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Person dies in 1st alarm house fire in Glendale
VIDEO: Glendale firefighters say a person has died following a 1st alarm house fire near 57th Avenue and Mountain View Road Sunday. Officials say at around 5 a.m. a person contacted 911 after spotting a house with fire coming from the backyard while walking their dog. When Glendale firefighters arrived on scene the single-story home had a large amount of fire coming from the home and possible sounds of ammunition.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2020 3:45:28 PM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV Channel 15 ABC
Posted on Sun, 02 Aug 2020 22:45:28 GMT

Clean-up and rebuilding planned after bridge fire, demolition at Tempe Town Lake
VIDEO: Just five days after a train derailed and caught fire on the Salt River bridge over Tempe Town Lake, a portion of the bridge and two rail cars came crashing down in a planned explosion Sunday morning. This was the next step necessary for crews to go in, clean up, and take steps toward rebuilding the damaged bridge.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2020 2:47:01 PM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Sun, 02 Aug 2020 21:47:01 GMT

Related: Two workers transporting chemical from derailed train hurt in Tempe
The Tempe Fire Department said Friday that two contract workers were hurt when a chemical they were transporting from a freight train car that derailed earlier this week leaked from a hose. The tank car was carrying cyclohexanone, a pale and oily liquid that is toxic and flammable. As a worker was disconnecting a hose from the car, he heard a loud bang and liquid from the hose sprayed his face.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2020 1:02:12 AM - SOURCE: Daily Miner
Posted on Sun, 02 Aug 2020 08:02:12 GMT

Arizona reports 2,992 new COVID-19 cases and 53 deaths, hospital data improving
Hospitalizations continue gradual declines from their mid-July peaks, as Arizona reported another 2,992 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday and 53 more known deaths. Inpatient hospitalizations, ICU beds in use and ventilators in use all continued gradual downward trends on Friday, according to hospital data reported to the state.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2020 10:45:00 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Sat, 01 Aug 2020 17:45:00 GMT

Pig Fire in Coconino National Forest grows to 300 acres
VIDEO: The Pig Fire grew to about 300 acres Sunday and smoke was traveling north and lightly impacting the Village of Oak Creek, Sedona, Munds Park, and Flagstaff with haziness. The Pig Fire, named due to its proximity near Pig Trough Tank, was reported about 4:45 p.m. Sunday off the east side of northbound Interstate 17 near mile marker 302, according to a Coconino National Forest press release.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2020 8:41:03 AM - SOURCE: Verde Independent
Posted on Mon, 03 Aug 2020 15:41:03 GMT

Chemical leak contained in Union Pacific train derailment, fire; now the investigation begins
VIDEO: Union Pacific apologized Thursday for the disruption it caused after one of its trains that was hauling lumber, chemicals, and other materials derailed, and subsequently caught fire, while crossing a bridge over Tempe Town Lake the day prior, and said it intended to repair the bridge and to eventually resume its operations.
- PUB DATE: 7/30/2020 6:37:40 PM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Fri, 31 Jul 2020 01:37:40 GMT

Related: Train derailments - 5 notable Arizona incidents, including 1973 train carrying bombs
Since the early 1900s, Arizona has seen dozens of train derailments across the state. On Wednesday, a massive fire and partial bridge collapse occurred after a freight train derailed while crossing a bridge over Tempe Town Lake. In recent decades, derailments have been caused by flash floods and potential sabotage, including the mysterious Amtrak Sunset Limited derailment that resulted in one death and 78 people injured in 1995.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Fri, 31 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Kingman-area firefighters battle multi-structure blaze on Northfield Avenue
PHOTO: The Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District and Kingman Fire Department, along with two other local agencies, are battling a multi-structure fire in the 3900 block of Northfield Avenue. KFD wrote in a news release just after 3 p.m. Thursday, July 30 that a second alarm had been struck adding units from Golden Valley Fire District and Pinion Pine Fire District.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2020 3:32:26 AM - SOURCE: The Miner
Posted on Fri, 31 Jul 2020 10:32:26 GMT

Whetstone Fire District improvements lead to higher protection rating for Huachuca City
PHOTO: Whetstone Fire District Chief Peter Bidon and his staff received a standing ovation at a recent Huachuca City town council meeting after Bidon reported a significant improvement in the town’s ISO (Insurance Services Office) score. In January 2018 the town of Huachuca City entered into a contract with Whetstone Fire District for its fire protection services.
- PUB DATE: 7/30/2020 6:38:47 PM - SOURCE: Sierra Vista Herald
Posted on Fri, 31 Jul 2020 01:38:47 GMT

Arizona reports record 172 new known COVID-19 deaths, 2,525 new cases as hospital numbers drop slightly
Arizona reported a record 172 additional known COVID-19 deaths and 2,525 new cases on Thursday, as hospital numbers continue slight declines but remain relatively high. The 172 new known deaths — the most reported in one day — represent the new deaths identified by the Arizona Department of Health Services that day, but many occurred days and weeks prior.
- PUB DATE: 7/30/2020 9:57:10 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Thu, 30 Jul 2020 16:57:10 GMT

Update: Leaking tank car secured after Tempe freight train derailment
PHOTOS: A day after a freight train derailed, multiple cars caught on fire and part of the Tempe Town Lake bridge collapsed, a tank car carrying cyclohexanone that had cracked open and leaked was uprighted and the leak was secured overnight, authorities said Thursday morning. As crews continued to work on the derailed train Thursday morning, flames and smoke could be seen blazing on several of the cars.
- PUB DATE: 7/30/2020 8:37:17 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Thu, 30 Jul 2020 15:37:17 GMT

Marine who caught child dropped from burning apartment honored by Phoenix mayor, fire department
VIDEO: Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and the Phoenix Fire Department honored a Marine on Wednesday who caught a 3-year-old who was falling from a burning apartment. The Marine, Phillip Blanks, was given an award for his heroic efforts in saving the child's life, the department said. “I’d seen the building was on fire and like my instinct kicked in immediately.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2020 9:52:06 AM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 29 Jul 2020 16:52:06 GMT

