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Wildfires throw harsh light on forest management in Rim County and the White Mountains
Fires that have charred 5 million acres on the west coast and killed at least 27 people have highlighted the long, frustrating, stalled effort to avoid catastrophe in Rim County and the White Mountains. “The death of our citizens is simply not an option,” said Rep. Tom O’Halleran, whose congressional district includes much of North Eastern Arizona — including Flagstaff, Rim Country and the White Mountains.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2020 5:18:39 AM - SOURCE: White Mountain Independent - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 22 Sep 2020 12:18:39 GMT



Mesa firefighter unbeaten, unbowed in cancer fight
It’s late on Day 548 since Trevor Madrid learned about the rare cancer attacking his gut and the 35-year-old is laughing long and loud. It should not surprise that a Mesa fire fighter who runs into burning buildings for a living laughs in the face of the Big C. His laughter keeps coming, as do his expressions of conviction.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2020 2:52:35 AM - SOURCE: East Valley Tribune
Posted on Tue, 22 Sep 2020 09:52:35 GMT



‘I think I’m done’: Glendale firefighters battle PTSD
PHOTO: They save your homes. When a call comes in about a raging fire, they jump in the engine, race to the scene, blast water hoses into the flames and battle to keep a home from burning down. “That’s what we train for—that’s the exciting part of our job,” said Ashley Losch, of the Glendale Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2020 1:14:55 AM - SOURCE: Glendale Star
Posted on Tue, 22 Sep 2020 08:14:55 GMT



Arizona reports 233 new COVID-19 cases, hospitalization trend continues decline
Arizona reported 233 new COVID-19 cases and two new known deaths Monday, and the number of patients hospitalized with the novel virus remained continued an overall decline. Identified cases rose to 214,251 and known deaths totaled 5,478, according to the daily report by the Arizona Department of Health Services.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2020 11:45:46 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Mon, 21 Sep 2020 18:45:46 GMT



Teen with 0.27 BAC causes deadly crash at Mesa intersection, police say
An 18-year-old was possibly speeding and drunk when he caused a crash that killed another driver in Mesa on Saturday, according to police. James Patrick Langston was going 80 miles per hour while heading west on Main Street, which has a speed limit of 45 miles per hour, court documents said. Witnesses said he nearly ran multiple red lights, skidding to stops.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2020 11:36:05 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Tue, 22 Sep 2020 06:36:05 GMT



Trautwein marks first year as Sedona fire chief
As the old saying goes, “Time flies when you’re having fun.” And for Jon Trautwein, the past year has been a unique one, leading through a pandemic as the chief of the Sedona Fire District. Trautwein took part in his first yearly evaluation with the SFD Governing Board during a virtual meeting on Tuesday, Sept.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2020 1:02:46 AM - SOURCE: Sedona Red Rock News
Posted on Mon, 21 Sep 2020 08:02:46 GMT



Four Arizona firefighters honored in virtual fallen firefighter ceremony
The largest firefighters’ union in the U.S. and Canada held an emotional, impactful ceremony virtually Saturday to honor more than 200 firefighters across the nation who lost their lives in the line of duty. Four of those firefighters were Arizonans who died from cancer. The look of this year's event was different, but the meaning was the same.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2020 5:31:17 PM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Sun, 20 Sep 2020 00:31:17 GMT



Dog, woman rescued from South Mountain in Phoenix after getting lost
A woman and her pup are safe and sound after getting lost on South Mountain on Sunday afternoon. Firefighters said she called 911 when she got distressed and ran out of water while on the Equestrian Trail. Rescues arrived and found the 26-year-old and her dog near the summit. Because they couldn't access the trail that well, they decided to use their helicopter and fly the pair off the mountain.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2020 4:28:14 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Sun, 20 Sep 2020 23:28:14 GMT



Abandoned house on 8th Avenue in Tucson burns
Firefighters from the Tucson Fire Department extinguished a fire in an abandoned house near Drachman Montessori K-8 Magnet School early on Monday, Sept. 21. According to the Tucson Fire Department, the fire happened in the 1000 block of South Eighth Avenue, which is between 20th and 21st streets. There were no injuries reported.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2020 2:49:32 PM - SOURCE: KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson
Posted on Fri, 18 Sep 2020 21:49:32 GMT



Phoenix firefighter reunites with patient from Piestawa Peak rescue
One year ago, Pam Blackburn's life changed when she took a stroll up Piestawa Peak. "Something just happened," said Blackburn. "My arm went limp. My ear went numb, and I knew something was wrong." Blackburn had a seizure on the trail. Hikers nearby called 911. "If I had not gotten to the hospital when I got to the hospital, I don't know what would have happened," said Blackburn.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2020 11:04:59 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Sat, 19 Sep 2020 06:04:59 GMT



Bullhead City Fire Department holding fire safety day next month
The Bullhead City Fire Department, kept from conducting many of its community outreach programs because of restrictions enacted to stop the spread of COVID-19, is planning to conduct a community risk reduction safety day next month. The event is planned for Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Anderson Auto Group Fieldhouse.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2020 10:37:09 PM - SOURCE: Mohave Valley Daily News
Posted on Sun, 20 Sep 2020 05:37:09 GMT



