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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 (azfamily.com)
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

Tucson's Bighorn Fire: With blaze 75% contained, focus on cleanup
With the Bighorn Fire 75% contained, fire crews are focusing on reinforcing fire lines and hauling back equipment around the fire, officials said. Firefighters on Sunday focused on repairing and cleaning up along the estimated 215 miles of fire line that was built to contain the Bighorn Fire, said Buck Wickham, operations section chief for the Southwest Area Incident Management Team.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2020 8:50:34 PM - SOURCE: Tucson Arizona Daily Star
Posted on Mon, 06 Jul 2020 03:50:34 GMT

Lightning-caused Polles Fire burns 549 acres in Tonto National Forest
A lightning-started wildfire has burned around 549 acres in the Tonto National Forest since it was ignited Friday, the United States Forest Service said. The fire, named the Polles Fire, is the result of passing isolated thunderstorms and sits at 0% containment as of Sunday afternoon, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2020 1:44:45 PM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Sun, 05 Jul 2020 20:44:45 GMT

Phoenix: Valley firefighters battle several home fires post-Fourth of July celebrations
It was a busy night for firefighters across the Valley as they battled multiple fires following Fourth of July celebrations. In Phoenix, crews were called to Wood Street early Sunday morning for reports of a fire at a home near 48th Street and Broadway Road. It's unclear if anybody was hurt or what caused the fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2020 6:39:27 AM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Sun, 05 Jul 2020 13:39:27 GMT

Arizona surpasses 100,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus
There are now more than 100,000 total confirmed cases of coronavirus across Arizona. State health officials reported Monday morning that our state officially surpassed the mark, with a total number of 101,441 confirmed cases. Officials say more than 62,000 of those cases involve people younger than 44 years old.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Mon, 06 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Fire at Phoenix Flower Shops location extinguished, fire department says
VIDEO: A second alarm fire broke out at a Phoenix Flower Shops location near Thomas Road and 52nd Street Saturday afternoon and the fire is now under control, the Phoenix Fire Department says. The fire department put out information on the active fire around 6:30 p.m. asking people to avoid the area as crews worked to put the fire out.
- PUB DATE: 7/4/2020 8:19:48 PM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Sun, 05 Jul 2020 03:19:48 GMT

Tucson's Bighorn Fire: Crews begin mopping-up today
PHOTOS: Nearly a month after lightning sparked the Bighorn Fire, crews on Thursday had moved into the mop-up stage. The wildfire started near Pusch Ridge on June 5 was at 118,710 acres — about 185 square miles — on Thursday morning. It was at 58 percent containment, according to an update posted on Facebook.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2020 8:11:58 AM - SOURCE: Tucson Arizona Daily Star
Posted on Thu, 02 Jul 2020 15:11:58 GMT

Blaze destroys Casa Grande area home, vehicles
PHOTOS: A family of five has been left homeless after a blaze destroyed a home and two vehicles south of Casa Grande Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. Regional Fire & Rescue responded to the structure fire about 1 p.m. off Chuichu Road. Regional Fire & Rescue Chief Steven Kerber said a single-wide mobile home and possibly two vehicles were destroyed by fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2020 4:38:49 PM - SOURCE: Pinal Central
Posted on Wed, 01 Jul 2020 23:38:49 GMT

Wood Spring 2 Fire grows to 8,999 acres, expected to continue to spread
PHOTOS: As of July 1, the Wood Spring 2 Fire has grown to 8,999 acres. It is zero percent contained with 313 personnel. The fire was caused by lightning and is located three miles east of Wood Springs, Arizona. Over the last several days, the fire’s growth was driven by strong southwest winds. However, the contributing factors have shifted, and the fire continues to steadily grow because of dry fuels and steep topography.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2020 1:00:33 PM - SOURCE: Navajo-Hopi Observer
Posted on Wed, 01 Jul 2020 20:00:33 GMT

Fatal crash involving motorcycle on Tucson's east side kills two
PHOTO: Two men died Tuesday evening in a crash involving a vehicle and a motorcycle on Tucson’s east side, police said. Around 6:30 p.m., Tucson police and firefighters responded to the intersection of East Speedway and North Van Buren Avenue, just east of North Craycroft Road, to reports of a crash involving a motorcycle, the Tucson Police Department said in a news release Wednesday.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2020 2:09:46 PM - SOURCE: Tucson Arizona Daily Star
Posted on Wed, 01 Jul 2020 21:09:46 GMT

Power pole falls on Tucson apartment building, transformer explosion sparks 2-alarm fire
PHOTO: Several people were displaced from their homes when a power pole fell on an apartment building, and an ensuing transformer explosion sparked a 2-alarm fire early on Wednesday, July 1. According to information from the Tucson Fire Department, the fire happened just before 1 a.m. in the 3400 block of East Lind Road, near East Fort Lowell Road and North Dodge Boulevard.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2020 12:45:43 PM - SOURCE: Tucson News Now
Posted on Wed, 01 Jul 2020 19:45:43 GMT

Bighorn Fire spreads near Tucson, grows past 118,000 acres
Crews working the Bighorn Fire burning near Tucson hope the forecast for less wind and more humidity will help their efforts Wednesday. Firefighters worked on protecting structures between Summerhaven and Willow Canyon, according to InciWeb. The Pima County Sheriff’s Department issued evacuation orders Tuesday for the area around Redington Road.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2020 8:00:15 AM - SOURCE: KTAR 620 - Newsradio
Posted on Wed, 01 Jul 2020 15:00:15 GMT