Child pulled from Gilbert pool taken to hospital
Firefighters say a child has been pulled from a pool in Gilbert and taken to the hospital. According to the Gilbert Fire Department, crews responded to a home near Val Vista Drive and Ray Road Wednesday afternoon after a child was pulled from a pool. The child was reportedly unconscious but firefighters say the child had a pulse when transported to the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2020 4:42:43 PM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 29 Jul 2020 23:42:43 GMT

Follow Up: Arrest made in fire at Arizona and Maricopa County Democratic Party headquarters
PHOTO: Authorities on Wednesday announced an arrest in an arson fire that destroyed much of the Arizona and Maricopa County Democratic Party headquarters. Phoenix police said 29-year-old Matthew Egler was booked on one count of arson of an occupied structure. In charging documents obtained by KPNX-TV in Phoenix, police said Egler has been a volunteer for the Maricopa County Democratic Party but was banned for behavioral reasons.
- PUB DATE: 7/30/2020 7:39:52 AM - SOURCE: Pinal Central
Posted on Thu, 30 Jul 2020 14:39:52 GMT

Fire spreads into multiple buildings after igniting in Phoenix mobile home
Firefighters are working to stop the spread of a fire that ignited in a mobile home, the Phoenix Fire Department said. The fire was reportedly ignited in the area of West Glendale Avenue & North 19th Avenue. The fire has reportedly spread from the mobile home to several other small buildings and a junkyard in the area.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2020 2:34:22 PM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 29 Jul 2020 21:34:22 GMT

Fire breaks out after train derailment, bridge collapse over Tempe Town Lake
VIDEO: A second-alarm fire has broken out over Tempe Town Lake after a bridge collapsed and a train derailed near Farmer Avenue and First Street. Tempe fire officials say multiple train cars are on fire, with some carrying lumber. No injuries have been reported. Traffic near the area is being restricted near the lake and west of downtown Tempe, and Valley Metro light rail trains are being rerouted at Mill Avenue/3rd Street and 50th Street/Washington.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSAZ-TV FOX 10 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 29 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Bullhead City Firefighters use "Fido bag" to save dog rescued from fire
PHOTO: Several Bullhead City Fire Department units were called to a fire at a residence in the 1700 block of Diamond Drive at about 9:20 p.m. Sunday. The first firefighters who arrived reported seeing smoke and flames coming out of a single-story dwelling. After receiving some conflicting reports that a person might have been inside the structure, firefighters from Engine 761 entered the front door and made their way to a rear bedroom.
- PUB DATE: 7/28/2020 11:26:44 PM - SOURCE: Mohave Valley Daily News
Posted on Wed, 29 Jul 2020 06:26:44 GMT

One percent sales tax pays for seven new fire trucks for Navajo Nation Fire Department
PHOTO: The Navajo Nation Department of Fire and Rescue Services received seven new fire trucks July 7. The new trucks were purchased by the Navajo Nation utilizing revenues from the one percent sales tax increase approved by the Navajo Nation Council in 2018. The Navajo Nation Fire department is comprised of eight stations with 27 professional firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 7/28/2020 1:05:47 PM - SOURCE: Navajo-Hopi Observer
Posted on Tue, 28 Jul 2020 20:05:47 GMT

Hellsgate and Payson fire could share chief
After several iterations, the Payson Town Council at its July 23 meeting approved a management agreement that has Payson fire officials overseeing the Hellsgate Fire Department when its chief retires this fall. If the Hellsgate fire board agrees to the contract, Payson’s Fire Chief David Staub would serve both fire departments until a more permanent solution can be found.
- PUB DATE: 7/28/2020 1:04:45 PM - SOURCE: Payson Roundup
Posted on Tue, 28 Jul 2020 20:04:45 GMT

Casa Grande area home burns down after catching fire a second time
PHOTO: A mobile home south of Casa Grande caught fire for a second time in four days Tuesday morning and firefighters let it burn to the ground. Regional Fire & Rescue responded to the structure fire that was reported at 10:17 a.m. at 12302 S. Rachel Lane west of Chuichu Road. Regional Fire & Rescue had extinguished a fire in a room in the same home Friday night and followed up Saturday to make sure nothing was smoldering.
- PUB DATE: 7/28/2020 12:45:57 PM - SOURCE: Pinal Central
Posted on Tue, 28 Jul 2020 19:45:57 GMT

Faulty battery system triggered 2019 APS explosion that injured Surprise firefighters, report finds
VIDEO: A thermal chain-reaction caused by a faulty battery system triggered the explosion that injured eight firefighters in Surprise last year, according to a report released Monday by the Arizona Public Service Company. Crews responded to 911 calls of unusual smoke coming from an APS facility near Deer Valley Road and Grand Avenue on April 9, 2019.
- PUB DATE: 7/27/2020 5:07:37 PM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Tue, 28 Jul 2020 00:07:37 GMT

Buckskin Fire Department has new boat
PHOTO: Just over a year after losing their fireboat, the Buckskin Fire District has a new boat to replace it. On July 1, the Buckskin Fire District took possession of a new Nordic Boat equipped for fire-fighting and rescues. This boat replaces the 20-year-old 28-foot Conquest boat that sank in an incident in June 2019.
- PUB DATE: 7/28/2020 1:03:00 AM - SOURCE: Parker Pioneer
Posted on Tue, 28 Jul 2020 08:03:00 GMT

Jerome chief, others rescue ATV wreck victims from a remote part of Mingus Mountain
VIDEO: It took the work of first-responders from multiple agencies to get a man and woman from an ATV accident down from a remote part of Mingus Mountain Sunday. Jerome Chief Allen Muma reported the accident happened near milepost 8 along Forest Road 413. At about 1:15 p.m., a dispatcher notified the Jerome Fire Department of a serious injury ATV accident along Forest Road 413, which is, according to Muma, little more than a rugged trail accessible by ATVs and high-clearance 4-wheel-drive vehicles only.
- PUB DATE: 7/27/2020 12:46:30 PM - SOURCE: Verde Independent
Posted on Mon, 27 Jul 2020 19:46:30 GMT

Two teen girls killed, woman injured in Dolan Springs crash
Mohave County Sheriff’s officials say a man has been arrested for allegedly leaving the scene of a crash involving a quad and a truck that left two teenage girls dead and a woman seriously injured. They say 27-year-old Brock Amelia Hill of Dolan Springs allegedly was the truck driver and fled on foot after Saturday night’s collision.
- PUB DATE: 7/28/2020 5:24:54 AM - SOURCE: KNAU-FM NPR
Posted on Tue, 28 Jul 2020 12:24:54 GMT

