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Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

Authorities say a wind-whipped brush fire has already burned about 2,500 acres in the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation in eastern Arizona about 10 miles south of Show Low.

Kristen Honig/ Valles Caldera Trust

The Grand Canyon, Wupatki National Monument and Sunset Crater Volcano are some of the geologic and cultural gems of the National Park Service. This summer, KNAU's Earth Notes series will highlight these, and other special places across the Southwest in honor of the Park Service's 100th anniversary. In the third installment of the series, we look at the Valles Caldera National Preserve and its ecological recovery from two massive wildfires.


New Mexico’s Valles Caldera National Preserve is one of the nation’s newest national parks. It is also a living laboratory.

A poll conducted earlier this month shows a shift in the race for Arizona’s U.S. Senate seat. Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick now holds a slight lead over incumbent Republican Senator John McCain. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

Fire restrictions begin Wednesday at four national forests around Arizona.

Campfire and smoking restrictions will be enforced on the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott and Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.

Fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves are allowed under the restrictions only in developed campgrounds managed by concessionaires or have campground hosts.

The restrictions also limit smoking to within enclosed vehicles or buildings or in developed campgrounds.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye wants the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to designate the tribe as its own EPA region. He says the agency struggles to serve the 27,000 square mile nation. Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports.