wildfire

Michael Collier

Next time you pass a mature ponderosa pine, notice its broad plates of orange-red bark etched with black crevices. That thick, puzzle-shaped bark helps the tree survive moderate forest fires by protecting the inside of the trunk from overheating; severe fires though can kill even the thickest-barked trees.


USFS

Forest Service fire managers report significant progress fighting the 6,634-acre Highline Fire north of Payson. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s now 76 percent contained and all evacuation orders have been lifted. 


US Forest Service

Air tankers and crews on the ground are trying to slow the growth of a wildfire burning north of Payson.

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New restrictions aimed at preventing human-caused wildfires are about to take effect in two northern Arizona national forests.

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The lightning-caused Boundary Fire is burning on nearly 5,400 acres northwest of Flagstaff and is only 5 percent contained. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, high winds and heavy smoke have caused a section of U.S. Highway 180 between Grand Canyon and Flagstaff to remain closed.


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