighters are working to contain a wildfire burning southwest of Wickenburg. They were first called out to the fire on South Vulture Mine Road near Aguila Road on Monday afternoon. When they got there, the Jackrabbit Fire had burned 10 acres. Within two hours, the flames had burned 150 acres. And by 8 p.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2020 11:53:41 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (
Posted on Tue, 26 May 2020 06:53:41 GMT

Fire department says 2 families displaced, 3 dogs dead in Phoenix house fires
Firefighters say two families have been displaced and three dogs are dead after a double house fire in Phoenix Sunday. Officials say the fire was reported as coming from the backyard of one of the homes and when crews arrived, they discovered two houses on fire. Firefighters then deployed hand lines into one of the homes to gain control over the fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2020 5:42:44 PM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Mon, 25 May 2020 00:42:44 GMT

Update: 5 juveniles accused of starting a wildfire near Bagdad in Yavapai County
Authorities say five juveniles are accused of starting a wildfire in Yavapai County that forced the evacuation of 150 homes. The fire burned 65 acres in the small town of Bagdad before being brought under control Friday. County Sheriff's officials say the juveniles were smoking despite a fire ban on the area when the blaze began Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2020 10:42:17 AM - SOURCE: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
Posted on Sun, 24 May 2020 17:42:17 GMT

Crews secure natural gas leak in Scottsdale
Firefighters worked to secure a natural gas leak near a fire Monday afternoon. A witness said they heard the leak and saw a large pillar of smoke at a conference room for the Andaz Scottsdale resort in the area of Scottsdale Road and Rose Lane. Southwest Gas crews worked with firefighters to secure the leak.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2020 2:18:19 PM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Mon, 25 May 2020 21:18:19 GMT

Officials fighting 48-acre Robbins Fire burning near Buckeye
Officials are fighting a brush fire that sparked near Buckeye late Sunday. The Arizona Department of Forestry said the fire, called the Robbins Fire, started in the Robbins Butte Game Preserve. It has since burned into the river bottom, officials said. The fire is burning about 48 acres six miles southwest of Buckeye.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2020 1:16:01 PM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Mon, 25 May 2020 20:16:01 GMT

Park Fire forces 150 homes to evacuate near Bagdad in Yavapai County
The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office issued evacuations for the Bagdad area due to a wildfire on Thursday afternoon. Deputies said they were told about the fire around 2:45 p.m. The wildfire, now called the Park Fire, is burning in the neighborhood of Lindahl, Navaho and east Park drives. About 60 acres have been scorched.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2020 3:52:03 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (
Posted on Fri, 22 May 2020 10:52:03 GMT

Phoenix, Daisy Mountain crews battle 'Purcell Fire' near Interstate-17 and Anthem Way
VIDEO: Phoenix and Daisy Mountain Firefighters are currently battling a brush fire near Interstate-17 and Anthem Way. Officials say the "Purcell Fire," is estimated to be 190 acres by the Bureau of land management and Arizona State Forestry. Fire crews are working to extinguish the fire with the help of helicopter and airtankers.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2020 9:07:35 AM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Fri, 22 May 2020 16:07:35 GMT

Hellsgate Fire District exploring options
The Hellsgate Fire District is back to the drawing board. After the Payson Town Council recently turned down a proposal to have the Payson Fire Department provide chief services starting in October when Hellsgate’s fire chief retires, Hellsgate’s fire board is exploring other options. They include an alternative partnership with Payson and hiring a new, part-time chief.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2020 9:16:53 AM - SOURCE: Payson Roundup - Metered Site
Posted on Fri, 22 May 2020 16:16:53 GMT

Phoenix firefighters seeing increase in structure fires as temperatures rise
As temperatures rise in Phoenix, so do the amount of structure fires. The Phoenix Fire Department reported a busy week with multiple house fires dating back to Sunday. Heat has proven itself to be a fire starter in the Valley, which can already been seen in its destruction in this year’s brush fire season.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2020 12:36:40 AM - SOURCE: KTAR 620 - Newsradio
Posted on Fri, 22 May 2020 07:36:40 GMT