Prescott Fire Department responds to 3 water rescue calls at Watson Lake
5 adults, 2 children, and 2 dogs were rescued.from Watson Lake. The Prescott Fire Department.was dispatched to 3 separate water rescue calls at Watson Lake on June 29, 2020 within a span of 5 hours. In total, 5 adults, 2 children, and 2 dogs were rescued. 2 incidents occurred after boaters were blown by very high winds to the north end of the lake and not able to return to their starting points.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Prescott eNews
Posted on Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Arizona reports record highs of 4,878 new coronavirus cases, 88 deaths
The Arizona health department reported single-day records of 4,878 new coronavirus cases and 88 deaths Wednesday morning. That brings the state’s documented totals to 84,092 COVID-19 cases and 1,720 fatalities. The previous single-day highs were 4,682 on Tuesday and 79 deaths from June 24. However, both of those figures were inflated because they included older data that hadn’t previously been accounted for in the stat reports.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTAR News
Posted on Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Expansion of Kingman fire station underway
One contractor is remodeling and expanding Kingman Fire Station 2 and another is building training structures on the same two-acre parcel at 1605 Harrison St. T.R. Orr Incorporated is remodeling the 3,300-square-foot structure and building additional space on the east and west ends of the building.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2020 11:04:19 PM - SOURCE: Mohave Valley Daily News
Posted on Wed, 01 Jul 2020 06:04:19 GMT

Arizona flags to fly at half-staff for fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots
PHOTOS: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered flags to fly at half-staff at all state buildings Tuesday to honor the elite firefighters from Prescott who died in 2013 while battling a wildfire northwest of Phoenix. The 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots were overcome after a change in wind direction pushed the flames back toward their position.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2020 8:39:28 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Tue, 30 Jun 2020 15:39:28 GMT

Fire expected to continue smoldering in Bullhead City
PHOTO: A massive brush fire broke out Sunday along the Bullhead City bank of the Colorado River across from the Riverside Resort Casino at its rental lot along Highway 95 in Bullhead City. The blaze broke out around 4 p.m. and the smoke could be seen for miles, all the way down in Fort Mohave. According to the Bullhead City Fire Department, the fire still is smoldering in pockets.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2020 11:00:54 PM - SOURCE: Mohave Valley Daily News
Posted on Tue, 30 Jun 2020 06:00:54 GMT

Fire crews halt growth of fire near Flagstaff at three acres
PHOTO: Fire crews responded to a small blaze north of Flagstaff near Snowbowl Road on Monday. Firefighters arrived on the scene quickly after the smoke was first spotted just before 11 a.m., said Coconino National Forest spokesperson Brady Smith. By about 12:20 p.m. firefighters had stopped the fire's growth, keeping it at about three acres, as they continued to build fire lines surrounding the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2020 5:49:20 PM - SOURCE: Arizona Daily Sun
Posted on Tue, 30 Jun 2020 00:49:20 GMT

Containment grows to nearly 100% on Bush Fire near Tonto Basin
PHOTO: After starting more than two weeks ago, the Bush Fire is nearly 100% contained. As of Monday morning, 98% of the 193,455-acre fire had containment lines around it. Officials say until the monsoon arrives, Tonto Basin residents will continue to see smoke and burning activity as interior pockets burn.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2020 1:01:50 PM - SOURCE: Payson Roundup
Posted on Mon, 29 Jun 2020 20:01:50 GMT

Blaze engulfs Casa Grande Domino's
VIDEO: A fire at Domino’s in Casa Grande on Monday caused the evacuation of nearby businesses and the closure of Florence Boulevard. The fire was reported at 11:20 a.m. at 104 W. Florence Blvd. People were evacuated from businesses in the same strip mall as Casa Grande firefighters attempted to make entry.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Pinal Central
Posted on Tue, 30 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Chandler firefighter quarantined after testing positive for COVID-19
VIDEO: In this pandemic, the risk for frontline workers has only amplified. They can't stay home or keep their distance from others when they've been called upon to help. It's a scary reality for a Chandler firefighter who tested positive for COVID-19 last week. Chandler firefighter Eric Jones left work on Monday night feeling exhausted.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2020 9:39:51 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Mon, 29 Jun 2020 04:39:51 GMT

Wildfire near Window Rock causes evacuations and road closures
A wildfire burning near Window Rock on the Navajo Nation has caused some road closures and evacuations in the area. The Navajo Area Bureau of Indian Affairs says the lightning-caused fire, named Wood Springs Two, started Sunday evening and is currently 300 acres in size. BIA Fire says the wildfire started three miles east of Wood Springs, Arizona.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2020 6:38:35 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Mon, 29 Jun 2020 13:38:35 GMT

Tucson's Bighorn Fire: Windy, dry weather today could make for more fire, smoke
PHOTO: Gusty winds today could make it more difficult for crews fighting the Bighorn Fire as they concentrate on the eastern edge of the blaze where its spreading flames prompted evacuations over the weekend. Crews working by hand and with heavy equipment, like bulldozers, are on the eastern edge of the wildfire today as they try to keep the fire west of Piety Hill in the Redington area, officials said in a Monday morning briefing.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2020 8:29:46 AM - SOURCE: Tucson Arizona Daily Star
Posted on Mon, 29 Jun 2020 15:29:46 GMT

