Flagstaff, AZ – 950 firefighters are now battling the Schultz Fire, still burning about five miles north of Flagstaff. The fire crews have come from across the west, but many are from Flagstaff. For them, the fight is personal, as Arizona Public Radio's Daniel Kraker reports.
Phoenix, AZ – It didn't take long for the candidates to start attacking each other in a televised debate Tuesday night. In fact, the charges started coming with Andrew Thomas' opening statement where he pointed out that Tom Horne ran a company that filed for bankruptcy and that he entered into an agreement with the Securities and Exchange Commission that resulted in a lifetime trading ban. Horne conceded the facts but said Thomas has a reason to bring up something that happened 40 years ago.
Flagstaff, AZ – Firefighters finally began to get a handle on the Schultz Fire yesterday, which they now estimate is 20 percent contained. But the best news came when Coconino County Sheriff Bill Pribil stepped to the podium at a press conference along Highway 89 near the fire.
"Due to the valiant efforts of the firefighting services, we believe we will allowing people back into the evacuated areas. Applause. Yeah. We are excited."
Flagstaff, AZ – Firefighters battling the Schultz Fire are again dealing with very dry, windy conditions. But they made good progress last night strengthening the fire lines that are protecting 750 homes that have been evacuated. Fire information officer Eric Nietzel says today crews are again focusing on protecting that property.
Flagstaff, AZ – The Schultz Fire has grown to 10,000 acres or about 15 square miles. More than 800 firefighters are keeping the fire from burning homes north of Flagstaff. And more are on their way. That's what fire officials told a packed Coconino High School auditorium Monday night at a public information meeting. Arizona Public Radio's Laurel Morales reports.
Flagstaff, AZ – Yesterday was another difficult day for the now 800 firefighters struggling to slow the fast moving Schultz Fire. Eric Nietzel is a public information officer on the Schultz Fire.
"The big challenge was the wind, and the low RH, really caused some active fire behavior, to the point where we don't feel comfortable putting crews in front of the fire, so we pulled some crews back, we were letting the fire do its thing."