The Oak Creek Canyon switchbacks between Flagstaff and Sedona are now completely open. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, this comes on the heels of closures that resulted from wildfire and a major construction project.
According to officials with the Coconino National Forest, crews are responding to a small fire at the southeast base of Mt. Elden in Flagstaff. Currently, it's less than one acre in size and is burning north of the Flagstaff Ranger District office on Highway 89. Smoke will likely be noticeable from town. KNAU will report more information as it becomes available.
According to the Coconino National Forest, the Junipine Fire is 12 acres and 25 percent contained. It has been moving toward the Slide Fire burn area, but also south in an area that had not previously burned. About 60 to 70 personnel are on scene.
The fire was reported at 3:15 p.m. on Monday and its cause is thought to have been a downed power line, though that's not confirmed yet. Officials are cautiously optimistic that the fire will be contained by the end of the day Tuesday.
Rita Cheng (second from left) speaks with the media Thursday afternoon on the NAU campus. Also pictured are Arizona Board of Regents members: Chair Rick Myers (left), Treasurer LuAnn Leonard (second from right), and Vice Chair Mark Killian.
Yesterday, Rita Cheng, the finalist to become the next president of Northern Arizona University visited the Flagstaff mountain campus. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, she addressed the challenges of an expanding higher education environment.
The head of Homeland Security denied Thursday that what his agency is doing with children flooding into this country illegally is only encouraging more to come. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.
Astronaut Mark Kelly says New York’s Times Square is the brightest place on Earth when looking down from space. After that, the next brightest is the Strip in Las Vegas. What may not be readily seen from space is Flagstaff, the first International Dark Sky City. That’s a designation he and his wife, former congresswoman Gabby Giffords, fully support. Kelly recently spoke on the campus of Northern Arizona University.