Motorhome, nearby wood building destroyed in Lake Havasu City
A motorhome and outside building were destroyed in a Saturday night fire in the 4000 block of Window Rock Road. According to a press release from Lake Havasu City Fire Department, the fire was reported by the homeowner around 5:30 p.m. Saturday. When firefighters arrived they found the motorhome and a nearby wood building were fully involved.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2020 1:11:23 AM - SOURCE: Lake Havasu City News-Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Mon, 29 Jun 2020 08:11:23 GMT

Firefighters quickly contain brush/building fire in Cornville
Verde Valley Fire District firefighters responded to a fire at a residence in Cornville on Sunday, June 28, at about 3 p.m., and were able to keep the fire from creating a large wildfire, according to a report. A brush fire started next to several homes and out-buildings in the 900 block of Page Springs Road with heavy black smoke visible from around the valley.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2020 7:39:49 PM - SOURCE: Verde Independent
Posted on Mon, 29 Jun 2020 02:39:49 GMT

Tucson's Bighorn Fire: Wildfire grows to 88,000 acres
The Bighorn Fire has grown to 88,046 acres but progress on fighting the blaze that's been burning north of Tucson since June 5, continues to go well, officials said in a Friday morning update. "We're in good shape with the work we've done so far," Incident Commander Scott Shuster, of the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team said Friday morning about fire lines and other buffers created around the areas of Oracle and SaddleBrooke.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2020 8:06:16 AM - SOURCE: Tucson Arizona Daily Star
Posted on Fri, 26 Jun 2020 15:06:16 GMT

Remembering the Granite Mountain Hotshots: 7th anniversary ceremony to be different this year
PHOTOS: Every year on June 30, the mountain community of Yarnell remembers the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who perished in 2013's Yarnell Hill Fire. Last year, the annual service drew nearly 150 people to a memorial park in the center of town. But this year's 7th anniversary remembrance is taking place virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2020 10:42:33 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Thu, 25 Jun 2020 17:42:33 GMT

Tucson Fire Department crews extinguish fire in vacant duplex
Firefighters from the Tucson Fire Department were dispatched to a fire in a vacant duplex in midtown late on Thursday, June 25. According to information from TFD, the fire happened just after 11 p.m. in the 2700 block of N. Sparkman Boulevard, near Glenn Street and Country Club Road. There were no injuries reported.
- PUB DATE: 6/26/2020 6:05:54 AM - SOURCE: Tucson News Now
Posted on Fri, 26 Jun 2020 13:05:54 GMT

Painted Wagon Fire near Wittmann burns 550 acres, destroys 5 structures
VIDEO: A wildfire that broke out 20 miles east of Wittmann, Arizona, has been fully contained. The brush fire burned 550 acres and destroyed five structures. Some residents who live near the area of 299th Avenue and Painted Wagon Road had been put on "SET" mode, and were prepared to evacuate. Now, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office has told those residents they could go back into ""READY" mode, meaning residents will not likely be evacuated.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2020 7:46:05 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Fri, 26 Jun 2020 02:46:05 GMT

Tucson Fire Department responds to south-side shed fire
Crews with the Tucson Fire Department extinguished a shed fire in a neighborhood on the city’s south side. In a tweet on Thursday, June 25, officials with TFD said the fire happened at a property on the 100 block of East Aviation Drive, near the intersection of East Sixth Avenue and East Ajo Way. One person suffered minor burns when they tried to hose down the flames, the tweet stated.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2020 1:52:53 PM - SOURCE: Tucson News Now
Posted on Thu, 25 Jun 2020 20:52:53 GMT

Buffelgrass, Wind and Tough Terrain: Bighorn Fire continues to grow, while firefighters face many obstacles
VIDEO: As the fire continues to grow, different layers of ecology, tough terrain and wind are all affecting the way firefighters can stop the spread. For a wild land firefighter, the different habitats living on the Catalina Mountains, from the brush to the oak trees, all act as different fuel types.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2020 7:38:57 AM - SOURCE: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
Posted on Thu, 25 Jun 2020 14:38:57 GMT

Meet the VLAT, the country's most powerful firefighting tool
PHOTOS: A DC-10 Air Tanker dropping retardant onto the Aquila Fire was a sight to see for the people who live in the area. It takes a whole team from the firefighters on the ground to the crews in the air to battle the large brush fires burning all across Arizona right now. The huge flames are dramatic and destructive themselves but the sight of the tankers making airdrops are an awesome sight as well.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2020 9:42:32 PM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Thu, 25 Jun 2020 04:42:32 GMT

Aspiring fire commander getting training of lifetime in Arizona
It has been a season unlike any other when it comes to wildfires in Arizona. The Bush Fire northeast of the Valley is the fifth-largest in Arizona history. The Bighorn Fire near Tucson is the ninth-largest on record for the state and the Mangum Fire burning near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park is the 10th-largest fire in state history.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2020 6:49:25 AM - SOURCE: KTAR 620 - Newsradio
Posted on Thu, 25 Jun 2020 13:49:25 GMT

'It was a very apocalyptic sight': Desert Hills Residents evacuated due to Aquila Fire return home
PHOTOS: Fire retardant stained the homes and properties of several residents on Wednesday after the Aquila Fire burned 843 acres the day before. The wildfire started northeast of Interstate 17 and Carefree Highway near the community of Desert Hills. The fire burned one home and five secondary structures to the ground.
- PUB DATE: 6/25/2020 7:37:38 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Thu, 25 Jun 2020 14:37:38 GMT

