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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.