News Archive

Thinning on the Coconino National Forest Helped Contain the Slide Fire

5/29/2014
Last week, high winds carried embers beyond the Slide Fire’s containment lines. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, previous forest treatment projects helped keep the fire from spreading toward Flagstaff.
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Baker: Why protecting state’s threatened forests matters to Valley residents

5/28/2014
Arizona’s forests are in poor health. They’re overgrown, and without action, catastrophic fires are almost a certainty — putting the state’s physical beauty, economic vitality and water supplies at risk.
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Coconino Voices: What firefighters really need

5/28/2014
The ongoing Slide wildfire burning south of town in Oak Creek Canyon has brought forth those willing to donate clothing, water and food. It’s natural, and it happens on most every fire: people want to show gratitude or they honestly believe firefighters need the items to carry on the fight.
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Long-term damage from Slide fire unclear

5/28/2014
The Slide fire marches on west of Oak Creek Canyon, but the studies of the damage done are already underway. The potential impacts include flooding, rockslides, road damage and the disruption of the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Highway 89A switchbacks project.
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Burnouts halt Slide fire's advance; blaze 35 percent contained

5/27/2014
A week after a wildfire exploded up Oak Creek Canyon to become the largest in Coconino County history, fire managers are confident the worst has passed.
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Slide Fire: Forest restoration helped crews hold the line

5/25/2014
Officials said a forest restoration project in Coconino National Forest has been key to maintaining a line around the Slide Fire and is a reason why pre-evacuation notices for two subdivisions near Flagstaff are set to be lifted at noon on Monday.
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Can fire-suppressed wilderness still be saved?

5/25/2014
This one will be a holiday weekend to remember. Let’s resolve this time to act on what we’ve learned — or at least get all the options out on the table. Memorial Day makes the sacrifices of our armed forces not just an abstraction — for at least one day a year they have real names and families
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USFS chief: It could "take a decade" to counter "megafire" trend

5/22/2014
The head of the U.S. Forest Service told a Missoula conference the country is entering an era where fires are going to be more active, and the risk of "mega fires" is growing.
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Bark Beetles Targeted For Wildfire Control

5/21/2014
The federal government announced plans Tuesday to keep forests in the Southwest from burning out of control. Getting a handle on the bark-beetle epidemic is at the center of the effort.
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WILDFIRES: Southwest struggles to adapt to year-round fire season

5/12/2014
Last week was Wildfire Awareness Week in California, a time when firefighters and forest managers travel up and down the state talking about fire risk and public safety. Usually that would mean wildfire conditions were just picking up, with higher temperatures drying out fuels nurtured by winter
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