Firefighters Respond As Record Summer Heat In Phoenix Topples Hikers, ACs — And Cacti
Summers in Phoenix are punishing. And this summer was scorching hot. July and August were the hottest and driest on record. And while much of the country is beginning to cool off as autumn approaches, we can expect more triple digits into next week. According to the National Weather Service, we experienced a record-smashing 53 days where temperatures were 110 degrees or higher.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KJZZ-FM 91.5
Posted on Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:00:00 GMT



Chandler Fire Department: Two people killed in crash near Dobson and Elliot in Chandler
The Chandler Fire Department says two people have died after a serious crash Thursday afternoon. The incident happened around 4 p.m. on Elliot Road near Dobson Road. Firefighters say it was a multiple vehicle crash and at least one of the vehicles caught fire. Two people died in the collision and two others were treated on scene and released.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2020 6:08:17 PM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Fri, 18 Sep 2020 01:08:17 GMT



Pima County Sheriff’s Department Communications Center implements crisis call transfer
Pima County Sheriff’s Department implemented a new program that will transform the way 911 call-takers triage calls from those in mental health crisis. Through continued partnership with Arizona Complete Health, callers identified as having a behavioral health need- and no immediate safety, criminal or medical concern- will be transferred to the Arizona Crisis Line.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2020 1:09:13 AM - SOURCE: KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson
Posted on Fri, 18 Sep 2020 08:09:13 GMT



New Mexico's REM Team makes first of its kind rescue in southeast Arizona
VIDEO: It came down to the right training with the right tools at the right time. That is what Albuquerque Fire Rescue said about saving the life of another firefighter battling wildfires in Arizona. As wildfires ravage the west, firefighters from all over the country are deploying to battle the flames.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KRQE-TV CBS/FOX 13 Albuquerque
Posted on Fri, 18 Sep 2020 07:00:00 GMT



Arizona adjusts reporting, adds 1,753 coronavirus cases, 38 deaths
With a warning about higher numbers because of advances in testing, Arizona health authorities reported 1,753 new coronavirus cases and 38 additional deaths on Thursday morning. That put the state’s documented totals at 211,660 COVID-19 infections and 5,409 deaths, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2020 10:54:49 AM - SOURCE: KTAR-FM Glendale
Posted on Wed, 16 Sep 2020 17:54:49 GMT



Smoke envelopes the Verde Valley
Verde Valley residents awoke on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 8 to see … nothing. The normally clear Northern Arizona skies that usually allow residents to see for miles and miles were marred by a white haze, the residue of 22 wildfires in California and 10 other Western states away from the Verde Valley, swept by Santa Ana winds several hundred miles to hover in the air above us.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2020 1:02:34 PM - SOURCE: Sedona Red Rock News
Posted on Wed, 16 Sep 2020 20:02:34 GMT



Coconino County Sheriff's Office locates woman who may be connected to Flagstaff fires
The Coconino County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) has located the woman they believe could be connected to two fires near Flagstaff. On Tuesday afternoon, CCSO said that 38-year-old Rachel Rae Bridges had been "located and interviewed." Bridges had been wanted for questioning regarding two fires that were started near Burris Lane and Pine Country Lane just north of Flagstaff on Sept.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AZ Family.com
Posted on Wed, 16 Sep 2020 07:00:00 GMT



Related: Doney Park evacuations canceled, firefighters mop up blaze
PHOTO: A fire in Doney Park reignited early Tuesday morning, causing the loss of a structure and evacuations for a quarter mile. Evacuations were lifted later in the morning after the fire left a woodworker's home and workshop in ashes near the intersection of Pine Country Lane and Burris Lane off of Highway 89.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2020 3:46:26 PM - SOURCE: Arizona Daily Sun
Posted on Tue, 15 Sep 2020 22:46:26 GMT



Tucson: Arson suspected at Putney’s Bar
The storage shed of Putney’s Pitstop Sports Bar and Grill, located at 6090 N Oracle Rd, was set ablaze in a suspected arson fire in the early hours of Tuesday. Owner Fernando Gomez said his security cameras show a male wearing a black hood and COVID mask pouring gasoline on the business’ storage-shed and then placing two Duralogs under the wooden fence surrounding the bar's patio.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2020 1:02:52 AM - SOURCE: Tucson Weekly
Posted on Wed, 16 Sep 2020 08:02:52 GMT



Phoenix: Deadly crash near 34th Street and McDowell Road
VIDEO: Phoenix police are investigating a deadly crash near 34th Street and McDowell Road. The wreck occurred around 6 a.m. Wednesday, resulting in a fatality, according to Phoenix Police Department. The driver, only identified as a man around 30 years old, was killed when he struck a pole for an unknown reason.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 16 Sep 2020 07:00:00 GMT



Maricopa house fire leaves one man with burns
Just after 1 a.m. Monday, a fire broke out in a home on West Helen Court — the second residential fire in just a week. Maricopa fire crews were immediately dispatched to fight the flames. Firefighters on-scene battled the flames from inside the home while one firefighter, John Barr, managed to rescue a puppy from the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2020 5:58:03 PM - SOURCE: Pinal Central
Posted on Wed, 16 Sep 2020 00:58:03 GMT



