Fire Season 2017

There was a surge in the number of abandoned campfires over the holiday weekend, according to National Forest officials. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Undated Inciweb photo of the Pinal Fire.

A lightning-caused wildfire burning in the forested Pinal Mountains overlooking Globe in east-central Arizona continues to expand within a containment area projected by fire managers.

Coconino National Forest

Coconino National Forest officials have closed an area west of Lake Mary Road as they allow a lightning-caused wildfire to continue to burn. Officials say they want the 600-acre Snake Ridge Fire to grow much larger to remove dead wood and other fuel to reduce the risk of severe wildfire.

Yihyun Jeong/azcentral.com

Arizona officials say they expect a lower-than-normal wildfire season in the state's higher elevation areas but see potential for an above-average fire season in desert and grassland areas at lower elevations.

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Forest managers in northern Arizona are mobilizing resources and staff for the upcoming fire season. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, they’re expecting mostly normal conditions.


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