RV park blaze was in unprotected fire area west of Casa Grande
VIDEO: A fire demolished two recreational vehicles and two automobiles Tuesday afternoon in Sierra Vista RV Park west of Casa Grande. The fire could have been a whole lot worse. Steven Kerber, founder and chief of Regional Fire & Rescue Department, said the park is not in a protected fire district.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2020 2:19:39 PM - SOURCE: Pinal Central
Posted on Wed, 24 Jun 2020 21:19:39 GMT

Aquila Fire burning in north Phoenix, 200 homes evacuated
VIDEO: Arizona State Forestry says they are still fighting the Aquila Fire that began on Tuesday and forced residents from their homes. State Forestry officials say the fire started around 2:30 p.m. near 27th Avenue and the Carefree Highway. Crews say the flames are burning through wash and heavy vegetation, and at least three structures have been destroyed.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2020 3:46:12 PM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 ABC Phoenix
Posted on Tue, 23 Jun 2020 22:46:12 GMT

Floods follow fires: Leaders prepare for post-Bighorn Fire monsoon
VIDEO: All eyes have been on the Bighorn Fire since it sparked on June 5. But now, city and county leaders are preparing for what comes next — monsoon and flooding. “This isn’t our first rodeo with a fire on the mountain,” said Oro Valley’s public works director and town engineer, Paul Keesler. “We’ve been following this since Day 1.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2020 10:43:29 PM - SOURCE: Tucson News Now
Posted on Wed, 24 Jun 2020 05:43:29 GMT

Tempe Fire Medical Rescue celebrates ISO Class 1 rating
Tempe Fire Medical Rescue is now rated among the top 1 percent of all fire departments in the country, confirming that Tempe residents and businesses receive some of the best fire protection in the nation and that they could enjoy lower insurance rates as a result. The Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating is a nationally recognized review of a fire department’s capabilities.
- PUB DATE: 6/24/2020 7:22:12 AM - SOURCE: Tempe, Arizona
Posted on Wed, 24 Jun 2020 14:22:12 GMT

Wildlife making a run for it as wildfires rage across Arizona
VIDEO: Dozens of wildfires in Arizona have burned more than 400-thousand acres so far this year, including the Bush Fire in the Tonto National Forest. "This fire is very different from the Woodbury fire last year," said Amy Burnett, a spokesperson with the Arizona Department of Game and Fish. Fast-moving and intense flames are causing wildlife to flee.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2020 7:35:39 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Wed, 24 Jun 2020 02:35:39 GMT

Drowning victim recovered at Blue Ridge Reservoir
On June 21, Austin Smith, 32, of Payson, Arizona, was swimming at Blue Ridge Reservoir, also known as C.C. Cragin Reservoir when he went under water near and never resurfaced. Around 6:07 p.m. Coconino County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) and Blue Ridge Fire District responded to the scene. A search of the immediate area was conducted using bystanders’ boats, but the subject was not located.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2020 11:13:55 PM - SOURCE: Navajo-Hopi Observer
Posted on Wed, 24 Jun 2020 06:13:55 GMT

Crews make varying degrees of headway in Arizona wildfires
Hundreds of firefighters made some progress Monday against major wildfires across Arizona. Crews were fighting fires in the Santa Catalina Mountains in the Coronado National Forest overlooking Tucson, in the Tonto National Forest northeast of metro Phoenix, the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in northeast Arizona and in the Kaibab National Forest north of the Grand Canyon.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2020 7:41:19 AM - SOURCE: Pinal Central
Posted on Tue, 23 Jun 2020 14:41:19 GMT

Maricopa fire celebrates opening of new admin building
The very first Maricopa fire station began inside Napa Auto Parts, and dates back to the 1970s. The department was a part-time, volunteer unit back then, and the first truck was a 1948 F-4 fire engine. It grew and evolved with the city over the decades to be what it is today: an EMS, fire and major disaster operations unit.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2020 12:41:47 AM - SOURCE: Pinal Central
Posted on Tue, 23 Jun 2020 07:41:47 GMT

Behind the Battle: Bighorn Fire Base Camp
It’s their home away from home while working to protect yours. With more than 980 people battling the Bighorn Fire in the Catalina Mountains, Catalina State Park has been turned into a bustling base camp with officials working to make sure everything can go as planned. “They’re out there working hard, they’re working twelve hour days on the line,” said Harold Brown, the Food Unit Leader for the Southwest Type 1, Team 2 Management team.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2020 10:39:12 PM - SOURCE: KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson
Posted on Tue, 23 Jun 2020 05:39:12 GMT

Arizona reports about 3,500 new coronavirus cases, totaling more than 58,000 statewide
The Arizona Department of Health Services reported more than 3,500 new coronavirus cases Tuesday. With 3,591 new cases, the statewide total is 58,179, the department said Tuesday in its daily tally. The total number includes people who have recovered. The state said 1,384 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2020 9:54:09 AM - SOURCE: Tucson Arizona Daily Star
Posted on Tue, 23 Jun 2020 16:54:09 GMT

