9:23 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Yarnell Lessons Slow To Emerge

P.J. Pickett teaches a wildfire basics class.
Credit Laurel Morales

For this story I assumed there were lessons to be learned from the Yarnell Hill Fire. But when I called Stephen Pyne, a fire historian at Arizona State University, he said, “for all of the sort of graphic and horrible qualities of the fire that made it so compelling to the general public, I don’t think it taught the fire community anything.”

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

After a Very Dry Winter, Forest Managers Prepare for Fire Season

Credit fs.fed.us

This winter was the sixth driest on record for northern Arizona. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, managers on all area national forests are preparing for what could be a very busy fire season.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:32 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Congress Planning New Ways To Pay For Catastrophic Wildfires

Firefighters on the Tonto National Forest set a controlled backburn during the Rodeo-Chediski Fire in 2002.
Credit Mike Blake/Reuters

Congress has begun an effort to change the way the U.S. pays for the cost of battling catastrophic wildfires. Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris reports.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:00 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Kaibab National Forest Releases Revised Management Plan

A spot on the Kaibab National Forest bordering the North Rim of Grand Canyon.
Credit fs.usda.gov

The Kaibab National Forest released a revised management plan after nearly a decade of work. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the plan focuses on contending with increased wildfire and climate change.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:15 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Sole Survivor Of Yarnell Hill Fire Takes Job In Idaho

Former Granite Mountain Hotshot, Brendan McDonough
Credit The Daily Courier

The sole survivor of last summer's deadly Yarnell Hill Fire has resigned as an Arizona firefighter to take a job in Idaho. As Arizona Public Radio's Gillian Ferris reports, Brendan McDonough will be working with wildland firefighters suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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Earth Notes
10:41 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Earth Notes: Ancient Peoples and Fire

Prater Canyon in Mesa Verde National Park
Credit Library of Congress

In modern times human presence has influenced the size and number of wildfires on the Colorado Plateau. We are, in part, responsible for more big fires and fewer small ones. But is there also a connection between ancient peoples and wildfire?

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State Capitol News
10:50 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Systemic Safety and Planning Problems Led to Yarnell Hill Deaths

Marshall Krotenberg, lead investigator on the Yarnell Hill Fire, details his findings Wednesday for the state Industrial Commission. The panel accepted his report and imposed the maximum $559,000 fine possible.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

A long-awaited report Wednesday on the Yarnell Hill Fire from last June finally provided at least some answers as to how — and more importantly why — 19 hotshots died. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer takes a closer look.

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State Capitol News
10:19 am
Thu December 5, 2013

State Forestry Division Fined for Yarnell Hill Fire Deaths

The state Industrial Commission Wednesday imposed the maximum $559,000 fine possible on the state Forestry Division following the deaths of 19 firefighters earlier this year at Yarnell Hill. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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4:56 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Fire Study Stirs Controversy

Green Knoll Wildfire in Jackson, Wyoming,

A controversial study that questions decades of forest ecology research has made headlines across the country. The study -- published earlier this year -- raised eyebrows especially in the west where forest managers have been trying to prevent severe wildfires for decades.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:00 am
Thu September 6, 2012

How to Repair a Fire-Damaged Forest

The debris that was removed from one of the under-road drainage pipes beneath Crown King Road.
Zac Ziegler

When this summer’s monsoons hit, officials from the Prescott National Forest worried.

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