Red Cross volunteers respond to displaced residents of three-alarm apartment fire in Sierra Vista
The Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross dispatched a team of volunteers to help the residents affected by a three-alarm fire at Mountain View apartments on 77 East El Camino Real in Sierra Vista at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. The fire actively burned when around 30 firefighters from the Sierra Vista Fire Department, Fry Fire District, Fort Huachuca Fire and Whetstone Fire all responded to the scene.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2020 12:45:15 PM - SOURCE: KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson
Posted on Sun, 26 Jul 2020 19:45:15 GMT

Multiple crews battle fire at Guadalupe lumber yard business
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office is assisting crews from the Phoenix, Tempe and Guadalupe fire departments in battling flames that erupted at a lumber yard business in Guadalupe. It happened Friday before 6 p.m. in the area of Hardy Drive and Guadalupe Road. MCSO says the business is right across the street from a house.
- PUB DATE: 7/24/2020 9:50:13 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (
Posted on Sat, 25 Jul 2020 04:50:13 GMT

Donation provides Wellton firefighters with much-needed equipment
The Wellton Fire Department will soon have some brand new lifesaving gear thanks to a grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The Foundation recently awarded the fire department a grant for nearly $25,000. The department will use the funding to purchase six full sets of firefighting gear including coats, pants, helmets, boots hoods, and gloves.
- PUB DATE: 7/27/2020 5:41:05 AM - SOURCE: KYMA-TV NBC 11 Yuma
Posted on Mon, 27 Jul 2020 12:41:05 GMT

Phoenix house fire extends to guest home on property
Firefighters were called to a Phoenix home late Saturday morning after reports of smoke and flames coming from the back yard. When fire crews got on the scene near Bell Road and 44th Street, they found the fire in the main home had also spread to a guest house on the property, says Capt. Todd Keller with the Phoenix Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 7/25/2020 2:50:21 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (
Posted on Sat, 25 Jul 2020 21:50:21 GMT

Runoff from Bighorn Fire could damage many Pima County homes
Many Pima County homes and businesses could face flood damage in the wake of the latest large wildfire in the Tucson area, according to authorities. The lightning-caused Bighorn Fire started June 5 and charred about 187 square miles in and near the Santa Catalina Mountains before it was fully contained on July 23.
- PUB DATE: 7/27/2020 1:11:17 AM - SOURCE: KSAZ-TV FOX 10 Phoenix
Posted on Mon, 27 Jul 2020 08:11:17 GMT

Garbage truck fire in north Scottsdale sends smoke spewing into air
A garbage truck caught fire in north Scottsdale Monday morning, sending up a plume of thick smoke that was visible from a distance. It happened shortly before 9 a.m. at Miller and Deer Valley roads. (Miller becomes Hayden Road south of Deer Valley.) The intersection was closed in all directions, according to the Scottsdale Traffic Management Center.
- PUB DATE: 7/27/2020 1:03:33 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (
Posted on Mon, 27 Jul 2020 08:03:33 GMT

Two construction workers dead after trench collapse in west Phoenix
VIDEO: Phoenix fire crews are on scene of a body recovery at a home construction site in west Phoenix. The incident happened Thursday morning at a new home construction site near 107th Avenue and Camelback Road. "It appears as if, at this home build site, they were tapping into the sewer line to connect it into one of the parcels for one of the homes, and unfortunately, that's when the collapse had happened," said Capt.
- PUB DATE: 7/24/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AZ Family 3 TV CBS 5
Posted on Fri, 24 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Rincon Valley Fire receives new disinfecting gear
VIDEO: Long awaited help has finally arrived for one southern Arizona fire department. After applying for a grant in March, Rincon Valley Fire District has received a new machine to help keep them safe from COVID-19. Despite their precautions, the patients they pick up often aren’t doing the same.
- PUB DATE: 7/24/2020 7:44:52 AM - SOURCE: KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson
Posted on Fri, 24 Jul 2020 14:44:52 GMT

Fire sparks at Arizona Democratic Party building in Phoenix
VIDEO: Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of a fire that sparked overnight at the Arizona Democratic Party building in Phoenix. Crews were called to the building around 1:00 a.m. Friday near Thomas Road and Central Avenue for reports of smoke. When they arrived they found heavy smoke and fire coming from the structure.
- PUB DATE: 7/24/2020 4:43:06 AM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Fri, 24 Jul 2020 11:43:06 GMT

Mount Lemmon residents work to support firefighters
In the last month, Arizona became a new hot spot for COVID-19 while facing the Bighorn Fire in the Santa Catalina mountains caused by a lightning strike. Mount Lemmon, the highest point of the Santa Catalina mountains, was considered as an escape for people who live in Tucson before the fire. People went there to relax and get out of the intensely hot Tucson weather, especially during summertime, according to Laura Mance, president of Long Realty Company.
- PUB DATE: 7/23/2020 6:40:35 PM - SOURCE: Arizona Daily Wildcat
Posted on Fri, 24 Jul 2020 01:40:35 GMT

COVID-19 cases in Arizona — 49% have come in July alone
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona reached 156,301 on Friday, July 24, an increase of 3,349 from the previous day; and the number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 reached 3,142 after an increase of 79 new deaths from the previous day, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. Of the total number of COVID-19 cases in Arizona since the start of the pandemic in January, 49 percent of the total number of cases — 76,606 — have come in July alone.
- PUB DATE: 7/24/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AZ Big Media
Posted on Fri, 24 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Crews battle huge fire at Scottsdale restaurant
VIDEO: Firefighters battled a blaze at a Scottsdale restaurant that went up in flames early Thursday morning. The fire started just after midnight at The Hot Chick bar and restaurant near 75th Street and Stetson Drive. Chief Andy McDonald with the Scottsdale Fire Department said when crews arrived on scene, there was heavy fire coming from the back of the building.
- PUB DATE: 7/23/2020 5:49:49 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (
Posted on Thu, 23 Jul 2020 12:49:49 GMT

