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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

Credit outdoor.com

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

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Area National Forests to Implement Campfire Restrictions Friday

Smoke from the Schultz Fire in 2010
Credit Coconino National Forest

On Friday, four area national forests will implement Stage 1 campfire and smoking restrictions in an attempt to lessen the danger of human-caused wildfire. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s the earliest the bans have gone into effect in almost 10 years.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:52 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Flagstaff Authorities Search for Arson Suspect After Weekend Fires

Flagstaff authorities say two recent wildfires within the city limits, near lower Switzer Canyon, were the result of possible arson. According to the Arizona Daily Sun, the first fire started Friday and the second began Saturday. Police say the proximity of the fires — about 150 yard apart — and timing were suspicious. Authorities are searching for a suspect they questioned and released after the first fire. He was last seen wearing a black hat and a camouflage jacket while carrying a tan backpack and large knife.

KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Arizona's U.S. Senators Request Wildfire Help from Federal Government

A downed tree burns during the Fisher Fire on April 12 as crews were gridding and mopping up. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service, Coconino National Forest.
Credit Mike Elson, District Ranger, Flagstaff Ranger District

Over the weekend, crews battled the first major wildfire of the year in northern Arizona. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, just days before the fire broke out both of the state’s U.S. senators urged the federal government to fast-track thinning projects.

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