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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Northern Arizona’s Forest Managers Focus on Firefighter Safety

The final photo taken of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. It was texted by one of the members of the crew to his wife.
Credit Courtesy of the Granite Mountain Hotshots

Last summer’s Yarnell Hill Fire was the deadliest ever for Arizona wildland firefighters. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports that, as a result, forest managers in northern Arizona are focusing on safety.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

After a Very Dry Winter, Forest Managers Prepare for Fire Season

Credit fs.fed.us

This winter was the sixth driest on record for northern Arizona. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, managers on all area national forests are preparing for what could be a very busy fire season.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:15 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Sole Survivor Of Yarnell Hill Fire Takes Job In Idaho

Former Granite Mountain Hotshot, Brendan McDonough
Credit The Daily Courier

The sole survivor of last summer's deadly Yarnell Hill Fire has resigned as an Arizona firefighter to take a job in Idaho. As Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris reports, Brendan McDonough will be working with wildland firefighters suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:49 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Brain Food: The Rapidly Shifting World of Forest Restoration

The Schultz Fire, June 2010
Credit Coconino National Forest

The West is experiencing one of the driest winter stretches on record, and that’s got forest ecologists concerned about what these drought conditions will mean for fire season. Dr. Wally Covington is the executive director of the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University.

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Fronteras
4:56 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Fire Study Stirs Controversy

Green Knoll Wildfire in Jackson, Wyoming,

A controversial study that questions decades of forest ecology research has made headlines across the country. The study -- published earlier this year -- raised eyebrows especially in the west where forest managers have been trying to prevent severe wildfires for decades.

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Fronteras
3:47 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Fire Starts by the Numbers

While New Mexico has received enough rain to lift some fire restrictions, other parts of the southwest are still dry. That makes them vulnerable to lightning sparked fires, as well as human caused fires.

Humans start about half of the fires in the southwest. In southern California it’s a lot more -- about 90 percent are caused by people. Fire managers say the closer you get to a big city, where the population is dense, the more human caused fires. The top causes are unattended campfires, trash pile burning and arson.

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