Arizona firefighters, National Guard head to fight West Coast wildfires
More than 250 Arizona firefighters and National Guard members have been sent to help fight wildfires burning in California, Oregon and Colorado. More than 220 fire personnel from the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management and hotshot crews from the U.S. Forest Service were assigned to fires across the West Coast.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2020 5:24:33 AM - SOURCE: KTAR 620 - Newsradio
Posted on Tue, 15 Sep 2020 12:24:33 GMT



Driver rescued from truck after crashing at Bartlett Lake
VIDEO: MSCO deputies say a man has serious injuries after crashing a dump truck at Bartlett Lake. Lake Patrol Deputies say three vehicles were hit by a dump truck that lost its braking system. Rural Metro firefighters say the driver lost his brakes while heading downhill with a load of asphalt. As the truck traveled through the parking lot, the dump truck hit two pickup trucks and went down a cliff.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2020 6:51:15 PM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Tue, 15 Sep 2020 01:51:15 GMT



East Mesa fire station project beginning soon
The generosity of Mesa voters in 2018 will start paying off soon in a series of quality-of-life-oriented civic improvements, including a desperately-needed fire station in southeast Mesa and a plaza near the ASU @Mesa City Center project. Piece by piece, the wide-ranging $196-million bond issue is gradually being executed, with the first wave of improvements scheduled for completion next year.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2020 9:04:22 AM - SOURCE: East Valley Tribune
Posted on Mon, 14 Sep 2020 16:04:22 GMT



Southern Arizona firefighters volunteer for COVID-19 vaccine trial
VIDEO: Many vaccine manufacturing companies are in a race to get out a COVID-19 vaccine. As several of them complete the many phases of trials before releasing a drug, they're relying on volunteers to test it out. Some firefighters here in Southern Arizona have volunteered to do just that. Tera Henson is a firefighter for the Tubac Fire Department and loves her job.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVOA-TV NBC 4 Tucson
Posted on Mon, 14 Sep 2020 07:00:00 GMT



New firefighter, police training facilities to be built in Scottsdale
PHOTO: First responders in Scottsdale will soon have new facilities to train at after the city hired architects to design planned upgrades. Following a voter-approved bond in 2019, the training facility is in-line to receive major upgrades. In late August, the Scottsdale City Council approved architectural services for $220,075.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2020 5:10:57 AM - SOURCE: KTAR 620 - Newsradio
Posted on Mon, 14 Sep 2020 12:10:57 GMT



Arizona reports 384 new COVID-19 cases, seven new deaths
PHOTOS: Arizona reported 384 new COVID-19 cases and seven new known deaths on Sunday as hospitalizations for the disease continue to decline and the percentage of tests coming back positive remains steady at a relatively low level. Hospitalization metrics such as patient counts andventilators in use for COVID-19 have been trending downward for about eight weeks, with several metrics back down to levels from April, according to hospital data reported to the state.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2020 10:47:19 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Sun, 13 Sep 2020 17:47:19 GMT



Arizona's wildfire season more devastating than in previous years
PHOTO: Wildfire season in Arizona has been especially brutal compared to previous years. Tiffany Davilla is with the state’s department of forestry and fire management. She says while fire activity has decreased, there is the possibility that we could see more fires in October and possibly November.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2020 9:10:26 PM - SOURCE: KJZZ-FM 91.5
Posted on Mon, 14 Sep 2020 04:10:26 GMT



Phoenix-based fire museum hosts memorial for 9/11 victims
VIDEO: Those who lost their lives while attempting to save others during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks are being honored and remembered in Phoenix on Friday. With almost an acre of fire history exhibits and over 100 restored pieces of fire apparatus on display, the Hall of Flame Museum is hosting a special event dedicated to those fallen on that fateful day.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2020 4:41:38 AM - SOURCE: KTAR 620 - Newsradio
Posted on Fri, 11 Sep 2020 11:41:38 GMT



No injuries reported in fire at Bullhead City apartment complex
No injuries were reported in a fire Wednesday night at a Bullhead City apartment complex. Units were dispatched to the River Springs Apartments, in the 1700 block of Arriba Drive, around 6:25 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a call of a commercial structure fire. Battalion Chief Josh Livermore requested a second-alarm response with units from the Fort Mojave Mesa and Mohave Valley fire departments joining Bullhead City Fire Department personnel on site.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2020 1:06:04 AM - SOURCE: Mohave Valley Daily News
Posted on Fri, 11 Sep 2020 08:06:04 GMT



Flames shoot from roof of Phoenix home that caught fire
VIDEO: An out-of-control backyard barbecue led to a big fire at a Phoenix home Thursday afternoon. When crews first arrived at the house near 44th Street and Southern Avenue, they found a shed in the backyard that was fully engulfed in flames. The fire had spread to the home, and flames and smoke could be seen pouring from the roof of the house.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Fri, 11 Sep 2020 07:00:00 GMT



