Fire Season 2017

Ventura County Fire Department, via European Pressphoto Agency

More than 200,000 people are under evacuation orders in the greater Los Angeles area as several major wildfires continue to burn. Firefighting crews from all across the country are either on scene or en route to the front lines, including several municipal fire departments from Arizona. City of Prescott Fire Chief Dennis Light told to KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius his crew is prepping to go. 


Ryan Cullom/Ventura County Fire Department, via AP

Arizona is sending personnel and equipment to help battle wildfires burning in Southern California.

Eric Brekke, BLM

Forest managers want to restore fire to northern Arizona’s ecosystems, and a tiny owl is a big player in that plan. For the first time, state biologists have designed an experiment to learn how the threatened Mexican Spotted Owl responds to prescribed burns. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports.


Eagar Fire Department

Authorities say rain has helped firefighters quickly gain control over a wildfire burning in eastern Arizona.

The Arizona Republic

Congressional funding has not kept pace with decades of federal firefighting costs. Now, Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake are pushing to fully pay for suppression efforts. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports. 


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