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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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Fronteras
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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Fronteras
3:47 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Fire Starts by the Numbers

While New Mexico has received enough rain to lift some fire restrictions, other parts of the southwest are still dry. That makes them vulnerable to lightning sparked fires, as well as human caused fires.

Humans start about half of the fires in the southwest. In southern California it’s a lot more -- about 90 percent are caused by people. Fire managers say the closer you get to a big city, where the population is dense, the more human caused fires. The top causes are unattended campfires, trash pile burning and arson.

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Fronteras
10:35 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Fearing Fire, Flagstaff Cracks Down on Homeless in Forests

The southwest as a region has the highest number of homeless people in the nation.  

A desperate economy and rising temperatures have forced more people who are homeless to take shelter in the cooler national forests, like the San Bernardino in southern California and the Coconino in northern Arizona. Forest officials are concerned -- more people in the woods means more wildfires.  

Two summers ago, a homeless man living in the Flagstaff woods sparked a fire that threatened 170 homes. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:02 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

The Hard Work of Putting Out Wildfires

A view of the Gladiator Fire at the end of its first week from Fire Management Team headquarters in Mayer, AZ
Zac Ziegler KNAU

Scenes of wildfires are almost commonplace this time of year in the southwest

Photos of billowing smoke and threatening orange flames…

Firefighters weighted down with equipment…

Homeowners looking weary and frightened…

Behind the dramatic images though are sometimes hundreds of men and women putting in long hours in poor conditions, doing dangerous work.

Media reports about the Gladiator Fire, southeast of Prescott, routinely mentioned rough terrain slowing down fire fighters.

Here’s an idea of just how rough that terrain is.

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