Fire crews help nursing home residents when fire breaks out in Phoenix
VIDEO: More than two dozen nursing home residents, many in wheelchairs, were evacuated for a short time when a fire broke out Thursday morning at their Phoenix facility. Flames erupted on the west side of the single-story nursing home near 27th Street and Bell Road. Fire crews fought the flames and kept them from spreading while helping the 27 residents get to safety, Capt.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2020 2:23:56 PM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Thu, 10 Sep 2020 21:23:56 GMT



Kitten stuck in Phoenix storm drain gets a lift from firefighters
PHOTOS: Phoenix firefighters helped rescue a stranded kitten from inside a storm drain near 51st Avenue and Baseline Road Tuesday night. According to the Phoenix Fire Department's Facebook page, bystanders tried for more than an hour to get the kitten out but got nowhere until crews from Station 58 arrived to lend a hand.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2020 10:53:33 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Wed, 09 Sep 2020 17:53:33 GMT



Tempe: Arizona State University reports 1,305 cumulative cases of COVID-19 since Aug. 1
VIDEO: Arizona State University released new coronavirus data Wednesday evening, which included cumulative totals not previously released. The new data shows that since August 1, 2020, 1,305 students have tested positive for the coronavirus, while 610 have been cleared for release, meaning their cases are no longer considered active or current.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Thu, 10 Sep 2020 07:00:00 GMT



Arizona firefighters helping to contain California wildfires
VIDEO: Fires are raging in California and more than 30 crews from Arizona are helping to contain the wildfires. “When one state is having a tough time. It is up to the other states to lend a hand any way they can,” said Cougan Carothers, a battalion chief with Central Fire and Medical out in Prescott Valley.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Thu, 10 Sep 2020 07:00:00 GMT



Arizona man pleads guilty to starting 2019 Cottonwood Creek Fire in Grand Canyon National Park
Following an investigation by Special Agents of the National Park Service and U.S. Park Rangers, a Flagstaff man pled guilty to misdemeanor violations for starting a wildland fire within Grand Canyon National Park. Thomas Grabarek, 71, pled guilty on Sept. 8, 2020 to misdemeanor violations for starting the Cottonwood Creek Fire which spread approximately 64 acres in the Inner Canyon along the Tonto Trail near Horseshoe Mesa.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2020 10:50:03 AM - SOURCE: Tucson News Now
Posted on Thu, 10 Sep 2020 17:50:03 GMT



Scottsdale firefighters rescue litter of kittens born in attic
PHOTOS: It was the Scottsdale Fire Department to the rescue Tuesday, as firefighters stepped in to help with a very special delivery. A litter of kittens was born in the attic of a Scottsdale home. The trouble is, the attic was tough to access. So firefighters were actually able to retrieve the five tiny kittens through a hole in the kitchen ceiling.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2020 10:27:28 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Wed, 09 Sep 2020 05:27:28 GMT



Safford man facing burglary, arson charges
A 44-year-old Safford man was arrested Friday night on suspicion of arson after witnesses told police they saw him break into his former girlfriend's empty apartment shortly before smoke started pouring out of the apartment and the fire alarm began blaring. A 92-year-old woman living in a nearby apartment had to be evacuated from her home.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2020 1:02:16 AM - SOURCE: Eastern Arizona Courier
Posted on Wed, 09 Sep 2020 08:02:16 GMT



Fire consumes Van's Trading Co. in Tuba City
PHOTOS: After nearly 11 hours, firefighters brought a blaze that consumed Vans Trading Co. in Tuba City, Arizona, under control Sept. 1. “We didn’t clear (the scene) until six in the morning,” said Lieutenant Gilbert Edgewater, with Station 40 of the Navajo Nation Department of Fire & Rescue in Tuba City.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2020 12:05:57 AM - SOURCE: Navajo-Hopi Observer
Posted on Wed, 09 Sep 2020 07:05:57 GMT



Arizona firefighters rescue several hikers in distress over long weekend
VIDEO: It was a busy Labor Day weekend for firefighters and deputies across Arizona, as extreme heat got the best of several hikers. Sunday afternoon, Sept. 6, a woman called 911 from the Linda Vista trail in Oro Valley after being overcome by dizziness. Golder Ranch Fire District personnel, assisted by members of Northwest Fire District and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, rushed to help.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2020 12:41:34 PM - SOURCE: KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson
Posted on Mon, 07 Sep 2020 19:41:34 GMT



Backyard fire spreads to neighboring home in Scottsdale
VIDEO: A shed fire spread to two homes in a Scottsdale neighborhood early Tuesday morning. The fire broke out around midnight at a house near Pima Road and McDonald Drive. According to firefighters on the scene, the fire started when people burned a stump in their backyard. That fire spread to the house and into the garage of the home next door.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2020 7:38:16 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Tue, 08 Sep 2020 14:38:16 GMT



Firefighters warn of extreme fire danger during record-breaking Arizona summer
VIDEO: Wildfire season is stretching beyond the summer and into September, as crews work tirelessly both here and in neighboring states like California. However, Phoenix Fire Capt. Scott Douglas says we can all play a role in the prevention of wildfires and even keep new ones from sparking. "We're looking at two to three months of degrees that have been in the triple digits consistently and often above 110," Douglas said.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2020 6:21:33 PM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Tue, 08 Sep 2020 01:21:33 GMT



