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KNAU and Arizona News
9:47 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Wind Advisory in Effect for Wednesday

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory until 5 p.m. today for much of northern Arizona. This includes the cities of Flagstaff, Prescott, Payson and Sedona. Expect sustained winds of 20 – 35 miles per hour and gusts of 40 – 45 miles per hour. Winds should gradually decrease throughout the day. Drivers on I-40 and I-17 may experience difficulty due to the wind.

KNAU and Arizona News
1:26 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Despite Recent Moisture, Fire Restrictions Remain on National Forests

Officials with northern Arizona’s national forests are reminding the public that despite the recent moisture across the region, Stage 1 fire restrictions are still in place. This applies to the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott, Tonto and Apache-Sitgreaves national forests. Also, Coconino County as well as the cities of Flagstaff and Prescott are still implementing their own fire restrictions.

This week’s weather forecasts are calling for warm, dry and windy conditions, which officials say will dry our forest fuels and return the area to high fire danger.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:41 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Wildfire Preparedness Meeting Set for Tuesday in Eager

A wildfire information preparedness meeting will be held at the Eager Town Hall Tue, April 29 at 6 p.m. It will be hosted by local fire departments, the U.S. Forest Service, emergency preparedness, public health, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, and managers of the Hazardous Fuels Reduction Grant Program.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:39 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Coconino County Bans Fireworks During Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

The Coconino County Board of Supervisors has unanimously passed a resolution prohibiting the sale and use of consumer fireworks in unincorporated areas of the county. Today’s action immediately puts the ban into place. It will be in effect until the U.S. Forest Service lifts Stage 1 fire restrictions.

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Earth Notes
3:17 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Earth Notes: Greenstripping the West’s Grasslands

Burning cheatgrass, a plant species heavily disliked by land managers.
Credit USDA Forest Service

Today, the West’s amber waves of grass are more often than not a species land managers cringe to see. Cheatgrass, a Eurasian species that most likely arrived on ships a century ago, now runs across millions of acres of the Intermountain West and Colorado Plateau. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:59 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Persons of Interest Sought in Doney Park Wildfire

Officials with the U.S. Forest Service and the Flagstaff Fire Department are searching for persons of interest regarding a wildfire in Doney Park earlier in the week. The blaze scorched less than an acre and was quickly controlled by crews.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:29 am
Mon April 21, 2014

U.S. Senators to Discuss Wildfire Preparedness

Two U.S. senators from Arizona and New Mexico will be discussing wildfire preparedness and forest restoration this week. Senators Jeff Flake and Martin Heinrich will tour the Eager area in eastern Arizona tomorrow and will end up in Reserve, New Mexico. According to the senators, the trip is part of a bipartisan effort to prevent catastrophic wildfire in the Apache-Sitgreaves and Gila national forests. On the agenda are fire-risk reduction and forest thinning strategies.

KNAU and Arizona News
4:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Coconino County To Test New Emergency Alert System

A flood in Kachina Village in 2004.
Credit azwater.gov

Today, Coconino County will conduct a large-scale test of a new system that warns residents during emergencies. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, officials are hoping it will be an effective replacement of the county’s old emergency system.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:17 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Fire Restrictions in Coconino County Parks Go into Effect Friday

Credit signsofarizona.com

The following restrictions begin Fri, April 18 at 8 a.m.  at all public Coconino County parks:

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KNAU and Arizona News
7:14 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests to Implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Tuesday

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The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests will implement stage 1 fire restrictions at 8 a.m. on Tue, April 22.

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