Hundreds gathered below the stairs of an Arizona courthouse Tuesday to remember 19 wildland firefighters on the second anniversary of their deaths.

The Granite Mountain Hotshots has become a name that forever will be linked with the city of Prescott. Fire Marshal Don Devendorf told the crowd that the community is recovering and healing but not yet healed.

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A bill making its way through Congress is designed to speed up the process of forest restoration and recovery projects on federal lands. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the Resilient Federal Forests Act would streamline the process of combating catastrophic wildfire.

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The most recent group to enter the debate surrounding the Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument is the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The proposal is designed to protect nearly 2 million acres of old-growth forest and other land near the national park. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the agency says the plan would involve too much federal regulation.

U.S. Forest Service

As a result of last year’s slide fire, the threat of flooding in Oak Creek canyon remains high during monsoon season. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, Coconino County officials are using an emergency siren system and short-range radio transmitters to communicate potential threats to the public.  

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Temperatures have been heating up all week long. With the warmer temperatures comes a greater risk for wildfire. Arizona Public Radio's Aaron Granillo spoke with Don Muise, Fire Staff Officer on the Coconino National Forest, to discuss fire season in northern Arizona. 

Payson Roundup

Multiple, low-intensity lightning-caused wildfires are currently burning on the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests. In each case, managers are allowing them to continue to burn in order to rid the areas of dry fuels and enhance plant and animal habitat. All three fires are expected to increase in size, but not necessarily in severity. 


The Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project will be awarded $25,000 after receiving the most votes in an online contest held by a Washington D.C.-based conservation group.

Arizona Highways

Every day this week, we've been hearing from some of the people closest to last year's Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon. We've checked in with investigators, evacuees, emergency responders and firefighters. And today, we hear from two fire scientists about the ecological recovery of the burn area. We start with Rory Steinke, Watershed Manager for the Coconino National Forest and leader of the Burn Area Emergency Response Team.

Our Slide Fire series continues today with a look at how cell phones worked - and DIDN'T work in Oak Creek Canyon during the fire. Thousands of visitors drive through the scenic switchbacks every day. But once they descend below the canyon's rim, cell phones generally become useless. In an emergency situation, there's no 911 access for several miles. As KJZZ's Laurel Morales reports, that was a big problem when the Slide Fire broke out.

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".