Sedona Fire, Arizona Fire & Medical sending crews to help fight California wildfires
PHOTOS: The Sedona Fire Department and Arizona Fire & Medical are mobilizing some crew members to go help fight a fast-moving wildfire in California. The Sedona department is sending four firefighters and a fire engine to assist crews battling the Creek Fire. Arizona Fire & Medical is sending a crew of four on a Type 3 engine to also assist.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2020 4:49:10 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Mon, 07 Sep 2020 23:49:10 GMT



Glendale firefighters take climb to overcome any possible fear of heights
VIDEO: Fire captain Anthony Valverde gives us a play by play of each step of an Acrophobia Test, in the blazing Arizona summer heat. Even in a normal year without COVID-19, firefighters in training have to overcome a lot of challenges before putting on the gear and taking that first official call. One of those hurdles is making sure they aren't afraid of heights.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Tue, 08 Sep 2020 07:00:00 GMT



Glendale Fire Department offers tips on what to do when a saguaro falls
A home in Glendale was damaged after a 40-foot saguaro cactus fell onto the roof of the garage. The ceiling collapsed, and the car was damaged, but thankfully, no one was hurt. Paulo Pereira was next door with his neighbors when the cactus fell near 35th and Peoria avenues. He told Arizona's Family the neighbors thought it was an earthquake.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2020 4:49:11 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Mon, 07 Sep 2020 23:49:11 GMT



Phoenix firefighters save family cat as home goes up in flames
VIDEO: Crews from the Phoenix Fire Department saved a family's cat after a home went up in flames. The fire started Thursday afternoon near Oak Street and 22nd Street. When crews arrived, they found a large amount of smoke and flames pouring from the home. The fire was also spreading into two nearby houses.
- PUB DATE: 9/3/2020 8:55:30 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Fri, 04 Sep 2020 03:55:30 GMT



Arizona reports higher number of new COVID-19 cases, at nearly 1,100, and 65 new known deaths
Arizona reported more new COVID-19 cases Thursday than any single day in the past three weeks, as well as 65 new known deaths. Hospitalization metrics such as patient counts, ventilators in use and ER visits for COVID-19 have been on general downward trends for about seven weeks, with several metrics back down to levels from April and May, according to hospital data reported to the state.
- PUB DATE: 9/3/2020 10:50:29 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Thu, 03 Sep 2020 17:50:29 GMT



Sedona Fire District’s 9/11 event to be virtual
For the past four years, Sedona residents and visitors have gathered at Sedona Fire District’s Station 6 to honor those lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. And while they will still be honored, this year’s event will be quite different as a result of COVID-19. To ensure the continued safety of the community, the ceremony will be a pre-recorded presentation this year The link for the presentation will be available prior to Friday, Sept.
- PUB DATE: 9/3/2020 1:04:34 PM - SOURCE: Sedona Red Rock News
Posted on Thu, 03 Sep 2020 20:04:34 GMT



Fry Fire assists in northern California
Captain Adam Short as well as firefighters Brent Madden and Walter Webb are making their way home after assisting with two wildfires in northern California. The three men from Fry Fire District spent two weeks with a strike team helping contain two of the once more than 30 fires blazing in the Golden State.
- PUB DATE: 9/3/2020 7:36:32 PM - SOURCE: Sierra Vista Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Fri, 04 Sep 2020 02:36:32 GMT



Maricopa County launches antibody test survey to estimate COVID-19 infections
PHOTOS: Maricopa County wants to know how many people have actually had COVID-19, beyond those confirmed with a test. And they may be knocking on your door to find out. The Maricopa County Department of Public Health is launching an antibody study in partnership with Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic to estimate actual infection rates and possible immunity.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2020 6:42:22 PM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Thu, 03 Sep 2020 01:42:22 GMT



Casa Grande police arrest man suspected in four arson fires
Police have arrested a Casa Grande man for his alleged involvement in several arson fires in the area. The incidents took place on four separate dates in August of 2020 in the central area of Casa Grande. The investigation into those arson fires led detectives to serve a search warrant at the home of 24-year-old Diego Ayala.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2020 4:46:09 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Wed, 02 Sep 2020 23:46:09 GMT



September is Campus Fire Safety Month
As students make their way back to campus this fall, the National Fire Protection Association has a variety of resources on how college students can reduce fire risk while on campus. Throughout Campus Fire Safety Month, NFPA will publish fact sheets, tips sheets and other materials to help keep students safe as they make their way back to school following the COVID-19 pandemic.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2020 11:37:45 AM - SOURCE: Tucson News Now
Posted on Wed, 02 Sep 2020 18:37:45 GMT



Douglas Fire Department leads parade to honor local veteran, former firefighter on his 94th birthday
PHOTO: Douglas residents along with four generations of family members helped Ramon “Ray” Rabago Jr. a WWII veteran, celebrate his 94th birthday last week which concluded on Saturday, Aug. 29 with a birthday drive-by parade which passed in front of his house. Ramon’s daughter Diana Payne and longtime friend Ginny Jordan came up with the idea of having the birthday parade.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2020 3:00:30 AM - SOURCE: Sierra Vista Herald
Posted on Wed, 02 Sep 2020 10:00:30 GMT