Timber Mesa Fire Stations are a “Safe Haven” for Babies
Timber Mesa Fire & Medical District employees recently received training from the Arizona Safe Baby Foundation that will assure that its employees are prepared in the event a parent(s) choose to surrender an infant (less than 72 hours old) to a Safe Baby Haven. The Safe Baby Haven Foundation was developed to give parent(s) of a newborn child, a safe option when they have made the decision to surrender the child to the State.
- PUB DATE: 6/23/2020 8:26:02 AM - SOURCE: White Mountain Independent
Posted on Tue, 23 Jun 2020 15:26:02 GMT

Man, 2 sons escape burning mobile home in front of Mesa house
VIDEO: A man and his two sons escaped a burning mobile home that was parked in front of a Mesa house early Monday morning. It happened in the neighborhood northeast of Ellsworth Road and University Drive before the sun came up. According to Shawn Gilleland of the Rural/Metro Fire Department, the fire started in the mobile home and extended to the house.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2020 6:43:10 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Mon, 22 Jun 2020 13:43:10 GMT

Gilbert: $6.1M ambulance plan considered
Gilbert appears headed toward operating its own ambulance service this coming fiscal year at a cost of $6.7 million. Funding for the service is included in the budget adopted last week as a placeholder until Council decides if it wants to keep or cut ties with private provider American Medical Response or AMR.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2020 1:38:36 AM - SOURCE: Gilbert Sun News
Posted on Mon, 22 Jun 2020 08:38:36 GMT

Phoenix firefighters urge hikers to take precautions with summer heat
VIDEO: Firefighters are urging hikers to take precautions before they hit the trails this summer. On Sunday, a familiar scene at Piestewa Peak as firefighters were called to help a woman suffering from heat stress. "She became fatigued, she called our crews, along with her boyfriend called our crews, and asked for assistance," said Phoenix Fire Department Captain Jake Van Hook.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2020 9:39:15 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Mon, 22 Jun 2020 04:39:15 GMT

Bush Fire northeast of Phoenix area nears 187,000 acres, 42% contained
PHOTO: The Bush Fire outside of metro Phoenix has grown to nearly 187,000 acres and was 42% contained as of Monday morning, fire officials said. It is the fifth-largest wildfire in Arizona’s history, based on KTAR News 92.3 FM research. The blaze in the Tonto National Forest has eaten through land around State Route 87 northeast of Mesa and is the largest fire burning in the United States.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2020 11:58:07 AM - SOURCE: KTAR 620 - Newsradio
Posted on Sun, 21 Jun 2020 18:58:07 GMT

Southern edge of Bighorn Fire running low on fuel as it moves closer to Tucson
Firefighters spent most of Sunday strengthening fire lines in the Summerhaven area and burning down the ridge line north of the town as they continued to fight the 58,500-acre Bighorn Fire, officials said. East of the Mount Lemmon Highway, crews are staying ahead of the fire’s edge and working to keep it from crossing the road near structures, said Rick Miller, an operations section chief of the Southwest Incident Management Team in a briefing Sunday afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 6/21/2020 8:03:28 PM - SOURCE: Arizona Daily Star
Posted on Mon, 22 Jun 2020 03:03:28 GMT

Related: Questions raised about effectiveness of flame retardant used against wildfires
PHOTO: From the stark, deeply incised rock face of Pusch Ridge to the spruce-lined top of Mount Lemmon, one color seems to have dominated the two-week battle of the Bighorn Fire: Flaming, searing red — maybe a cross between the hues of raspberries and some coral reefs. It’s the color of the aerial fire retardant that firefighters dropped on many a ridgeline in an effort to slow the stubborn blaze, which has burned about 42,000 acres both inside and outside the Pusch Ridge Wilderness.
- PUB DATE: 6/22/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Daily Star
Posted on Mon, 22 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT

Bush Fire jumps to 5th-largest Arizona wildfire, passing 150,000 acres
The Bush Fire outside of metro Phoenix spread past 150,000 acres by early Friday, making it the fifth-largest wildfire in Arizona history. The blaze in the Tonto National Forest has eaten through land around State Route 87 northeast of Mesa at an alarming rate and was 7% contained, officials reported.
- PUB DATE: 6/19/2020 8:26:13 AM - SOURCE: KTAR 620 - Newsradio
Posted on Fri, 19 Jun 2020 15:26:13 GMT

Bighorn Fire grows to more than 37,058 acres
The Bighorn Fire has grown to more than 37,058 acres and remains at 40 percent containment on Friday, June 19. The evacuation orders for Mount Lemmon, Mount Bigelow and Summerhaven remain in effect. Trico Electric Cooperative turned off its generator and shut off power to Mt. Lemmon effective 5:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2020 10:45:55 PM - SOURCE: Tucson News Now
Posted on Fri, 19 Jun 2020 05:45:55 GMT

Related: Pima County steps up to keep pets, livestock safe from Bighorn Fire
Since the Bighorn Fire evacuations have began, Pima County's Rillito Racetrack has stepped up to temporarily take in livestock and other sized critters for the time being Currently there are four horses and some poultry are in there care. Officials said a cow is even on the way. The Pima Animal Care Center has also taken in some smaller animals, as well.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2020 1:02:17 PM - SOURCE: KVOA-TV NBC 4 Tucson
Posted on Thu, 18 Jun 2020 20:02:17 GMT