Pima County: Corona de Tucson fire district asking for federal assistance
Corona de Tucson Fire Chief Simon Davis says, fire districts have been left out of the federal funding conversation during this pandemic. For instance, he said fire districts were left out of the C.A.R.E.S. Act. “Unfortunately for whatever reason by districts and kind of left off that equation. And so, while the state and these other entities got the funding, fire districts didn't receive any.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2020 2:53:49 PM - SOURCE: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
Posted on Wed, 22 Jul 2020 21:53:49 GMT

Arizona COVID-19 milestones: Cases surpass 150,000, deaths approach 3,000
PHOTOS: Arizona has surpassed 150,000 COVID-19 cases, with deaths nearing 3,000, as the virus continues to spread but pressure on hospitals appears to moderate. Arizona's total cases passed 100,000 July 6, just over two weeks after the case count passed 50,000. Now, just over another two weeks later, the state has added another 50,000 new cases.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2020 11:02:16 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 22 Jul 2020 18:02:16 GMT

Pine Fire in the Verde Valley moves north and east
PHOTO: The wildfire that’s been having the most direct impact on the Verde Valley over the past week is also one of the few in Arizona with no containment. However, the Pine Fire’s small size — about 1,800 acres — and remote, mountaintop location mean it isn’t threatening structures or roads. The lightning-caused blaze is located in a remote part of the Pine Mountain Wilderness, southeast of Camp Verde, in the Verde Ranger District.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2020 9:51:55 AM - SOURCE: Verde Independent
Posted on Wed, 22 Jul 2020 16:51:55 GMT

Buckeye Valley Fire District: Child transported to the hospital after possible drowning call
A child has been taken to the hospital in critical condition after a possible drowning call, according to fire officials. A spokesperson for the Buckeye Valley Fire District told ABC15 that paramedics responded to a report of a possible drowning call on Wednesday afternoon near Old Highway 80 and 339th Avenue, which is southwest of Buckeye.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2020 2:26:28 PM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 22 Jul 2020 21:26:28 GMT

Off-duty first responders save children, pets from house fire in Buckeye
VIDEO: Two Valley first responders are being called heroes after they rescued two children and their pets from a house fire in Buckeye Tuesday. “This is absolutely their calling and that’s why they could just fearlessly run in there and risk their lives,” said Aaron Hall. “I just came outside, I look to the right where I heard the shouting and I saw two of the kids and the family outside and the flames just engulfing the house,” said Hall.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2020 8:36:17 PM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 22 Jul 2020 03:36:17 GMT

Arizona reports 1,926 new coronavirus cases, 56 more deaths
The Arizona health department reported 1,926 new coronavirus cases and 56 additional deaths on Wednesday morning. That brought the state’s totals to 150,609 COVID-19 cases and 2,974 fatalities. The Arizona Department of Health Services has been providing case and testing updates on its website each morning.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTAR 620 - Newsradio
Posted on Wed, 22 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Thumb Fire grows without containment on Havasupai Reservation, Grand Canyon
The Thumb Fire in Grand Canyon National Park has grown to over 6,700 acres since lightning strikes from isolated thunderstorms in the area sparked the blaze last Thursday. The wildfire is 0% contained as of Tuesday. Fire crews are currently monitoring incoming weather as continuing thunderstorm conditions and gusty winds have limited the amount of personnel that can safely be deployed into the remote and rugged fire area, said incident management spokesperson Dolores Garcia.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2020 7:44:55 PM - SOURCE: The Arizona Republic - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 22 Jul 2020 02:44:55 GMT

Buckeye Valley Fire District says CARES Act funding needed to help with COVID-19 response
VIDEO: COVID-19 has turned into a funding fiasco for one Maricopa County fire district. The Buckeye Valley Fire District has seen an increase in emergency calls due to COVID-19. The virus is already taking its toll on the fire district’s budget. According to Fire Chief Mark Burdick, between the last quarter of the last fiscal year and now, the district is $300,000 over budget.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2020 5:48:58 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (
Posted on Wed, 22 Jul 2020 00:48:58 GMT

Close up look at Bighorn Burn Scar Area
VIDEO: The Bighorn Fire burned through thousands of acres of land and pushed dangerously close to structures. “We stayed here and fought as long as we could, and I think what we did helped save our station,” said Mt. Lemmon Fire Department Captain Dan Leade. Officials briefed the media and gave us our first look at the burn scar area Monday.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2020 2:45:40 PM - SOURCE: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
Posted on Tue, 21 Jul 2020 21:45:40 GMT

Phoenix: Woman dead after 'hazmat' considered homicide
Phoenix police say a woman is dead after a hazardous situation under investigation as a homicide. Officers were called to a home near 15th Avenue and Pierson Street around 9 p.m. Monday where they received reports about an injured person. They found the victim, identified as 50-year-old Lori Bourque, dead at the scene.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2020 7:50:38 AM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Tue, 21 Jul 2020 14:50:38 GMT

Tucson woman’s final act honors area heroes
VIDEO: A special mural in honor of a volunteer for the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation is finally finished. It's for Patty Vallance who recently passed away. Vallance commissioned local artists, Wagon Burner Arts, to paint a mural honoring firefighters just one week before she went into the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2020 7:49:17 AM - SOURCE: KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson
Posted on Tue, 21 Jul 2020 14:49:17 GMT

‘It just spread like wildfire’: Workers blow the whistle after COVID outbreak cripples Prescott nursing center
VIDEO: Multiple employees at Granite Creek tell the 12 News I-Team they were asked to work while waiting for COVID-19 test results and after testing positive for the virus. More than 50 patients and 20 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at Granite Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center in Prescott, the 12 News I-Team has learned.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2020 10:37:44 PM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Tue, 21 Jul 2020 05:37:44 GMT

Neighbors help family escape house fire in Glendale
A Glendale family has some neighbors to thank for saving their lives, after their home went up in flames Sunday night. The fire broke out at a home in the area of 51st Avenue and Greenway Road. The Glendale Fire Department the family had no working smoke detectors. Luckily, their neighbors alerted the homeowners about the fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2020 6:44:46 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (
Posted on Tue, 21 Jul 2020 01:44:46 GMT