ASU students quarantined after contracting COVID-19, some call for in-person shutdown
Surging COVID cases are a major cause for concern at Arizona State University. Some ASU student leaders are now calling for the suspension of in-person learning. Meanwhile, 323 students are being forced to isolate on the Tempe campus, according to ASU's most recent COVID data released on Monday. Another 428 students are positive and quarantining off-campus in the Phoenix metro area.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 02 Sep 2020 07:00:00 GMT



Bayer Fund awards Avra Valley Fire District $5,000 grant for protective clothing, equipment
PHOTO: The Avra Valley Fire District received a $5,000 grant from the Bayer Fund, which will be used to purchase new wildland fire protective gear and equipment. The equipment will greatly aid the district’s firefighters, who handle many calls in rural areas on the northwest side and also respond to wildland fires in the Western United States, said Chief Ray Klein.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2020 8:49:24 PM - SOURCE: Tucson Arizona Daily Star
Posted on Tue, 01 Sep 2020 03:49:24 GMT



Phoenix crash linked to street racing leaves 3 seriously hurt
VIDEO: A crash linked to street racing left three people hurt in Phoenix early Monday morning. The two cars involved in the crash appeared to have been racing down Buckeye Road near 35th Avenue. Sgt. Mercedes Fortune with the Phoenix Police Department said that one of the vehicles failed to stop at a red light at the intersection.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Tue, 01 Sep 2020 07:00:00 GMT



Timber Mesa receives new ambulance from grant program
Last year Deputy Chief Randy Chevalier of the Timber Mesa Fire and Medical District successfully wrote a grant to provide the Fire District with a new ambulance. The Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program’s stated goals are to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2020 10:05:24 AM - SOURCE: White Mountain Independent
Posted on Tue, 01 Sep 2020 17:05:24 GMT



Arizona reports 15 new COVID-19 deaths, over 500 new cases as hospitals see fewer virus patients
Arizona reported more than 500 new COVID-19 cases and 15 new known deaths on Tuesday as hospitals continue to report fewer patients hospitalized for the disease and as a smaller portion of Arizonans test positive. Hospitalization metrics such as patient counts, ventilators in use and ER visits for COVID-19 have been on general downward trends for about seven weeks, with several metrics back down to levels from April and May, according to hospital data reported to the state.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: AZ Central - Metered Site
Posted on Tue, 01 Sep 2020 07:00:00 GMT



Gilbert Town Council puts town in the ambulance business
Gilbert is going into the ambulance business, promising faster response times and cheaper billing rates than private operator American Medical Response. Town Council last Tuesday voted 5-2 to buy six ambulances, stretchers and power cots for $1.7 million despite AMR representatives saying they provide a “first-class system” for Gilbert.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2020 1:58:30 AM - SOURCE: Gilbert Sun News
Posted on Mon, 31 Aug 2020 08:58:30 GMT



Man's body found after mobile home goes up in flames in north Phoenix
Phoenix police are investigating after a man's body was found in a mobile home fire early Monday morning. The fire started at around 1 a.m. near 19th Avenue and Greenway Road. According to Capt. Todd Keller with the Phoenix Fire Department, the fire started on the roof of the home and fire crews were able to quickly get the fire under control.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Mon, 31 Aug 2020 07:00:00 GMT



Mesa wading deeper into ambulance service
For at least 15 years, Mesa fire officials have contemplated launching their own ambulance service but have always held back, deferring to the private sector. That was when Southwest Ambulance was based in Mesa and the service provided met Mesa’s standards. But the company is long gone, swallowed up by corporate mergers.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2020 1:26:12 AM - SOURCE: East Valley Tribune
Posted on Mon, 31 Aug 2020 08:26:12 GMT



Child transported to hospital after near-drowning in Peoria
A child has been taken to the hospital after being pulled from water near 75th and Olive avenues. Peoria Fire-Medical Department says crews performed CPR on the child before transporting them to Thunderbird hospital. It is unclear how long the child was underwater. This is an ongoing investigation, stay with ABC15 for the latest information.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Mon, 31 Aug 2020 07:00:00 GMT



At least 50 people displaced after huge fire at Phoenix apartment complex
VIDEO: A large fire broke out at an apartment complex in Phoenix early Friday morning, displacing at least 50 people. The fire started at about 3:30 a.m. at the Flats apartment complex near 19th Avenue and Indian School Road. Indian School Road will be closed between 19th Avenue and the I-17 for the next few hours.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Fri, 28 Aug 2020 07:00:00 GMT



Tempe Firefighter Tommy Arriaga's widow says beloved trailer full of memories was stolen
VIDEO: Back in the spring, Monica Arriaga lost her husband Tommy Arriaga to cancer determined to be work-related. Thirty-six-year-old Tommy Arriaga, a City of Tempe firefighter, lost his battle to cancer, a loss Monica says "no child should ever have to endure." Tommy left behind his wife, along with two girls, ages 7 and 4.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KNXV-TV ABC 15 Phoenix
Posted on Fri, 28 Aug 2020 07:00:00 GMT



