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.
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.
A team of Northern Arizona University students has built a portable wind turbine that can power small electronic devices - like cell phones - in an emergency. Karin Wadsack is the project director at the Institute for Sustainable Energy Solutions.
Stage 1 fire restrictions will go into effect Thursday for the Coronado National Forest and several other sites in southern Arizona. The same restrictions are currently in place in many other parts of the state including the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott, Tonto and Apache-Sitgreaves national forests.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory until 5 p.m. today for much of northern Arizona. This includes the cities of Flagstaff, Prescott, Payson and Sedona. Expect sustained winds of 20 – 35 miles per hour and gusts of 40 – 45 miles per hour. Winds should gradually decrease throughout the day. Drivers on I-40 and I-17 may experience difficulty due to the wind.
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.
Officials with northern Arizona’s national forests are reminding the public that despite the recent moisture across the region, Stage 1 fire restrictions are still in place. This applies to the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott, Tonto and Apache-Sitgreaves national forests. Also, Coconino County as well as the cities of Flagstaff and Prescott are still implementing their own fire restrictions.
This week’s weather forecasts are calling for warm, dry and windy conditions, which officials say will dry our forest fuels and return the area to high fire danger.
A wildfire information preparedness meeting will be held at the Eager Town Hall Tue, April 29 at 6 p.m. It will be hosted by local fire departments, the U.S. Forest Service, emergency preparedness, public health, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, and managers of the Hazardous Fuels Reduction Grant Program.
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.
The Coconino County Board of Supervisors has unanimously passed a resolution prohibiting the sale and use of consumer fireworks in unincorporated areas of the county. Today’s action immediately puts the ban into place. It will be in effect until the U.S. Forest Service lifts Stage 1 fire restrictions.