Thumb Fire in Grand Canyon National Park grows to 6,200 acres
Crews at Grand Canyon National Park are working to suppress a 6,200-acre lightning-caused wildfire on the Great Thumb Mesa. It started last Thursday in pinion-juniper and brush, and fire activity yesterday was active in some areas with single-tree torching and 3-to-4-foot surface flames where the fire was consuming grass.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2020 1:56:19 PM - SOURCE: KNAU-FM NPR
Posted on Mon, 20 Jul 2020 20:56:19 GMT

Tucson church has 4 fires since March
VIDEO: A local pastor says his church has had four fires since March, and he wants to know who’s responsible and why. KGUN9 checked in with the church and pastor to find out about the latest incident and what the church is planning to do next. We first met Pastor Gene Chewning at the Living Word Church at 3602 South 12th Avenue in March of this year, the church is known as a multi-denominational church in the neighborhood.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2020 5:52:57 PM - SOURCE: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
Posted on Mon, 20 Jul 2020 00:52:57 GMT

Fire crews battle fire at Phoenix tire shop
PHOTO: Phoenix Fire crews are working to extinguish a fire that ignited at a tire shop near West Buckeye Road & South Central Avenue, firefighters said. Multiple 911 calls were reportedly made reporting heavy smoke and flames in the area early Sunday morning. Fire crews arrived at the scene and reportedly deployed hand lines and deck mounted hose streams to attempt and extinguish the fire, starting from an exterior position, the department said.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2020 7:43:48 AM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Sun, 19 Jul 2020 14:43:48 GMT

Wildfire burns over 991 acres in Pine Mountain Wilderness
PHOTO: A wildfire has burned over 991 acres in the Pine Mountain Wilderness as of Sunday morning, officials at the U.S. Forest Service said. The fire, which has been named the Pine Fire, currently sits at 0% contained, officials said. Due to factors such as the fire's remote location and very few values at risk, fire managers are continuing to monitor the fire without engaging.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2020 12:38:51 PM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Sun, 19 Jul 2020 19:38:51 GMT

Tucson Fire Department: 3 individuals displaced after eastside mobile home fire
Tucson Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire near the eastside early Saturday morning. TFD says crews were called out to the area of 3411 S. Camino Seco around 8:23 a.m. for a report of a fire. The initial dispatch and on-scene reports signified one person was trapped, requiring firefighters to quickly rescue the individual, according to TFD.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2020 4:15:27 PM - SOURCE: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
Posted on Sat, 18 Jul 2020 23:15:27 GMT

Arizona reports 3,910 new COVID-19 cases, 91 more deaths, as ventilator use hits new high
Arizona reported 3,910 new COVID-19 cases and 91 more known deaths on Friday as measures of hospital stress remained high but showed potential signs of moderation. Ventilators in use hit a new record. Inpatient hospitalizations, ICU beds in use and emergency department visits by suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients all hovered near their highest recorded levels but did not reach new highs, according to Thursday's hospital data reported to the state.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2020 10:38:19 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Fri, 17 Jul 2020 17:38:19 GMT

Rural Metro Station 841 in San Tan Valley gets a special surprise
PHOTO: The Rural Metro Fire crew at Station 841 in San Tan Valley, received a surprise visit this morning. A local San Tan Valley resident named Avery stopped by to bring the crew a special gift. Avery, who is battling Leukemia, stopped by the station to celebrate her good friend Kameron, who lost his fight to Leukemia a year ago today.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2020 1:03:17 AM - SOURCE: San Tan Valley
Posted on Fri, 17 Jul 2020 08:03:17 GMT

Arizona wildfires and COVID-19: Firefighters are fighting two battles
PHOTOS: For the men and women fighting Arizona wildfires this summer, amidst a pandemic, almost every aspect of day-to-day life has changed drastically. Pre-pandemic firefighters had their own way of life, including routine morning briefings, respectful handshakes and community meals. Now, everything has changed.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2020 6:39:49 PM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - Metered Site
Posted on Fri, 17 Jul 2020 01:39:49 GMT

Follow Up: Chemical leak at Phoenix-area Amazon warehouse causes smoke, big emergency response
Contents inside an Amazon-branded semi-truck near the company's facility in Phoenix apparently caught fire or was burning on Thursday morning, prompting fire officials to evacuate nearby businesses and issue a reverse 911 call encouraging homeowners nearby to shelter in place. Phoenix Fire Captain Todd Keller, a spokesperson for the department, said firefighters were called to the facility near 75th Avenue and Roosevelt Street shortly after 7 a.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Fri, 17 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Heavy smoke coming from Amazon truck at west Phoenix warehouse
PHOTO: Firefighters are battling a chemical leak at an Amazon warehouse in west Phoenix. Capt. Todd Keller with the Phoenix Fire Department said an unidentified chemical is burning in a trailer on the property near 75th Avenue and Van Buren Street. Video from the scene showed a large amount of smoke coming from the area where trucks are stored at the warehouse.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Thu, 16 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Arizona COVID-19 data shows some encouraging signs
The latest COVID-19 data may show the first signs of improvement since the surge of summer cases in Arizona, although public health analysts say more time is needed to point to a firm trend. After weeks of case spikes, it's possible daily case counts may be flattening, but it will take time to see if this trend continues given test results reporting lags.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2020 7:48:30 PM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Thu, 16 Jul 2020 02:48:30 GMT

Illegal fireworks leave Chandler family homeless
A Chandler family says illegal fireworks caught their house on fire on the Fourth of July, leaving them homeless right before having a new baby. Cristina Kristiniak and her husband were at home on the Fourth of July when they saw a glow through their window. “By the time we realize what was happening what was happening the police were here," Kristiniak said, "knocking on our door to get us out.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2020 10:47:09 PM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Thu, 16 Jul 2020 05:47:09 GMT

Smoke from Hance Grasslands prescribed burn reaches Verde Valley
Verde Valley residents have likely seen and smelled wildfire smoke. Fire mangers on the Verde Ranger District are conducting the Hance RX, which is a prescibed grassland burn, between Wednesday, July 15, and Thursday, July 30, when the conditions are most favorable for a successful outcome. Fire managers ignited the blazes just before noon, planning to burn 3,248 acres today, July 15.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2020 1:05:21 AM - SOURCE: Sedona Red Rock News
Posted on Thu, 16 Jul 2020 08:05:21 GMT