The Edwin Fire and the Dove Fire are burning in Tortolita Mountains
VIDEO: Two new fires are burning in the Tortolita Mountains Thursday evening. According to the Arizona Department of Fire and Forestry Management, the Edwin Fire and the Dove Fire are each estimated to be 100 acres in size. The Edwin Fire is two miles northeast of the Dove Fire. The Edwin fire is said to be about eight miles away from Oracle Junction, and a tenth of a mile from two structures in the area.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2020 5:05:07 PM - SOURCE: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
Posted on Fri, 28 Aug 2020 00:05:07 GMT



Lightning-caused fires dominate the Arizona landscape
Several lightning-caused fires spread across the landscape in close proximity to communities around Globe-Miami, San Carlos and along Highway 60 north of Globe in the last two weeks. Despite the dash and splash of recent monsoon rains, the lighting comes first. It is often the catalyst for wildfires in Arizona and the Southwest.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2020 5:46:13 AM - SOURCE: White Mountain Independent
Posted on Fri, 28 Aug 2020 12:46:13 GMT



Arizona COVID-19 cases surpass 200,000, deaths approach 5,000
Known cases of COVID-19 in Arizona passed 200,000 on Thursday and known deaths approach 5,000. Metrics such as hospitalizations and percent of tests coming back positive continue to improve, but health officials caution Arizonans to keep up individual efforts to slow the spread. Identified cases rose to 200,139 and known deaths totaled 4,929, according to the daily report by the Arizona Department of Health Services.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2020 11:27:49 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Thu, 27 Aug 2020 18:27:49 GMT



Superstition Fire doubles in size to 4,400 acres in Tonto National Forest
PHOTOS: A wildfire in the Tonto National Forest nearly doubled in size since Tuesday afternoon and remained 0% contained as of Wednesday morning. The Superstition Fire, which was sparked by a lightning strike Aug. 20, grew by almost 2,000 acres to the northwest overnight, which brought the flames down from the bluff to the flats and made it much more visible to nearby communities, according to Tonto National Forest spokesperson Eric Solomon.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2020 2:58:17 PM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Wed, 26 Aug 2020 21:58:17 GMT



Ridge Fire 91% contained, smaller fire starts off of Highway 93 South
The Ridge Fire, which burned 3,079 acres in the Hualapai Mountains before firefighters gained the upper hand on Aug. 21, is 91% contained as of Wednesday, Aug. 26. Meanwhile, a new, smaller wildfire has broken out in the mountains off of South Highway 93. The Pine Lake Fire District wrote on its Facebook page the evening of Tuesday, Aug.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2020 1:05:29 PM - SOURCE: The Miner
Posted on Wed, 26 Aug 2020 20:05:29 GMT



Bullhead City Fire Department board approves storage facility at Fire Station No. 2
The Bullhead City Fire Department board has opted to move forward with construction of a storage facility at Fire Station No. 2. A design-build agreement with Arizona Steel Fabrication and Construction Corp., of Fort Mohave, would cost the department an estimated $398,000. A required construction bond would add $12,000 to the cost.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2020 11:21:12 PM - SOURCE: Mohave Valley Daily News
Posted on Thu, 27 Aug 2020 06:21:12 GMT



Pima County’s free drive-thru water safety event will feature giveaway of 500 life jackets
Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation is partnering with several community groups on a drive-thru water safety event where 500 life jackets will be given away, courtesy of Tucson Medical Center. The event will be held on Aug. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Manzanita Pool parking lot, 5110 S.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2020 10:58:16 AM - SOURCE: KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson
Posted on Wed, 26 Aug 2020 17:58:16 GMT



Tusayan Fire earns top national ISO ratings
Earlier this year, the Tusayan Fire District (TFD) received 100 out of 106 possible points on their Public Protection Classification (PPC). The PPC is an audit performed by the Insurance Services Office (ISO), which creates ratings for fire departments and their surrounding communities. Tusayan Fire Chief Greg Brush said the department has worked toward this rating for the past five years.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2020 3:59:31 PM - SOURCE: Williams-Grand Canyon News
Posted on Tue, 25 Aug 2020 22:59:31 GMT



McDowell Mountain Park blaze scorches 615 acres
A lightning strike from a dry monsoon storm ignited a wildfire in McDowell Mountain Park about 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20. Flames against the dark sky on Thursday evening created some alarm among Fountain Hills residents. The area of the blaze was somewhat inaccessible for fire apparatus and it was Friday morning that Arizona State Forestry began an aerial assault of the flames.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2020 7:00:18 AM - SOURCE: Fountain Hills Times
Posted on Wed, 26 Aug 2020 14:00:18 GMT



Lightning-caused wildfire burns 2,664 acres in Superstition Mountains, 0% containment
PHOTOS: Firefighters are trying to gain control of a wildfire that is burning in the Superstition Mountains. According to the U.S. Forest Service, the lightning-caused Superstition Fire has burned 2,664 acres north of the Peralta Trailhead, which is northeast of Gold Canyon. There is zero containment since the fire started last Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2020 7:27:28 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Wed, 26 Aug 2020 14:27:28 GMT