Archeologist/firefighter awarded by Grand Canyon Historical Society
Indiana Jones aside, archaeologists are usually retiring types, more comfortable among the relics of the past than living humans. That certainly described Jason Nez until about five years ago when developers started eyeing the Confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado Rivers, a sacred place in Navajo cosmology not far from his home on Coalmine Mesa, for a tramway and resort.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2020 1:16:47 PM - SOURCE: Navajo Times
Posted on Thu, 21 May 2020 20:16:47 GMT

Officials: As if firefighting in Arizona wasn’t dangerous enough, crews grapple with COVID-19
As if fighting fires wasn’t dangerous enough, firefighters now have to worry about COVID-19 while they’re on the job, making for what fire officials say will be the “most challenging season we’re going to have.” Strategies to check the spread of the disease include everything from avoiding eating together in large mess halls to splitting the regular 10-person fire crew into two teams of five.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2020 2:28:06 AM - SOURCE: Peoria Times
Posted on Thu, 21 May 2020 09:28:06 GMT

Arizona first responders in New York City to help overloaded crews
VIDEO: Four Arizona firefighters with Rural Metro Fire are in New York City, one of the hardest hit cities for coronavirus. "Naturally I wanted to help and said go ahead and put my name in, and less than a day later I was on a plane," said Shawn Gilleland, a spokesperson for Rural Metro Fire. Gilleland's job is to speak with news stations.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2020 10:11:05 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (
Posted on Thu, 21 May 2020 05:11:05 GMT

Flagstaff Fire Department extinguishes small fire near Butler Avenue and Fourth Street
On Tuesday at approximately 3 p.m., the Flagstaff Fire Department responded to the wooded area near Butler Avenue and Fourth Street for a report of a wildfire, according to a press release. Crews on scene found about a quarter-acre fire burning on the ground and fire beginning to get into the trees due to the high winds at the time.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2020 5:05:03 PM - SOURCE: Arizona Daily Sun
Posted on Thu, 21 May 2020 00:05:03 GMT

Yuma Proving Ground firefighter in critical condition after crash on I-8
A Yuma Proving Ground firefighter is in critical condition after a wrong-way driver crashed into his vehicle early Sunday morning on Interstate 8. Andrew Swick lives in Dewey in the Prescott Valley, and commutes to YPG for his shifts. He was on his way to work just before 6:30 a.m. when the accident happened.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2020 1:03:45 PM - SOURCE: Yuma Sun - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 20 May 2020 20:03:45 GMT

Peakview Fire in northeast Scottsdale almost completely contained
Firefighters have almost completely contained a brush fire in northeast Scottsdale, named the Peakview Fire. Ryan Wick, a Rural Metro Fire spokesperson, said the fire was 90% contained as of Wednesday afternoon. The cause of the fire was still under investigation. The fire started Tuesday morning south of Rio Verde Road and traveled across the road, growing to be about 30 acres by 11 a.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2020 2:16:39 PM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 20 May 2020 21:16:39 GMT

Fire chases family of 11 from west Phoenix home
VIDEO: A family of 11, seven of them children, escaped a fire at a west Phoenix home early Wednesday morning. It happened in the neighborhood northeast of 43rd and Glendale avenues. According to the Phoenix Fire Department, the fire started in the laundry room and quickly moved into the walls. Crews from Phoenix and Glendale managed to keep the flames from spreading, but the house is uninhabitable.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2020 8:41:16 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (
Posted on Wed, 20 May 2020 15:41:16 GMT

New safety gear protects Green Valley Fire District first responders during COVID-19
VIDEO: The Green Valley Fire District has been doing a little online shopping as they plan to buy a new piece of safety gear for first responders. The Power Air-Purifying Respirators, otherwise known as PAPRs, are designed to protect first responders in a pandemic like COVID-19. Instead of having to wear a mask as they work, emergency crews can wear these respirators.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2020 6:51:34 AM - SOURCE: KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson
Posted on Wed, 20 May 2020 13:51:34 GMT

Will Arizona get hit by a second wave of COVID-19? Here's what we know
Arizona is slowly reopening, but hospitals in the state continue to see severely ill COVID-19 patients and providers are bracing for another surge. Not only are health leaders preparing for a continuation of COVID-19 in Arizona and a possible surge of illness in the fall and winter, but they are also preparing for 2021, too.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2020 8:37:31 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 20 May 2020 15:37:31 GMT

