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KNAU and Arizona News
4:57 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Residents of Kachina Village and Forest Highlands Put on Alert

The Slide Fire viewed from Flagstaff.
Credit Brian Sanders

As a result of the 4,500-acre Slide Fire, the communities of Kachina Village and Forest Highlands have been given pre-evacuation notice. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, the announcement came with several other advisories concerning the fire.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:56 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Type 1 Incident Team Takes Over Slide Fire Management

The Slide Fire as seen from the Oak Creek Vista Wednesday morning.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Strong winds and steep terrain are challenging crews fighting the Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon south of Flagstaff. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports from Flagstaff, a Type 1 Incident Management Team has taken control of the fire that has grown dramatically since first being reported Tuesday afternoon.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:42 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Pre-Evac Warning Issued For 2 Flagstaff Neighborhoods

The Slide Fire burning in Oak Creek Canyon
Credit azcentral.com

A wildfire burning in Oak Creek Canyon is now threatening the city of Flagstaff. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris reports that strong winds are pushing the fast-moving blaze up steep canyon terrain toward several wooded neighborhoods.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:32 am
Wed May 21, 2014

The Slide Fire: Wednesday Updates

The Slide Fire as seen from the Oak Creek Vista Wednesday morning.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Wednesday update, 4:30 p.m.:

According to forest officials, the Slide Fire is now estimated to be 4,500 acres and is zero percent contained. It's burning northward into the West Fork and Harding Point areas.

The fire has reached Pumphouse Wash in Oak Creek Canyon. Officials say that if it crosses Forest Road 237, evacuation for Kachina Village and Forest Highlands will be recommended.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:58 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Oak Creek Canyon Fire Triggers Evacuations Near Slide Rock

According to the Coconino National Forest, an approximately 20-acre Slide Fire has caused the announcement of evacuation orders for areas of Oak Creek Canyon north of Slide Rock State Park. According to the Arizona Daily Sun, Highway 89 is closed at the Oak Creek Overlook and may soon close near Ft. Tuthill in Flagstaff. The Slide Fire was reported around 4 p.m. today and is burning on the north side of the highway near Slide Rock State Park.

KNAU and Arizona News
2:45 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Brush Fire Closes I-17 Near Sunset Point

Traffic/Fire Alert:
ADOT reports that I-17 is closed in both directions near Sunset Point north of Phoenix due to a brush fire. The freeway is closed from mile marker 254 northbound, to mile marker 262 southbound. No word yet as to the size of the fire or when I-17 may reopen. You can find more information at az511.gov or follow ADOT's Facebook page and Twitter feed (@ArizonaDOT).

KNAU and Arizona News
2:22 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Prescott National Forest to Begin Stage II Fire Restrictions

As a result of increasing fire danger, the Prescott National Forest will implement Stage II fire restrictions beginning Fri, May 23. Under the restrictions, building, maintaining attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal or stove fire is prohibited. This applies to all developed campgrounds and improved sites.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:42 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Illegal Pot Farm Cleaned Up After Nearly A Decade

Credit Wikimedia Commons

More than a ton of trash has been removed from the site of an illegal pot farm in the Fossil Springs Wilderness Area. As Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris reports, it took almost 10 years for funding to come through for the clean-up.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Brain Food: Living Soil

NAU biologist Egbert Schwartz conducting research in Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys
Credit Egbert Schwartz

Biologist Egbert Schwartz has developed a technique to identify whether micro-organisms can grow in places where no other signs of life can be found, like the rocky, icy region of Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys.

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Local Headlines
5:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Navajo Families Live With Electricity For First Time

Margie Tso and her husband, Alvin, at their family ranch.
Credit George Hardeen

 

Turning on the lights or opening the fridge are things many of us take for granted. But if you’ve never had electricity, they might seem like luxuries. Now, for dozens of families on the Navajo Nation, those luxuries are becoming a reality. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, more than 60 families will soon have electricity for the first time in their lives.

Margie Tso has a beautiful view from her family ranch on the Navajo Nation, just southeast of Page.

“I have been living out here since 1952,” said Tso.

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