State Capitol News
3:30 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

State Forest Official Predicts Dangerous Fire Season

Members of the Blue Ridge Hotshots and other firefighters watch as the Yarnell Hill Fire advances, June 30, 2013.
Credit Tom Story/The Arizona Republic/AP

The state’s top forester said today that heavy monsoon rains last year coupled with light snowpack this winter will combine to make for a more dangerous fire season this year. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014

New 4FRI Thinning Project Begins on the Apache-Sitgreaves

Ponderosa pine trees prior to being thinned
Credit grandcanyontrust.org

Major thinning is ramping up on northern Arizona’s national forests. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the work represents the early stages of the biggest-ever U.S. forest restoration project.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

A Pair of Wildfires on the Coconino Keeps Forest Officials Alert

A stump burns in Paradise Canyon on the Boulder Fire.
Credit By Jon Tepley, Flagstaff Ranger District. Courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service, Coconino National Forest

This past weekend, two wildfires ignited near Flagstaff. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, though crews responded quickly, both fires are burning in remote, hard-to-reach areas.

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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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