Fire damages vacant midtown Tucson home
Firefighters from the Tucson Fire Department were called to an unoccupied home after someone reported seeing smoke shortly after 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 20. According to information from TFD, the fire was in the area of North Stone Avenue and East Fort Lowell Road. An empty pool in the backyard posed a possible fall hazard for crew members trying to extinguish the fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2020 6:51:28 AM - SOURCE: KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson
Posted on Wed, 20 May 2020 13:51:28 GMT

Crews battle brush fire threatening homes in Scottsdale
Firefighters are battling a brush fire that has ignited in the Scottsdale/Rio Verde area. It’s burning near 144th Street and Rio Verde Drive, about 10 miles southeast of the East Desert Fire. Rural Metro crews say they are assisting Phoenix and Scottsdale fire departments in fighting the blaze, which is estimated to be about 30 acres in size as of 11 a.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2020 10:44:23 AM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Tue, 19 May 2020 17:44:23 GMT

Phoenix police detain person in connection to South Mountain brush fire
PHOTOS: Phoenix police have detained one person who might have information about or involvement in a fire that sparked on South Mountain Monday night. Phoenix Fire Department said they originally received a call about small brush fires on South Mountain. When their crews arrived at the mountain to find the fire, officers from the Phoenix Police Department discovered someone there.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2020 7:43:27 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (
Posted on Tue, 19 May 2020 14:43:27 GMT

East Desert Fire near Cave Creek up to 50% containment, evacuations order still active
Fire crews working the East Desert Fire near Cave Creek are making progress. As of Tuesday morning – day three of the fire – the size was still about 1,500 acres, but containment jumped to 50%. Although things appear to be going well, fire officials say it still could be some time, at least another day, before evacuated residents are allowed to go home.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2020 10:42:37 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (
Posted on Tue, 19 May 2020 17:42:37 GMT

Lemonade-makin' kids donate $100 to Heber-Overgaard Fire District
PHOTOS: How do you spend your time with grandma when school is not in session? Some kids might play outside, challenge one another to video game matches or ride bikes. But after the fun and freedom of an extended summer wears off, some kids get to thinking about others. This is just what four Overgaard kids did under the guidance of their grandmother, Susan Thorson.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2020 6:15:04 AM - SOURCE: White Mountain Independent
Posted on Tue, 19 May 2020 13:15:04 GMT

Arizona firefighters face social-distancing test in Cave Creek blaze
Firefighters battling a blaze north of Phoenix are facing their first big test in social distancing during a sizable assignment. The East Desert Fire burning in Cave Creek has been contained 50% at 1,492 acres, fire officials said Tuesday. About 250 personnel were at the scene of the fire, making it difficult to stick to federal guidelines on staying at least 6 feet from anyone else to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2020 10:45:13 AM - SOURCE: KTAR 620 - Newsradio
Posted on Tue, 19 May 2020 17:45:13 GMT

East Desert Fire evacuee says rescue group saved horses
VIDEO: On Monday, firefighters continued to battle the East Desert Fire in Cave Creek, where 130 homes have been evacuated, according to the Arizona State Forestry. Cave Creek resident, Priscilla Bokhara, said when she saw "Seven Sisters" ridge, all she could think about was saving her livestock, two pigs and three horses.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2020 4:39:27 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (
Posted on Mon, 18 May 2020 23:39:27 GMT

Human-caused East Desert Fire in north Phoenix grows to 1,500 acres, 20% contained
A brush fire burning in north Phoenix near Cave Creek has grown to 1,500 acres as of early Monday, according to AZ State Forestry. The East Desert Fire, which was burning near 24th Street and Desert Hills Drive, quickly spread to hundreds of acres Sunday afternoon, fueled by wind through dry grass and brush.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV ABC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Mon, 18 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Glendale fire chief’s legacy of innovation, compassion lives on after his death
PHOTO: Former Glendale fire Chief Glenn Gray Crabtree died this month, six days shy of his 82nd birthday. Though Chief Crabtree retired 31 years ago, his impact on the Glendale Fire Department, on the city and on the Valley live on even after his death. “(He left) really, really great legacy. You never wanted to let him down.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2020 7:52:18 AM - SOURCE: Sun Cities Independent
Posted on Mon, 18 May 2020 14:52:18 GMT