Bush Fire burn scar brings potential for dangerous flooding this summer
After more than 190,000 acres scorched, the Bush Fire was one of the largest wildfires in Arizona history. Now 100 percent contained, the burned-out forest and blackened hills raise a new concern. "Wildfire that big is really going to modify the soil and really enhance the route for flash flooding anytime we get heavy rainfall," said Jaret Rogers, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Phoenix.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2020 7:36:42 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (
Posted on Thu, 16 Jul 2020 02:36:42 GMT

Arizona City emergency calls double in June due to COVID-19
The Arizona City Fire District was busier than usual last month, affected by the pandemic as it received 255 calls, which is double the number of calls it typically receives during that time. Fire Chief Jeff Heaton told the district board during its monthly meeting on Monday that although the number of calls has doubled, the team continues to have a less than four-minute response time.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2020 5:45:10 PM - SOURCE: Pinal Central
Posted on Thu, 16 Jul 2020 00:45:10 GMT

Gary Sinise Foundation grant helps Rincon Valley Fire buy decontamination equipment
A grant from the Gary Sinise Foundation is helping southern Arizona first responders fight COVID-19. The grant from the Hollywood actor's charitable foundation allowed the Rincon Valley Fire District to purchase specialized decontamination equipment, including a fogging machine. RVFD says the device will allow them to disinfect large areas, like ambulances and health care facilities.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2020 3:13:42 PM - SOURCE: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
Posted on Tue, 14 Jul 2020 22:13:42 GMT

Rim Country: Monsoon shifts supercharge fire danger
Arizona’s on fire, with no sign of a monsoon rescue yet massing on the horizon. Well, get used to it. Both climate models and recent trends suggest the rise in global temperatures will cause the monsoon storms that deliver almost half of the annual rainfall in Arizona and New Mexico will come later, hit harder and linger longer.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2020 1:02:57 PM - SOURCE: Payson Roundup
Posted on Tue, 14 Jul 2020 20:02:57 GMT

Firefighters fully contain Navarro Fire southwest of Tucson
Firefighters fully contained a lightning-sparked wildfire southwest of Tucson, officials announced Wednesday morning. The wildfire, named the Navarro Fire, reached its final acreage at 2,306 acres, according to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management officials. The fire began on the night of July 11 when a thunderstorm moved through the area and lightning sparked the fire in the Sierrita Mountains, about 14 miles west of Sahuarita and 10 miles northwest of Green Valley, according to a report by the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2020 10:43:09 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 15 Jul 2020 17:43:09 GMT

Arizona reports 3,257 new COVID-19 cases, 97 more deaths as hospital numbers remain high
Arizona reported 3,257 new COVID-19 cases and 97 additional known deaths on Wednesday as hospitals statewide continue to feel the stress. Inpatient hospitalizations, ICU beds in use, ventilators in use and emergency department visits by suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients all hovered near their highest recorded levels, but none hit new records, according to Tuesday's hospital data reported to the state.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2020 10:52:47 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 15 Jul 2020 17:52:47 GMT

Tucson's Bighorn Fire: No public access to Mount Lemmon, Sabino Canyon until Nov. 1
The public won't be able to visit most if not all of fire-scarred Mount Lemmon and Sabino Canyon until November 1, Forest Service officials announced Tuesday night. Santa Catalina District Ranger C.J. Woodard said the Coronado National Forest from just north of Tucson, north to Oracle and then south and east to the Redington Pass area will stay closed, due to concerns about the potential for post-fire flooding and runoff issues.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2020 11:02:57 AM - SOURCE: Tucson Arizona Daily Star
Posted on Wed, 15 Jul 2020 18:02:57 GMT

Gov. Ducey announces $120K to support first responder mental health
Gov. Doug Ducey announced Monday his office awarded $120,000 in funding to support first responder mental health during the coronavirus pandemic. The funding will go to the Heal the Hero Foundation, a Scottsdale-based nonprofit that offers mental health support and other services for first responders, veterans and abuse survivors.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2020 2:10:47 PM - SOURCE: KTAR 620 - Newsradio
Posted on Mon, 13 Jul 2020 21:10:47 GMT

More than 60 Phoenix firefighters test positive for virus
More than 60 firefighters with the Phoenix Fire Department have tested positive for the coronavirus. Phoenix Fire is the nation’s fifth largest fire department with 60 fire stations serving Arizona’s largest city. As of July 7, the department had reported 62 positive COVID-19 cases among firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSAZ-TV FOX 10 Phoenix
Posted on Tue, 14 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Brush fire threatens multiple structures in Bullhead City
A brush fire that threatened several structures was brought under control quickly by the Bullhead City Fire Department on Monday. Around 12:15 p.m., several units were dispatched to the 1700 block of Toro Road for a report of a brush fire in a vacant lot extending to structures around it. Two fences and a carport on adjacent Williams Drive were exposed to the fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2020 11:15:47 PM - SOURCE: Mohave Valley Daily News
Posted on Tue, 14 Jul 2020 06:15:47 GMT

As emergency COVID-19 calls skyrocket, first responders are feeling the impacts
As COVID-19 rapidly spreads across Arizona, first responders face more positive cases within their ranks. When police and firefighters get sick, it affects their co-workers but city officials say they are forging ahead, while union officials are worried. In Phoenix, 86 of 1,732 Fire Department employees have tested positive for the virus.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AZ Central
Posted on Tue, 14 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Firefighters battle remote ‘Pine Fire’ in Verde Ranger District
PHOTO: On Sunday night, July 12, Forest Service firefighters responded to a report of smoke from the lightning-caused Pine Fire on five acres of Pine Mountain, which is located in the forest due east of Cordes Lakes. The smoke was coming from the Pine Mountain Wilderness on the Verde Ranger District, as grass, brush and Ponderosa pine trees were burning, a Forest Service news release stated.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2020 1:03:28 AM - SOURCE: Daily Courier
Posted on Tue, 14 Jul 2020 08:03:28 GMT

