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KNAU and Arizona News
4:17 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Brain Food: How The Slide Fire Changed Community Preparedness

Robert Rowley, director of the Coconino County Department of Emergency Management, points to the area in Oak Creek Canyon where thousands of firefighters battled the blaze
Credit KNAU/Bonnie Stevens

KNAU's Slide Fire series continues with a special installment of Brain Food. In early May of 2014, Coconino County emergency responders practiced a community disaster exercise. At the time, none of the participants knew just how soon they'd have to use it in "real time".

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Slide Fire: 1 Year Later... Fighting the Blaze

Fire fighting personnel observe smoke from the Slide Fire from the Oak Creek Overlook in May 2014. Eventually, more than 1,000 people were on hand to fight the fire which grew to more than 21,000 acres.
Credit USFS

When fighting the Slide Fire one year ago, crews had to negotiate some of the most challenging terrain in the Southwest along with extremely dry and windy conditions. The 21,000-acre fire became the largest in the history of the Coconino National Forest, and more than a thousand personnel were called in to fight it. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius recently spoke with Coconino National Forest Fire Staff Officer Don Muise about how what officials and firefighters approached battling the blaze and what they took away from the experience.

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Earth Notes
4:39 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Earth Notes: Where There's Smoke, Plants Notice

Credit USDA Forest Service

Smoke is a complicated substance. Most people who live in or near western forests have a good feel for how it affects people. But what's less well known is that it affects plants, too.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Slide Fire: 1 Year Later... Residents Reflect on Evacuation

Current manager of Garland's Lodge, Taylor Swain and former owner Mary Garland stand in the Lodge's lower orchard. Some of the trees were burnt before the fire was diverted away from the Lodge.
Credit Justin Regan

This week, KNAU is airing a series of stories marking one year since the Slide Fire ripped through Oak Creek Canyon. We're sharing a collection of perspectives and experiences from some of the people closest to the first; investigators, fire crews, researchers, and evacuees. Hundreds of people fled under evacuation orders as the wildfire raced up the narrow canyon. In today's installment of KNAU's series The Slide Fire: 1 Year Later, residents of Oak Creek reflect on what it was like to leave that day not knowing how long they'd be gone, or what they'd be coming home to. Arizona Public Radio's Justin Regan produced this audio postcard.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Slide Fire: 1 Year Later... The Investigation Continues

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This week marks one year since the Slide Fire broke out in Oak Creek Canyon. It burned more than 33 square miles and forced the evacuation of nearly 300 residents and visitors. It now stands as the largest wildfire in the history of the Coconino National Forest. Each day this week, KNAU will revisit the Slide Fire: checking in with evacuees, taking a look at how flora and fauna are doing, hearing from local officials about lessons learned in firefighting and community preparedness. KNAU's Aaron Granillo starts our series with an update on the investigation into the human-caused blaze.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:54 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Cinder Pit on Kaibab National Forest Opens for Forest Debris Disposal

A home in California that was saved from wildfire by creating a defensible space free of dry forest fuel.
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Officials with the Kaibab National Forest are encouraging residents who live in wooded areas to remove potential fire fuel from their properties. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, they’ll be able to dispose of yard debris at a cinder pit near Parks.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:33 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Forest Supervisors Sign Off on First Phase of 4FRI

A dangle-head processor delimbs and cuts logs to length for the Mountainare Timber Sale on the Coconino National Forest as part of 4FRI.
Credit USFS

Supervisors with the Coconino and Kaibab national forests have given final approval of the Four Forests Restoration Initiative, or 4FRI. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, officials say the program will restore forest health and decrease wildfire danger. 

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Earth Notes
3:11 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Earth Notes: After a Fire, Is a Spring an Oasis?

Springs are magical places where groundwater comes to the surface — lush green patches that are among the most diverse, productive, and threatened ecosystems on Earth.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:07 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Volunteers Needed To Replant Trees In Schultz Burn Area

The Schultz Fire as seen from Forest Road 420 heading toward Schultz Pass. Photo Taken on 6/23/10 by Brady Smith. Credit: USDA Forest Service, Coconino National Forest.

The Coconino National Forest is asking volunteers to help plant thousands of trees in the Schultz Fire Burn Area near Flagstaff this weekend. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, forest officials hope Saturday’s event will help bring the area back to life. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:57 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Kaibab National Forest Upgrades Fire Danger to Moderate

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Officials have raised the fire danger to moderate across much of the Kaibab National Forest. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, windy, dry conditions have crews on high alert.

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