Scottsdale: Structure damaged after gas explosion
PHOTO: An apparent gas explosion damaged a structure on Sunday, the Scottsdale Fire Department said. Units arrived at the scene after getting a call about a reported BBQ out of control, firefighters said. They found the damage from the apparent explosion when they arrived on the scene. The units found no active fire and the gas was secured to the structure, firefighters said.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2020 3:05:31 PM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Sun, 17 May 2020 22:05:31 GMT

Fire crews battle 'Oak Fire' near State Route 87, south of Payson
VIDEO: Fire crews with the Payson Fire Department and Tonto Basin Fire Department had their hands full battling a brush fire south of Payson Sunday. Officials say the 5.5-acre "Oak Fire" ignited around noon near State Highway 87, south of State Highway 188. A total of 75 firefighters, six engines, three water tenders, one helicopter, an air attack and two fire investigators from the Payson and Tonto Basin Fire Departments responded to the fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Mon, 18 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Phoenix fire crews rescue injured tree trimmer - and finish the yard work
PHOTO: Phoenix Fire crews went beyond the call of duty after helping rescue a man who fell 15 feet while trimming a tree for an elderly woman on May 17. Officials say the man was treated and taken to the hospital in stable condition - but their job wasn't over yet. "Station 25 grabbed rakes & finished the job," the fire department wrote in a tweet.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSAZ-TV FOX 10 Phoenix
Posted on Mon, 18 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

One person found dead following apartment fire on Tucson’s south side
Officials are investigating an apartment fire that left one person dead Thursday afternoon. Firefighters were dispatched to an apartment complex on the 100 block of west Valencia Road at 1:52 p.m. May 14, according to a news release from TFD, where they arrived four minutes later and saw smoke coming from the windows and door frame of a second-story apartment.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2020 3:41:17 PM - SOURCE: Tucson News Now
Posted on Thu, 14 May 2020 22:41:17 GMT

Man bit by rattlesnake air-lifted off South Mountain in Phoenix
A man was rescued from South Mountain Friday morning after a rattlesnake on the trail bit him. Capt. Rob McDade of the Phoenix Fire Department said the man, who is in his 50s, was hoisted off the mountain with the department's helicopter. He was complaining of feeling dizzy and weak, but was alert and talking.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AZ
Posted on Fri, 15 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Bees swarm at Oro Valley Marketplace, three people stung
Three people were stung by bees swarming at Oro Valley Marketplace on Thursday, May 14. According to the Golder Ranch Fire District, the incident happened shortly after noon near the Sports Clips. People in the building on the far west end of Oro Valley Marketplace were advised to shelter in place. The three victims received minor injuries and declined transport to the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2020 2:46:31 PM - SOURCE: Tucson News Now
Posted on Thu, 14 May 2020 21:46:31 GMT

As restaurants reopen statewide, fire marshal issues friendly warning
Area restaurants are reopening their dining rooms after nearly two months of forced closures, and the Central Arizona Fire & Medical Authority (CAFMA) fire marshal is reminding everyone that COVID-19 is not the only danger to avoid. “In recent days we have read news stories ... in which at least one restaurant in Ohio has installed shower curtains between tables and booths,” Fire Marshal Rick Chase said.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2020 1:41:02 AM - SOURCE: The Daily Courier
Posted on Thu, 14 May 2020 08:41:02 GMT

Fire crew comes to the rescue of 7 ducklings stuck in Phoenix storm drain
PHOTOS: All in a day's work! Some Phoenix firefighters came to the rescue of more than half a dozen baby ducks on Monday. The duckies somehow found themselves stuck in a storm drain in west Phoenix. Witnesses heard their pitiful peeps and called for help. That's when the crew of Engine 54 rolled in to the rescue.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2020 6:43:36 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (
Posted on Thu, 14 May 2020 01:43:36 GMT

