Fire Season 2014

KNAU and Arizona News
2:58 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Monitoring and Oversight a Common Theme in FWPP Public Comments

Steep slopes in the Dry Lake Hills north of Flagstaff. It's one of two locations for the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project, which will thin more than 15,000 acres over the next several years.
Credit FWPP

The recent public comment period for the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project yielded more than 500 issues for managers to consider. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, many local residents voiced concerns about how the large-scale forest-thinning project will be monitored.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:25 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Forest Crews Begin the Prescribed Fire Season in Northern Arizona

A prescribed burn conducted by a Forest Service crew.
Credit azprescribedfirecouncil.org

Managers on northern Arizona’s forests are gearing up for an active prescribed-burn season this fall. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, conditions are favorable for a variety of fire-mitigation projects. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Wildfire Protection Act Passes U.S. House, Faces Uncertain Future in Senate

Credit David Kadlubowski/AP

Last week the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Catastrophic Wildfire Protection Act. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s designed to shore up national firefighting efforts while developing business opportunities.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Despite the Slide Fire, 2014 an Average Wildfire Season on Coconino NF

Credit Heather Noel/Coconino National Forest

After northern Arizona’s sixth driest winter on record, forest managers anticipated a busier-than-normal wildfire season in 2014. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the season was less extreme than expected.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:08 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Several Abandoned Campfires Reported Over Labor Day Weekend

Credit blog.theclymb.com

Over Labor Day weekend, nearly three dozen abandoned campfires were reported on the Coconino National Forest. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the number represents a major uptick over previous years.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

What Would Cable Logging Mean for the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project?

A non-native species takes a dip in the Dry Lake Hills north of Flagstaff.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

The Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project is a major forest-thinning initiative set to begin in 2015. It’s designed to safeguard vulnerable areas near Flagstaff against wildfire and mitigate some of its most destructive after effects. In 2012, Flagstaff voters approved $10 million for the project and now the Forest Service has proposed four options for possible treatments, including cable logging, something never before done in the area. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius recently spoke with the project’s manager, Erin Phelps, and asked, “What exactly is cable logging?” 

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Public Comment Period for the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project Nears End

A monsoon storm rolls into the Dry Lake Hills north of Flagstaff. The popular local hiking and mountain biking area will likely be the location of a heavy forest thinning project over the next several years.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

The public comment period for a major forest-thinning project in the Flagstaff area will end Mon, Aug. 18. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the project could involve heavy thinning in some of Flagstaff’s most picturesque areas.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:00 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Arizona One of the Country’s Most At-Risk States Due to Natural Disaster

Flames from the Wallow Fire — Arizona's largest-ever wildfire — consume pine trees in 2011.
Credit Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

A personal finance website has ranked Arizona as the 10th most at-risk state for natural disaster. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, major wildfires caused by persistent drought contributed to the Grand Canyon State making the list.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:52 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Coconino National Forest Managing Four Lightning-Caused Wildfires

Coconino National Forest officials are actively managing four lightning-caused fires. All are burning at a low intensity on the forest floor. As on the Kaibab National Forest, these fires are being used to increase safety, reduce fuels and for vegetation and wildlife habitat restoration.

The 300-acre Willard Fire is burning south of Flagstaff between Oak Creek Canyon and I-17 near the Willard Springs Interchange. Smoke may be visible from Kachina Village, Mountainaire, Munds Park and Sedona.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:24 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Crews Manage Three Fires on the Kaibab National Forest Ahead of Drier Weather

The Sitgreaves Fire burning near Parks on Wed, July 16.
Credit Kaibab National Forest

Managers on the Kaibab National Forest have been taking advantage of wetter conditions by allowing multiple wildfires to burn. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, with drier weather on the way, crews are preparing for more unpredictable fire activity.

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