Ryan Heinsius

Executive Producer/Local Content Manager

Ryan was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. But after a family trip to the Grand Canyon as a child, he became entranced with the Southwest and has now lived in Flagstaff for more than a decade and a half. Before joining the KNAU newsroom as local content manger, Ryan was the editor for the local weekly paper, Flag Live, for 10 years. The experience helped him become deeply embedded in the Flagstaff community. As a longtime local musician Ryan has performed, recorded and hit the road with several bands over the years. He can currently be seen playing regular gigs with the Voluntary String Band around Flagstaff and many other Southwestern live-music locales. Ryan also spends many hours riding his mountain bike on dusty trails attempting to keep up with his wife.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:09 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Favorable Weather Conditions Aid Crews Battling the Slide Fire

Incident commander Tony Sciacca at Friday's morning briefing at Ft. Tuthill.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Crews continue to battle the 7,500-acre Slide Fire near Flagstaff. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, favorable weather could bring some relief in fighting the fire that’s now 5 percent contained.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:51 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Officials Report Progress in Fighting the Slide Fire

Flagstaff Fire Captain Bill Morse gives an update on Thursday morning at the Ft. Tuthill staging area in Flagstaff.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Crews are making progress battling the Slide Fire burning near Flagstaff. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the blaze is now estimated to be more than 4,800 acres in size.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:21 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Fighting the Slide Fire

Credit Ryan Heinsius

More than 800 personnel have streamed in from around the country to fight the Slide Fire. And, a makeshift village has cropped up in the staging area at Ft. Tuthill south of Flagstaff. Here are some scenes from Thursday morning as crews mobilized for a third day of battling the blaze.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:56 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Type 1 Incident Team Takes Over Slide Fire Management

The Slide Fire as seen from the Oak Creek Vista Wednesday morning.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Strong winds and steep terrain are challenging crews fighting the Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon south of Flagstaff. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports from Flagstaff, a Type 1 Incident Management Team has taken control of the fire that has grown dramatically since first being reported Tuesday afternoon.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Bill Protects Cities from Settlements After Deaths of Safety Personnel

A firefighter sets a backburn during a 2011 eastern Arizona wildfire.
Credit AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Gov. Brewer has signed a bill shielding cities and towns from large settlements relating to death or serious injury of public safety employees. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the bill was inspired by the deaths of 19 firefighters last summer during the Yarnell Hill Fire.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Officials Investigate Death of Endangered Mexican Gray Wolf in Arizona

A Mexican grey wolf at Wolf Haven International in Washington State.
Credit wolfhaven.org, Julie Lawrence

Wildlife managers are investigating the death of an endangered Mexican grey wolf in the White Mountains. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the announcement comes soon after unsuccessful moves in the state to halt the reintroduction of the animals in the Southwest.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Park Officials Seek Public Input in Grand Canyon Bison Management

Bison on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon
Credit AP/Kaibab National Forest

The National Park Service is holding a public comment period regarding the management of a bison herd on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, some wildlife advocacy groups are pushing for the animals to remain in the park.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Grand Canyon Continues to Battle Harmful Invasive Plant Species

Invasive tamarisk trees in the Grand Canyon
Credit blog.audubonguides.com, photo by Lisa Densmore

Next month, officials at the Grand Canyon will continue a program of ridding many areas of invasive plant species. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the goal is to protect native habitats even in the most heavily visited areas.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Coconino County To Test New Emergency Alert System

A flood in Kachina Village in 2004.
Credit azwater.gov

Today, Coconino County will conduct a large-scale test of a new system that warns residents during emergencies. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, officials are hoping it will be an effective replacement of the county’s old emergency system.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Area National Forests to Implement Campfire Restrictions Friday

Smoke from the Schultz Fire in 2010
Credit Coconino National Forest

On Friday, four area national forests will implement Stage 1 campfire and smoking restrictions in an attempt to lessen the danger of human-caused wildfire. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s the earliest the bans have gone into effect in almost 10 years.

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