Coronavirus in Arizona: More than 1,300 new cases, eight new deaths reported
VIDEO: There have been 123,824 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Arizona and 2,245 coronavirus-related deaths, as of Monday morning. The number of coronavirus cases and deaths in Arizona continues to rise. In an effort to track the changes, 12 News has started a daily live blog. Here is the live blog for Monday, July 13.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2020 3:48:17 AM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Mon, 13 Jul 2020 10:48:17 GMT

Firefighters keep 'Slate Fire' to 10 acres south of Prescott; cause still unknown
After battling the "Slate Fire" for much of the afternoon, the Prescott National Forest reported around 6 p.m. Sunday that much of the blaze 8 miles south of Prescott was extinguished. A PNF Facebook post said, "Air resources did an incredible job keeping the fire at approx. 10 acres while crews continue working on creating access routes to the fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2020 1:03:35 AM - SOURCE: Daily Courier
Posted on Mon, 13 Jul 2020 08:03:35 GMT

'Electrocution Incident' leaves one swimmer dead at Lake Pleasant
One person was killed in what officials described as an "electrocution incident" at Lake Pleasant in Arizona. Authorities received a report that multiple people were drowning near Scorpion Bay, and firefighters were dispatched to the scene. As they made their way to the lake, they learned that there was an electric current running through the water near one of the docks.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2020 10:44:19 AM - SOURCE: KNST-AM 970 Fox News, News Talk
Posted on Mon, 13 Jul 2020 17:44:19 GMT

Tucson couple's home condemned after lightning sparked a fire
VIDEO: One east side neighborhood was cleaning up the shattered windows, tree branches, and fire damage left behind after Saturday night's storm. The Tucson Fire Department fought the flames coming from one of those homes. Firefighters said it was sparked by lightning. Jane Appleby and her husband own the home that was burning.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2020 5:54:35 PM - SOURCE: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
Posted on Mon, 13 Jul 2020 00:54:35 GMT

Navarro Fire grows to 1,100 acres near Sierrita Mountains
VIDEO: Three Points Fire District, along with other fire agencies responded to a fire on the Navarro Ranch west of Sahuarita. The fire started Saturday night after lightning struck the area, the estimation of the fire is burning about 1,100 acres?, according to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2020 11:40:26 AM - SOURCE: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
Posted on Sun, 12 Jul 2020 18:40:26 GMT

City of El Mirage taps Richardson as interim fire chief
The city of El Mirage named Assistant Fire Chief Chris Richardson as Interim Fire Chief following the departure of Chris DeChant. Mr. Richardson has 26 years of emergency medical experience as a firefighter, officer and paramedic including 22 of those years in El Mirage. “I appreciate Chief Richardson’s willingness to serve in this important leadership position in our City,” said El Mirage City Manager Crystal Dyches.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2020 7:36:33 AM - SOURCE: Sun Cities Independent
Posted on Fri, 10 Jul 2020 14:36:33 GMT

Sawmill: Wood Springs 2 Fire operations wind down
Crews working the Wood Springs 2 Fire are monitoring and patrolling the fire perimeter to ensure containment lines hold as personnel and equipment begin returning to home agencies. The fire is located five miles west of Sawmill, Arizona and is 96 percent contained. It is 12,861 acres with 309 personnel working the fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2020 1:01:41 PM - SOURCE: Navajo-Hopi Observer
Posted on Thu, 09 Jul 2020 20:01:41 GMT

Monument Fire northwest of Ash Fork at 600 acres
The Monument Fire, located 30 miles northwest of Ash Fork near the Boquillas Ranch has grown to 600 acres. It is 10 percent contained. The lightning caused fire began July 5, according to Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management spokesperson Tiffany Davila. The fire continues to move north and northeast.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2020 12:21:40 PM - SOURCE: Williams-Grand Canyon News
Posted on Thu, 09 Jul 2020 19:21:40 GMT

Phoenix Firefighters avoid sparking power lines at battery yard blaze
Video footage from the scene of a battery storage yard fire shows Phoenix crews trying to avoid sparking downed power lines as they extinguished the flames. Along with flames, Phoenix firefighters battled sparking downed power lines at a battery storage blaze early Wednesday. When crews arrived at the scene, they encountered a large amount of flames erupting from the battery storage yard area of a store, the department said in an online update.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse
Posted on Fri, 10 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

PHOTO: Structure fire extinguished in Bullhead City
Flames and thick, black smoke greeted firefighters when they arrived on the scene of a structure fire in the 800 block of Palo Verde Drive in Bullhead City around 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Two structures reportedly were involved. The Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department assisted multiple units from the Bullhead City Fire Department as personnel worked in 110-degree heat to contain the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2020 11:54:12 PM - SOURCE: Mohave Valley Daily News
Posted on Fri, 10 Jul 2020 06:54:12 GMT

Arizona first responders want workers’ comp protection during pandemic
Those who protect the public are now asking the state of Arizona to protect them after an alarming amount of first responders have tested positive for coronavirus. “Our biggest challenge is how these [coronavirus cases] are treated in the work place,” Joe Clure, executive director of the Arizona Police Association, told KTAR News 92.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2020 4:46:41 AM - SOURCE: KTAR 620 - Newsradio
Posted on Thu, 09 Jul 2020 11:46:41 GMT

Helicopters drawing water from neighborhood lakes to fight Glendale fire
Firefighters warned people in a Glendale neighborhood that helicopters were drawing water from neighborhood lakes to fight a fire Thursday. The Thunderbird Fire started on Thunderbird Mountain in Glendale. It grew to about 30 acres as of Thursday afternoon. The fire was moving north and northeast with a moderate rate of spread.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2020 11:05:05 AM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Thu, 09 Jul 2020 18:05:05 GMT

COVID-19 in Arizona: State leads U.S. in growth of new cases, analysis says
Arizona led the U.S. in the growth of confirmed coronavirus cases Wednesday, and if states were viewed as their own countries, the Grand Canyon State would lead the world, according to an alarming analysis by The New York Times. State officials pushed back against that characterization Wednesday, but Arizona doctors fear the situation could worsen.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2020 10:05:18 PM - SOURCE: KAET-TV Arizona State University
Posted on Thu, 09 Jul 2020 05:05:18 GMT