Coronavirus presents challenges to Arizona firefighters
The Bush Fire became one of the largest wildfires in Arizona history in a matter of days. As hotshot crews have battled hot, windy weather, coronavirus has added a new challenge. Arizona fire camps are like small cities that spring up overnight in the desert. Crews typically mingle and enjoy meals together.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2020 7:40:20 PM - SOURCE: KJZZ-FM 91.5
Posted on Fri, 19 Jun 2020 02:40:20 GMT

Bush Fire keeps growing northeast of Phoenix area to nearly 115,000 acres
The massive Bush Fire northeast of metro Phoenix continues to grow and had consumed nearly 115,00 acres by Thursday morning, authorities said. The blaze eating up tall grasses and brush in Tonto National Forest was 5% contained. No structure damage or injuries have been reported. The fire has been thriving on a combination of high temperatures, winds up to 30 mph and an abundance of dry vegetation.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2020 5:46:45 AM - SOURCE: KTAR-FM 92.3 Glendale
Posted on Thu, 18 Jun 2020 12:46:45 GMT

Mangum Fire in Kaibab National Forest expands to over 56,000 acres
A fire in northern Arizona that prompted officials to temporarily close a portion of the Grand Canyon National Park resulted in an evacuation order on Wednesday. Residents along the House Rock Road area north of Highway 89A were evacuated at 4 p.m. by authorities, according to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2020 7:48:00 PM - SOURCE: KTAR-FM 92.3 Glendale
Posted on Thu, 18 Jun 2020 02:48:00 GMT

Bighorn Fire grows to 31,208 acres; two new zones ordered to evacuate
VIDEO: The Bighorn Fire has grown to 31,208 acres and remains at 40 percent containment on Thursday, June 18. The evacuation order for Mount Lemmon, Mount Bigelow and Summerhaven remains in effect. Trico Electric Cooperative turned off its generator and shut off power to Mt. Lemmon effective 5:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2020 7:41:12 AM - SOURCE: Tucson News Now
Posted on Thu, 18 Jun 2020 14:41:12 GMT

Related: Variety of crews, tools and aircraft being used to fight Bighorn Fire
Bighorn Fire personnel have been working 12- to 16-hour shifts for 14 days in a row in their war on the flames threatening hundreds of Tucson-area homes and the community of Summerhaven on Mount Lemmon, officials said. About 700 people are collectively involved in hosing down hot spots, hacking through brush, digging fire lines and spreading water and flame retardant, and supporting the firefighting effort, the latest fire update shows.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2020 8:11:24 PM - SOURCE: Tucson Arizona Daily Star
Posted on Thu, 18 Jun 2020 03:11:24 GMT

Bush Fire explodes to become 7th-largest in Arizona history
PHOTO: The Bush Fire raging northeast of the Phoenix area continues to eat up land in the Tonto National Forest with little containment, officials said. By early Wednesday, the blaze became the seventh-largest in Arizona wildfire history at more than 89,059 acres, based on KTAR News 92.3 FM research.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2020 8:26:07 AM - SOURCE: KTAR 620 - Newsradio
Posted on Wed, 17 Jun 2020 15:26:07 GMT

Fighting the flames: Women firefighters of the Gila Valley
PHOTO: Whether you see them standing beside a brush fire or driving a fire engine toward a structure fire, there are women in the Gila Valley gearing up and showing up. The Pima, Thatcher, and Safford fire departments all have had women on their fire teams at one time or another. Currently, Safford and Pima have two women firefighters in each of their crews.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2020 2:38:13 AM - SOURCE: Eastern Arizona Courier - Metered Site
Posted on Wed, 17 Jun 2020 09:38:13 GMT

High winds move Bighorn Fire within 10 miles of Summerhaven, Ski Valley on Tuesday
PHOTO: Tuesday's high winds moved the Bighorn Fire along the Sutherland Ridge Trail where it meets the Mount Lemmon #5 Hiking Trail just east of Summerhaven, officials said. That meeting point where the fire reached is about four miles from Ski Valley and about six miles from Summerhaven. Fire crews responded to the fire's movement Tuesday with large airtankers to work the fire's edge and keep it from moving closer to the observatory, Rocky Gilbert, an operations section chief for the Southwest Incident Management Team, said in a video update Tuesday evening.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2020 11:07:17 PM - SOURCE: Tucson Arizona Daily Star
Posted on Wed, 17 Jun 2020 06:07:17 GMT

Payson Fire Department implements further fire restrictions
With fire conditions worsening, the Payson Fire Department at 8 a.m. Wednesday is imposing additional fire restrictions. Under Stage II restrictions, they prohibit the following activities within town limits: All outside burning. Building recreational fires, open burning and using portable outdoor fireplaces is prohibited.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2020 2:03:48 AM - SOURCE: Payson Roundup
Posted on Wed, 17 Jun 2020 09:03:48 GMT

Bighorn Fire grows to nearly 16,000 acres; efforts underway to protect Mount Lemmon
The Bighorn Fire burning north of Tucson has grown to 15,805 acres, but progress has been made with containment reaching 30% Tuesday morning. Storms to the south and east of the blaze on Monday limited the fire spread. Humidity from Monday will dissipate and hot, dry conditions are expected today, with strong southwest winds of up to 30 miles per hour expected.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2020 9:00:58 AM - SOURCE: Tucson Arizona Daily Star
Posted on Tue, 16 Jun 2020 16:00:58 GMT