Three dogs die after being attacked by swarm of bees on Tucson's east side
This story has been corrected to reflect Tucson Fire's latest information on the number of dogs that died in the attack. Three dogs were attacked by bees on Tucson's east side Wednesday afternoon. According to TFD, the incident happened at S Calle Polar, near Golf Links and Wilmot. Initially, Tucson Fire reported one dog died as a result of the attack.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2020 3:43:54 PM - SOURCE: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
Posted on Wed, 13 May 2020 22:43:54 GMT

Tucson: Southside pastor upset after third fire at church in over two months
One pastor of a church on the southside is looking for answers after three fires at his church since March. Pastor Gene Chewning, with Living Word Your Friendly Church Home Assembly of God, said the first fire on March 3 burned down their Sunday school. On April 17, the shed next to the church caught fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVOA-TV NBC 4 Tucson
Posted on Thu, 14 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Plane lands in desert east of Deer Valley Airport in Phoenix, two people on board OK
PHOTO: The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after a plane landed in the desert near Deer Valley Airport in Phoenix. The incident happened around 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday morning near 7th Street and Deer Valley Road. According to the FAA, a single-engine Mooney M20 aircraft landed in a desert area, one mile east of Deer Valley.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2020 9:46:30 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (
Posted on Wed, 13 May 2020 16:46:30 GMT

Stage 2 fire restrictions underway in Arizona
The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) put in place Stage 2 fire restrictions Tuesday, May 12, according to a release. “Fire restrictions are a tool many agencies use to restrict activities known to be the most common causes of wildfires,” a May 11 news release stated.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2020 2:07:45 AM - SOURCE: Daily Courier
Posted on Wed, 13 May 2020 09:07:45 GMT

Hellsgate Fire Department strikes out
Like Rocky, the Hellsgate Fire Department keeps getting up and coming back for more hits from the Payson Town Council. The most recent came on May 5, when the council voted down a proposal for Payson to provide a battalion chief to serve as Hellsgate’s chief. The proposal would have split the cost of the position between Hellsgate and Payson.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2020 1:01:45 PM - SOURCE: Payson Roundup - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 12 May 2020 20:01:45 GMT

Fire extinguished at Tiny's restaurant in Payson
A two-alarm fire badly damaged the kitchen at Tiny’s Family Restaurant Sunday night, the night before the owners were to reopen the dining room. Around 11:50 p.m. someone spotted flames on the northwest corner of the roof of Tiny’s, 600 E. Highway 260, and reported it to police. Once inside, Payson Fire Department firefighters found a fire in the kitchen.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2020 1:01:42 PM - SOURCE: Payson Roundup
Posted on Tue, 12 May 2020 20:01:42 GMT

Firefighters investigate popping sounds in Phoenix pool pump room
Fire crews responded to a report of explosions coming from a pool pump room at an apartment complex near Third Avenue and Indian School Road Monday night. The first firefighters to arrive said they heard popping sounds coming from the pool room. They also found a gas line leading to the room. Utility companies secured the gas and power to the pool room, and the popping stops.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2020 11:07:03 PM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Tue, 12 May 2020 06:07:03 GMT

Wildfire burning critical tortoise habitat in northwest Arizona
Crews are battling a brush fire that has grown to more than 36,000 acres in the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument that is burning in a "critical tortoise habitat," according to the Bureau of Land Management Arizona. The fire is named the Basin Fire and is burning 25 miles southeast of Mesquite, Nevada.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2020 8:45:09 PM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Tue, 12 May 2020 03:45:09 GMT

Related: High winds fanning lightning-caused Basin Fire in northwestern Arizona
Fire crews in far northwestern Arizona are battling a new brush fire that's been named the Basin Fire. The blaze broke out Monday in a desert area about 20 miles southeast of the town of Mesquite, and very near the Arizona/Nevada border. The fire has grown quickly as the flames were fanned by strong winds.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2020 10:43:28 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (
Posted on Tue, 12 May 2020 05:43:28 GMT

Brush fire near Phoenix neighborhood under control
VIDEO: The Phoenix Fire Department put out a brush fire that broke out Monday afternoon. The fire was near 40th Street and Lone Mountain Road. Heavy smoke and burnt brush could be seen just a few hundred yards from homes. Firefighters were assisted the department's helicopter to help protect structures, and the department has contacted the Arizona State Land Department.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2020 6:43:51 PM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Tue, 12 May 2020 01:43:51 GMT

