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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Reps Kirkpatrick and Gosar Discuss Economy and Forest Health at Rural Roundtable

CD-4 Republican Rep. Paul Gosar and CD-1 Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick field audience questions at the rural roundtable in Flagstaff last week.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

Fourth Congressional District Republican Representative Paul Gosar and Democratic First District Representative Ann Kirkpatrick last week hosted a public discussion about local rural issues. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, forest health and the economy topped the list of subjects.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:58 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Monitoring and Oversight a Common Theme in FWPP Public Comments

Steep slopes in the Dry Lake Hills north of Flagstaff. It's one of two locations for the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project, which will thin more than 15,000 acres over the next several years.
Credit FWPP

The recent public comment period for the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project yielded more than 500 issues for managers to consider. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, many local residents voiced concerns about how the large-scale forest-thinning project will be monitored.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:25 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Forest Crews Begin the Prescribed Fire Season in Northern Arizona

A prescribed burn conducted by a Forest Service crew.
Credit azprescribedfirecouncil.org

Managers on northern Arizona’s forests are gearing up for an active prescribed-burn season this fall. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, conditions are favorable for a variety of fire-mitigation projects. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Wildfire Protection Act Passes U.S. House, Faces Uncertain Future in Senate

Credit David Kadlubowski/AP

Last week the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Catastrophic Wildfire Protection Act. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s designed to shore up national firefighting efforts while developing business opportunities.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:08 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Several Abandoned Campfires Reported Over Labor Day Weekend

Credit blog.theclymb.com

Over Labor Day weekend, nearly three dozen abandoned campfires were reported on the Coconino National Forest. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the number represents a major uptick over previous years.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

What Would Cable Logging Mean for the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project?

A non-native species takes a dip in the Dry Lake Hills north of Flagstaff.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

The Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project is a major forest-thinning initiative set to begin in 2015. It’s designed to safeguard vulnerable areas near Flagstaff against wildfire and mitigate some of its most destructive after effects. In 2012, Flagstaff voters approved $10 million for the project and now the Forest Service has proposed four options for possible treatments, including cable logging, something never before done in the area. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius recently spoke with the project’s manager, Erin Phelps, and asked, “What exactly is cable logging?” 

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Public Comment Period for the Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project Nears End

A monsoon storm rolls into the Dry Lake Hills north of Flagstaff. The popular local hiking and mountain biking area will likely be the location of a heavy forest thinning project over the next several years.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

The public comment period for a major forest-thinning project in the Flagstaff area will end Mon, Aug. 18. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the project could involve heavy thinning in some of Flagstaff’s most picturesque areas.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:52 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Coconino National Forest Managing Four Lightning-Caused Wildfires

Coconino National Forest officials are actively managing four lightning-caused fires. All are burning at a low intensity on the forest floor. As on the Kaibab National Forest, these fires are being used to increase safety, reduce fuels and for vegetation and wildlife habitat restoration.

The 300-acre Willard Fire is burning south of Flagstaff between Oak Creek Canyon and I-17 near the Willard Springs Interchange. Smoke may be visible from Kachina Village, Mountainaire, Munds Park and Sedona.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

San Juan Fire Updates

A map of the San Juan Fire as of Mon, June 30
Credit Courtesy of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

Update, Thu, July 3, 7:30 a.m.:

The San Juan Fire burning southeast of Show Low is now 70 percent contained and 6,975 acres in size. Crews are conducting mop-up and rehabilitation efforts in the burn area. 

At t 8 a.m. this morning, the evacuation order for Red Cabin Ranch, Whiting Homestead and Carlock Ranch was lifted along with the pre-evacuation order for Greens Peak Hideaway and Hidden Meadows. 

There are currently 624 personnel on scene including four hotshot crews and two helicopters. A partial closure of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests remains in effect.

The fire was human caused and is under investigation.

Update, Wed, July 2, 8 a.m.:

The San Juan Fire is now 15 percent contained and 6,975 acres in size. The blaze's increase in size is mostly due to burnout operations. In total, 679 personnel are fighting the fire. Crews have also begun conducting rehabilitation work on the burn area.

A public meeting will be held at the Vernon Fire Station Wednesday night at 6 p.m.

Update, Tue, July 1, 9 a.m.:

The San Juan Fire burning 18 miles southeast of Show Low is now 6,400 acres and 5 percent contained. It is burning on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests and the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.

Mandatory evacuations remain in effect for Red Cabin Ranch, Whiting Homestead and Carlock Ranch. Pre-evacuation notices have been given to Greens Peak Hideaway and the Hidden Meadows Ranch. The fire's burn area has been closed to the public and road blocks are in place.

A total of 683 personnel are on scene. Overnight operations were successful in removing fuel between constructed fire lines. Crews are conducting burnout operations on the west side of the fire, and overnight operations expanded the fire by about 700 acres. Fire growth in the coming days will likely be as a result of the burnouts. Mop-up operations are being conducted on the north and east sides of the fire.

Heavy smoke as a result of the fire has been present in low-lying areas. The fire was human caused and is under investigation. For updates on the San Juan Fire, see 311info.net.

Update, Mon, June 30, 7:30 a.m.:

The San Juan Fire burning 18 miles southeast of Show Low is now at 5,700 acres and 5 percent containment. A total of 679 personnel are on scene. Successful burnout operations overnight removed fuel between constructed fire lines and the main body of the fire.

Travel on Highway 60 may be affected today due to settling smoke from last night's operations.

A public meeting will be held at the Vernon Fire Station at 6 p.m. Monday night with fire managers and representatives from the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the White Mountain Apache Tribe.

Mandatory evacuations remain in place for Red Cabin Ranch, Whiting Homestead and Carlock Ranch. Pre-evacuation notices have been given to Greens Peak Hideaway and Hidden Meadows Ranch. A closure is also in effect for the fire area in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.

More info can be found at 311info.net.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:38 am
Fri June 27, 2014

San Juan Fire Forces Evacuations in the White Mountains

Officials say the San Juan Fire burning on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests in the White Mountains has forced evacuations of 30 homes in the Red Cabin Ranch and Whiting Homestead areas. According the 12 News, a dozen more homes are threatened and a pre-evacuation notice has been given for residents of Greens Peak Hideaway.

The Red Cross has set up a shelter for evacuees at Round Valley Middle School in Eagar at 126 W. 2nd St.

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