Related: Northwest Fire District specialized unit available to rescue Bighorn Fire first responders
VIDEO: A specialized unit with the Northwest Fire District is on the ground at the Bighorn Fire to help rescue first responders. The Rapid Extraction Module Support or REMS unit are wild land firefighters and paramedics trained to save first responders putting out wildfires. They use off-road cars with specialized rope rescue and medical equipment.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2020 6:59:57 AM - SOURCE: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
Posted on Tue, 16 Jun 2020 13:59:57 GMT

Massive blaze displaces apartment residents on Tucson's south side
PHOTO: A large number of people were displaced by a fire at the Spanish Trail Suites on Tucson's south side Monday night. The three-alarm blaze took 2 hours and 44 minutes to get under control by a team of 62 firefighters and three agencies — Tucson, South Tucson and Northwest fire departments. The Tucson Fire Department was called to the fire at 7:03 p.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2020 8:20:27 AM - SOURCE: Tucson Arizona Daily Star
Posted on Tue, 16 Jun 2020 15:20:27 GMT

Bush Fire surges overnight, nears top 10 for Arizona’s largest wildfires
The Bush Fire northeast of metro Phoenix surged overnight and is fast becoming one of the largest wildfires in Arizona history. The blaze’s footprint in the Tonto National Forest between Fountain Hills and Roosevelt Lake expanded to 64,513 acres with 0% containment by Tuesday morning, according to forest officials, making it the largest current wildfire in the nation.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2020 8:27:23 AM - SOURCE: KTAR 620 - Newsradio
Posted on Tue, 16 Jun 2020 15:27:23 GMT

Phoenix first responders showcase preparedness for monsoon season
With monsoon season officially underway, the city of Phoenix on Monday held its annual Monsoon Preparedness Event to educate the public and showcase the equipment and tactics used to help keep the Valley safe during storms. In addition to staging their equipment, the Phoenix Fire Department Technical Rescue Team cautioned visitors or newcomers to Phoenix about the deadly consequences that can occur if someone drives a car into a flooded roadway.
- PUB DATE: 6/16/2020 5:54:04 AM - SOURCE: KTAR 620 - Newsradio
Posted on Tue, 16 Jun 2020 12:54:04 GMT

Mangum Fire near north Rim grows to 25,000 acres, prompts evacuations
PHOTO: Residents, businesses and campgrounds in Jacob Lake remain evacuated as a large wildfire burns near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. According to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, about 230 people were initially evacuated from Jacob Lake and the surrounding areas. An additional 50 visitors were escorted out of the area over the weekend.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2020 3:36:13 PM - SOURCE: KNAU-FM NPR
Posted on Mon, 15 Jun 2020 22:36:13 GMT

Bighorn Fire grows to 14,675 acres; Summerhaven, Mt. Lemmon residents in ‘SET’ alert status
Officials said the Bighorn Fire is at 14,675 acres with 22 percent containment as of Monday, June 15. Residents of Mt. Lemmon and Summerhaven were advised on Sunday, June 14, to get “SET” to evacuate. This advisory status remains in effect on Monday morning. The set area includes Mt. Lemmon, Mt. Bigelow Organization Ridge Road and Summerhaven.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2020 8:02:50 PM - SOURCE: KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson
Posted on Mon, 15 Jun 2020 03:02:50 GMT

Large fire at box and paper facility in Phoenix
VIDEO: Dozens of firefighters were called to Cactus Container in west Phoenix to battle a large fire. Officials with the Phoenix Fire Department say it sparked at the cardboard box and paper distribution site near 43rd Avenue and Van Buren Street. The facility stores lots of recycled paper which caused the fire to spread quickly.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2020 10:44:44 AM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Sun, 14 Jun 2020 17:44:44 GMT

'Mangum Fire' grows to 19,806 acres in Kaibab National Forest
Officials are battling a wildfire in Kaibab National Forest nine miles southwest of Jacob Lake at Mangum Springs. The "Mangum Fire" has grown to 19,806 acres as of Sunday after it sparked Monday, June 08. The fire is currently 2 percent contained and what caused the fire is currently under investigation.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2020 5:15:35 PM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Mon, 15 Jun 2020 00:15:35 GMT

Man arrested on 'several' felony charges after rear-ending golf cart in Scottsdale, hospitalizing 5 people
Scottsdale police announced they arrested 22-year-old Robert Gandara on several felony charges after an early Sunday morning crash involving Gandara in a vehicle and a golf cart hospitalized five people. The five people taken to the hospital were all on the golf cart when police say Gandara rear-ended the cart on Miller Road just north of Chaparral Road around 2 a.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2020 11:24:22 AM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Sun, 14 Jun 2020 18:24:22 GMT

Bringham Fire crews battle strong winds; headway being made with Blue River, Dry Lake fires
Despite lightning, light precipitation and strong winds Saturday, the U.S. Forest Service said the Bringham Fire north of Morenci didn't grow significantly. It is now at roughly 13,600 acres. According to the Forest Service, more than 200 firefighters are working the fire now and thanks to the additional crews, they are fighting the fire on all sides.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2020 1:01:42 PM - SOURCE: Eastern Arizona Courier
Posted on Sun, 14 Jun 2020 20:01:42 GMT

Bighorn Fire grows to 7,092 acres, 10 percent containment
VIDEO: The Bighorn Fire on the western end of the Santa Catalina Mountains grew to 7,092 acres as of Friday, June 12. Containment remains at 10 percent. Crews conducted burnout operations on Thursday, June 11, introducing fire along the south end of Pima Canyon eastward toward Finger Rock and Pontatoc Ridge.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2020 7:44:50 AM - SOURCE: Tucson News Now
Posted on Fri, 12 Jun 2020 14:44:50 GMT