Chandler fire chief: Higher case count in 85224 ZIP code may be related to hospital, senior living facilities
With 168 COVID-19 cases reported as of May 8, Chandler's 85224 ZIP code has the highest total case count out of all six city ZIP codes, according to data from the Arizona Department of Health Services. Chandler Fire Department Chief Tom Dwiggins said the higher number may be related to the location of Chandler Regional Medical Center and the number of senior living facilities also in that ZIP code.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Community Impact Newspaper
Posted on Tue, 12 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

More than 100 firefighters battle blaze at Phoenix industrial building
VIDEO: More than 100 firefighters worked to extinguish a fire at a big, Phoenix industrial facility engulfed in flames Sunday afternoon. It happened on 19th Avenue, between I-17 and Lower Buckeye Road. Fire officials say a large column of smoke coming from the building could be seen from miles away.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2020 7:46:43 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (
Posted on Mon, 11 May 2020 14:46:43 GMT

Late Graham County Search and Rescue member honored
PHOTO: A departed Graham County Search & Rescue volunteer was given "last call" by Gila Valley first responders Friday afternoon. With lights and sirens on, Search & Rescue members, paramedics, firefighters and law enforcement officers from around the valley paid their respects to Ted Jackson of Safford, who passed away Tuesday, May 5 at the age of 56.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2020 1:01:28 PM - SOURCE: Eastern Arizona Courier
Posted on Sun, 10 May 2020 20:01:28 GMT

Melted, live electric line creates challenge in fighting Tucson house fire
A live electric line that had melted and fallen on the ground complicated Tucson firefighters' effort to douse a house fire in the 7700 block of East Lee Street late Saturday afternoon. Multiple neighbors and witnesses called 911 shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday to report a garage fire. Tucson Fire arrived at the scene to find the house fully engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2020 2:27:17 AM - SOURCE: Tucson Arizona Daily Star
Posted on Sun, 10 May 2020 09:27:17 GMT

Fire sparks at Phoenix home
VIDEO: It was a scary call today for firefighters in west Phoenix while battling flames at a home. Crews were called to a house on Vernon Avenue, near 67th Avenue and Thomas Road this morning for reports of heavy smoke. When they arrived they found flames shooting from the roof of the single-story home.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2020 11:59:40 AM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Sun, 10 May 2020 18:59:40 GMT

Phoenix firefighter dies after 13-year battle with occupational cancer
A member of the Phoenix Fire Department has died after battling occupational cancer for more than a decade. Firefighter Dave Mathis passed away peacefully in hospice Tuesday, following his battle with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma — a battle he was fighting since 2007. According to the Phoenix Fire Department, Mathis was one of the first members assisted by the Local 493 Cancer Support Program, and among the first to get his cancer approved under the original 2001 Cancer Presumptive law.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2020 7:48:19 PM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Fri, 08 May 2020 02:48:19 GMT

Payson could lose firefighters because of salary complaints
At least six Payson firefighters have applied for jobs elsewhere, a sign of a worrisome level of turnover in the department, the town council learned at its May 5 meeting. The reason: low pay and insufficient credit for experience. While the town had done two salary studies, neither has adequately addressed police and fire salaries.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Payson Roundup - Metered Site
Posted on Fri, 08 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Two snake bite incidents reported in Green Valley
Green Valley Fire District responded to two snake bite incidents over the past two days. The first incident happened on Thursday. GVFD says a 67-year-old woman was bit by a rattlesnake while walking her dog on the front patio of her home. The woman declined transport by ambulance, but was driven to the hospital by her husband.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2020 9:16:23 AM - SOURCE: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
Posted on Fri, 08 May 2020 16:16:23 GMT

Former Tucson paramedic discharged from hospital, recovering from COVID-19
VIDEO: In an emotional send-off from Saint Mary’s Hospital on Thursday afternoon, former Tucson Fire Department firefighter and St. Mary’s Hospital paramedic Larry Delfs was released after spending nearly seven weeks in the hospital. He was undergoing treatment for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2020 10:49:01 PM - SOURCE: Tucson News Now
Posted on Fri, 08 May 2020 05:49:01 GMT