Phoenix: Pedestrian killed in crash near 1st Avenue and Indian School Road
VIDEO: Phoenix police are investigating a deadly pedestrian-involved crash early Thursday morning. The crash happened near 1st Avenue and Indian School Road in the downtown Phoenix area. Police say Indian School Road is closed from Central to 3rd avenues during the investigation. The cause of the crash and further information about what happened are not yet available.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Thu, 09 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Summerhaven resident returns home weeks after evacuating because of Bighorn Fire
VIDEO: On June 16, Stacey Cochran and his family had to leave their home because of the Bighorn Fire, but this week, they finally got the chance to return. “I had prepped our house for a solid week. Moving all furniture to the interior of the home, moving all draperies away from windows, working very hard outside to fire proof landscape outside as much as possible," said Cochran.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2020 5:43:38 PM - SOURCE: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
Posted on Thu, 09 Jul 2020 00:43:38 GMT

Toddler dies after being found at bottom of pool in Mesa
A toddler has died after being discovered at the bottom of a pool in Mesa on Wednesday evening. It happened near Lindsay Road and University Drive just before 6 p.m. Firefighters said the 2-and-a-half-year-old was pulled out of the water by family members. Emergency crews performed CPR when they arrived.
- PUB DATE: 7/8/2020 10:49:00 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (
Posted on Thu, 09 Jul 2020 05:49:00 GMT

Pilot killed after firefighting helicopter crashed while working Polles Fire near Payson
VIDEO: A pilot was killed after the helicopter he was flying crashed near a wildfire burning in the Payson area, fire officials said Tuesday. The helicopter was conducting firefighting operations for the Polles Fire when it crashed, according to officials. Officials confirm that the pilot, 37-year-old Brian Boatman, was the only person inside the helicopter at the time of the crash.
- PUB DATE: 7/7/2020 2:32:36 PM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Tue, 07 Jul 2020 21:32:36 GMT

Busiest Phoenix fire stations seeing increase in COVID-19 calls, more firefighters testing positive
VIDEO: A growing sense of urgency not just in Arizona hospitals, but for the country’s fifth largest fire department as nearly 50% of service calls at Phoenix's busiest fire station in the past 24 hours are suspected COVID-19 or COVID-19 positive cases. ABC15 reached out to the City of Phoenix for the latest numbers of COVID-19 cases impacting first responders and found that 77 in Phoenix Fire Department have tested positive, nearly all of them firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 7/7/2020 4:47:29 PM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Tue, 07 Jul 2020 23:47:29 GMT

Mount Lemmon residents return after weeks of evacuation
VIDEO: After three long weeks, residents are back on Mount Lemmon tonight after the Bighorn Fire forced the area to be evacuated. Pima County Sheriff's deputies escorted groups of full-time residents to Summerhaven then back down again. Residents can stay on the mountain if they want to, but they must have escorts to go up and down the mountain.
- PUB DATE: 7/7/2020 11:39:57 PM - SOURCE: Tucson News Now
Posted on Wed, 08 Jul 2020 06:39:57 GMT

14 Tucson firefighters have tested positive for COVID-19 this year
Of the 632 firefighters in the Tucson Fire Department, 14 have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began, a spokesperson confirmed Tuesday. Currently, only two firefighters who tested positive are off the job -- the other 12 have full recovered and are back to work, the TFD spokesperson said.
- PUB DATE: 7/7/2020 5:40:02 PM - SOURCE: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
Posted on Wed, 08 Jul 2020 00:40:02 GMT

Suppression efforts on Mangum Fire located on the North Kaibab Plateau near completion
Fire officials are wrapping up operation on the Mangum Fire, located on the North Kaibab Plateau. As of July 6, most heavy equipment and engines will be released, and the number of firefighters will be reduced, according to the fire officials. The Mangum Fire burned 71,450 and is 82 percent contained.
- PUB DATE: 7/7/2020 7:06:08 PM - SOURCE: Williams-Grand Canyon News
Posted on Wed, 08 Jul 2020 02:06:08 GMT

Bighorn Fire enters new phase
VIDEO: There’s a new phase in the fight against the Bighorn Fire. Firefighters are starting work to reduce the dangers that remain after the fire is out. Over the weekend firefighting command changed from a Type One management team to a Type Two. The change signals the fire is still demanding but it’s become less complex to manage.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2020 7:30:47 PM - SOURCE: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
Posted on Tue, 07 Jul 2020 02:30:47 GMT

Less than 10% of ICU beds available in Arizona, 152 medical personnel sent in to help
VIDEO: A new record broken on Friday as less than 10% of licensed ICU beds are available across Arizona. New data from the Arizona Department of Health Services shows that there are 156 licensed ICU beds in the state, but experts warn that does not necessarily mean staffed beds. Earlier this week, the state requested medical workers from the federal government, and as of now, 62 medical professionals are on the ground in Pima and Yuma counties.
- PUB DATE: 7/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Tue, 07 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Navajo Nation faces twin threats as wildfires spread during pandemic
The Wood Springs 2 fire arrived at Michelle Johnson’s home a week ago. Ash from the 13,000-acre wildfire that burned five miles away rained on her land, with thick smoke billowing above the house she shares with her husband and children. “It would be like fog,” Johnson said. “You couldn’t open the doors and when I would come outside, I would start coughing.
- PUB DATE: 7/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Guardian
Posted on Tue, 07 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Former Football Player Makes Life-Saving Catch In Phoenix Fire
Phillip Blanks was out early Friday morning for a workout with a friend when the football player in him took over. The 28-year-old Phoenix resident had played high school football more than a decade ago. His big play was in 2009, as a freshman at Kalamazoo Central in Michigan, when he caught a 30-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the game to lead his team to a win over archrival Loy Norrix.
- PUB DATE: 7/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Phoenix Patch
Posted on Tue, 07 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Payson: Challenged by hot and dry conditions, firefighters continue to make progress toward containment
Facing extreme conditions, firefighters on the Polles Fire west of Payson continue to make marked progress toward containment. Six hotshot crews are engaged on the fire within the wilderness area, supported by airtankers and helicopters during the day. Other firefighters have been working next to the communities and the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, scouting vegetation conditions and enhancing established fuel breaks and roads that could help protect homes and slow fire spread should there be a shift in fire behavior on the fire, to be used only if needed.
- PUB DATE: 7/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Payson Roundup
Posted on Tue, 07 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT



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