Apache County: Man gets out of burning home
A man living on Apache County Road 3040 got out of his burning home Tuesday morning, June 9 with just his pants, the shirt on his back, and shoes that were in his truck. The cause of the fire that started around 7 a.m. is unknown at this time. Vernon Fire District firefighters arrived on scene just 22 minutes after a man and his girlfriend who live very nearby on ACR 3039 called it in to 911.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2020 5:41:34 AM - SOURCE: White Mountain Independent
Posted on Fri, 12 Jun 2020 12:41:34 GMT

Bringham, Dry Lake and Blue River fires still going strong
The Bringham Fire has now at 4,800 acres and firefighters still haven't been able to contain any portion of it. Located in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest ,22 miles north of Morenci, the Bringham fire was started by a lightning strike on June 6. According to the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest Service, firefighters are using burnout plans along Highway 191 to keep the fire’s front flames in control and to the east of the highway.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2020 1:48:43 AM - SOURCE: Eastern Arizona Courier
Posted on Fri, 12 Jun 2020 08:48:43 GMT

Arizona Department of Transportation sweeper involved in crash on I-17 in Phoenix
PHOTO: The Department of Public Safety is investigating a crash involving multiple vehicles on Interstate 17. Emergency crews with the Phoenix Fire Department were called to northbound I-17, north of Cactus for reports of a crash. According to Phoenix Fire, an Arizona Department of Transportation street sweeper was involved along with several other vehicles.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2020 11:18:27 AM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Thu, 11 Jun 2020 18:18:27 GMT

Navajo County off-road crash sends two to hospital
PHOTO: Navajo County Sheriff David Clouse is warning those who operate off-road vehicles to be aware of the terrain they drive in before doing so, and not to try something that has the potential of serious harm to themselves or others. NCSO deputies were called to a single vehicle off-road crash involving four people (all wearing seat belts) in a Polaris RZR off of Lone Pine Dam Road in the vicinity of milepost 5 (near the Burton Road turn off) Saturday, June 6 that investigators came about because the driver jumped a hill causing the Polaris to travel 28 feet in the air before it landed and the driver lost control.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2020 5:18:03 AM - SOURCE: White Mountain Independent
Posted on Fri, 12 Jun 2020 12:18:03 GMT

Upward trend in virus cases confirmed among Phoenix first responders
In addition to an aggressive wildfire season and active protest demonstrations in the metro area, Phoenix first responders are also contending with an increased threat of coronavirus among their ranks. There are currently 11 confirmed coronavirus cases within the Phoenix Police Department and 8 within the Phoenix Fire Department, P.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2020 4:44:14 AM - SOURCE: KTAR 620 - Newsradio
Posted on Thu, 11 Jun 2020 11:44:14 GMT

Cave Creek couple makes miraculous discovery after returning from destructive Ocotillo Fire
VIDEO: Winds quickly fanned the flames of the brush fire that sparked on May 30, and it burned down eight homes in Cave Creek before getting under control. When Raoult Bertrand and Collette Taffe evacuated their Cave Creek home on Saturday, May 30th, they could see the flames of the Ocotillo Fire approaching, and they weren’t sure they’d have a house to return to when the fire was out.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2020 10:47:37 PM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Thu, 11 Jun 2020 05:47:37 GMT

Catalina Foothills warned to be prepared to evacuate from Bighorn Fire
Residents of the Catalina Foothills between Alvernon and 1st Avenue, north of Ina Road, should be prepared to leave their homes due to the "significant danger" from the Bighorn Fire burning on the mountain slopes above. That area is now in the second stage of Arizona's evacuation alert system, and residents should be "Set" and "be alert" and ready to leave their homes if notified, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2020 11:29:57 PM - SOURCE: Tucson Sentinel
Posted on Thu, 11 Jun 2020 06:29:57 GMT

Firefighters gain ground on 800-acre Mangum Fire on Kaibab Plateau
Firefighters were able to gain ground yesterday on the 800-acre Mangum Fire because of less windy conditions and the arrival of additional fire resources. On June 9, crews successfully began establishing potential boundaries to the wildfire's future growth along the eastern, northern and western perimeters.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2020 2:54:04 PM - SOURCE: Williams-Grand Canyon News
Posted on Wed, 10 Jun 2020 21:54:04 GMT

Behind these city walls: An Independent examination of the local COVID-19 response
As the COVID-19 pandemic extended its tentacles into local cities and towns, municipal officials responded to decisions from the federal and state government for guidance to keep residents safe from an invisible enemy. The experience was unchartered territory for everyone, especially municipalities who had to juggle the need to continue to provide city services such as water and trash with the health and safety of employees and residents.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2020 3:42:35 PM - SOURCE: Mesa Independent
Posted on Wed, 10 Jun 2020 22:42:35 GMT

Illegal campfires persist despite bans throughout Arizona
Forest officials in northern Arizona continue to report illegal and abandoned campfires despite bans across the state. It comes as conditions dry out and fire danger increases. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports. Coconino National Forest officials say they typically see spikes in illegal campfires during weekends as more people head to the woods.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNAU Arizona Public Radio Flagstaff
Posted on Wed, 10 Jun 2020 07:00:00 GMT



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