Lost Dutchman Fire consumes 260 acres, forces evacuations in Apache Junction
VIDEO: Fire crews in Apache Junction spent Thursday afternoon and evening putting out a large brush fire that closed a portion of State Route 88. State officials say the forward progress of the fire has been stopped. About 160 firefighters from multiple agencies came together fight the flames, which burned roughly 260 acres.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2020 6:05:29 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (
Posted on Fri, 08 May 2020 01:05:29 GMT

First case of virus in Pine confirmed
Officials confirmed the first positive case of coronavirus in Pine this week. It marks the 15th case in Gila County. Officials say it is a male in his 60s who has been self-isolating for some time because of other medical issues. The man reportedly had surgery and was traveling to the Valley for doctor appointments and rehabilitation, said Pine-Strawberry Fire Chief Gary Morris.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2020 1:00:33 PM - SOURCE: Payson Roundup
Posted on Wed, 06 May 2020 20:00:33 GMT

Accident injures several in Lake Havasu City
PHOTO: A three-vehicle accident injured several at the intersection of Acoma and McCulloch Boulevards Wednesday morning. Lake Havasu City first responders arrived at the scene shortly after 10 a.m., where at least one vehicle had rolled over. Firefighters freed several passengers from their vehicles, and at least two motorists were transported by ambulance from the scene.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2020 11:07:23 AM - SOURCE: Lake Havasu City News-Herald
Posted on Wed, 06 May 2020 18:07:23 GMT

How Firefighters Are Preparing For Arizona's Wildfire Season
Arizona’s wildfire season shouldn’t kick into high gear for several weeks, but smaller fires have already burned this spring. A wetter winter — along with COVID-19-related complications — will likely lead to greater challenges for firefighters when more damaging and destructive blazes get underway in more fuel-filled areas.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KJZZ National Public Radio, Phoenix
Posted on Thu, 07 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

CAFMA, United Yavapai Firefighters Reach First MOU Agreement
The Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) and the United Yavapai Fire Fighters Association Local 3066 celebrated a first this week, with the organizations agreeing to a. Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concerning wages, hours worked, and working conditions of CAFMA-employed firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Signals AZ
Posted on Wed, 06 May 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Loud thank you in Douglas: Local healthcare workers lauded Douglas Fire, Police Department style
PHOTO: The Douglas police and fire departments let healthcare providers in Douglas know just how much they are valued, especially during this COVID-19 crisis, with an appreciation parade on Thursday. DFD Fire Chief Kevin Lomeli said the idea for the parade came from the nationwide show of support first responders have been extending towards healthcare workers in their communities.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2020 1:42:38 AM - SOURCE: Douglas Dispatch
Posted on Wed, 06 May 2020 08:42:38 GMT

Fort Mohave Mesa Fire Department adopt method to sterilize, reuse N95 masks
The Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department is an example of a small but mighty professional organization that uses creativity and innovation in these difficult times. Currently coping with the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging enough with almost daily changes in guidelines and health protocols to enact, then add in regular fire and emergency medical services ambulance calls, and these guys have their work cut out for them.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2020 11:11:28 PM - SOURCE: Mohave Valley Daily News
Posted on Wed, 06 May 2020 06:11:28 GMT

Hiker rescued at Phoenix's Papago Park after injuring leg
PHOTOS: A hike at Phoenix's Papago Park was cut short and ended with a ride in an ambulance on Tuesday night. Firefighters said the man was with a group of friends when he fell and injured his leg. Firefighters were called out around 8 p.m. They say they found him in a very steep area on the south side in a crevasse.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2020 10:42:14 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (
Posted on Wed, 06 May 2020 05:42:14 GMT

'They're going to need our support': Family of seven lose everything in Whetstone fire
A Whetstone family of seven — five young children and two adults — lost everything in a massive fire Monday evening that drew emergency responders from multiple agencies. Around 9:35 p.m. Whetstone Fire District units responded to 911 calls with reports of a residential fire on the 100 block of Via Papaya, just east of the fire station.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2020 6:37:13 PM - SOURCE: Sierra Vista Herald
Posted on Wed, 06 May 2020 01:37:13 GMT



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