Conditions easing at wildfires around region
The Ridge Fire, a wildfire that has burned 3,079 acres in the Hualapai Mountains southeast of Kingman, remained at 87% containment on Tuesday. Officials began releasing many resources “so they can be available for other national priorities and incidents across the nation,” according to the Colorado River District Office of the U.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2020 11:46:06 PM - SOURCE: Mohave Valley Daily News
Posted on Wed, 26 Aug 2020 06:46:06 GMT



Huge fire engulfs apartment building under construction in central Phoenix
VIDEO: A huge fire broke out at an apartment building that is under construction in central Phoenix early Tuesday morning. Video from the scene shows massive flames engulfing the building north of 12th Street and Indian School Road. The Phoenix Fire Department said it was called out shortly before 6 a.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Tue, 25 Aug 2020 07:00:00 GMT



Fires north of Globe merge over weekend, creating 33,000-acre Griffin Fire
Over the weekend, the Gin Fire and the Griffin Fire burning five miles north of Globe merged. It is now called the Griffin Fire with total combined acreage burned at 33,403. The complex fire was reported at 30% containment on Monday by the Southwest Incident Management Team 5. On Friday, before the fires merged, the Gin Fire was 3,600 acres and the Griffin Fire was the smaller of the two, at about 1,000 acres.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: White Mountain Independent
Posted on Tue, 25 Aug 2020 07:00:00 GMT



Faulty cooler appears to be the cause of fire that displaced Douglas family
PHOTO: Faulty wiring with a cooler is being considered as the cause of a fire that destroyed a home and displaced a family of four Sunday evening. The Douglas Fire Department received a call of a structure fire in the 900 Block of 20th Street around 6 p.m. arriving on scene with its ladder truck and one fire engine.
- PUB DATE: 8/24/2020 3:15:13 PM - SOURCE: Sierra Vista Herald - Metered Site
Posted on Mon, 24 Aug 2020 22:15:13 GMT



Ambulance plan for Gilbert appears headed for town OK
Town Council may pull the trigger Tuesday on a proposal to form an in-house ambulance service in Gilbert that could begin operations as early as May. On the consent agenda are two purchase requests – $1.4 million to buy six ambulances and $253,000 to buy six ambulance stretchers and power cots. According to officials, a town-operated ambulance service would ensure all parts of Gilbert are equally served – which they say is not happening now with American Medical Response.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2020 1:53:50 AM - SOURCE: Gilbert Sun News
Posted on Sun, 23 Aug 2020 08:53:50 GMT



Coronavirus in Arizona: State reports 207 new cases, 15 deaths as hospital trends continue decline
Arizona reported 207 new COVID-19 cases and 15 new known deaths on Sunday, continuing downward trends for the virus's spread and hospitalizations. Inpatient hospitalizations, ICU beds in use, ventilators in use and ER visits for COVID-19 have all been on general downward trends over the past five weeks, according to hospital data reported to the state.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2020 1:00:50 PM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Sun, 23 Aug 2020 20:00:50 GMT



Bronco Fire reported burning north of Cave Creek
A new forest fire was reported north of Cave Creek Saturday. Tonto National Forest officials say the Bronco Fire has burned about 40 acres of land near Seven Springs Road (FR 24) near Sears Kay Ruins. There is zero containment. Three air-tankers, and one air attack plane, with multiple engines are working to contain the spread of the blaze, officials say.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2020 3:46:14 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Sat, 22 Aug 2020 22:46:14 GMT



Lightning-sparked fires burning in Rincon Mountains close campgrounds, trails
Two lightning-sparked wildfires burning in the Saguaro National Park's Rincon Mountains closed two campgrounds and a host of trails on Saturday, officials said. The Manning Camp and Spud Rock campgrounds have closed due to the Spud Rock and Mica Bowl fires burning for the past week. Park officials say the Spud Rock Fire has grown to approximately 360 acres by Saturday afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2020 3:11:25 PM - SOURCE: Tucson Arizona Daily Star
Posted on Sat, 22 Aug 2020 22:11:25 GMT



Mohave County: Ridge Fire grows to more than 2,000 acres
PHOTO: Mohave County is closing its popular park in the Hualapai Mountains as a public safety measure due to a wildfire ignited by lighting last Sunday. Board of Supervisors Chairman Jean Bishop signed an emergency declaration Thursday, effectively closing Hualapai Mountain Park at sunrise today. Strong wind activity this week helped the Ridge Fire to grow to almost 2,300 acres by Thursday afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2020 5:57:01 PM - SOURCE: Mohave Valley Daily News
Posted on Fri, 21 Aug 2020 00:57:01 GMT



Firefighters battle 2-alarm apartment fire in Tucson
VIDEO: Northwest Fire District responded to a 2-alarm fire at an apartment Thursday night. According to NWFD, the apartment is located at at 7300 N. Mona Lisa Rd. Crews battled a fire on a second-floor balcony that spread into the attic. The fire is under control and there were no injuries. NWFD says it is unknown how many were displaced.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2020 9:58:42 PM - SOURCE: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
Posted on Fri, 21 Aug 2020 04:58:42 GMT



State reports 50 new COVID-19 deaths, over 700 new cases as metrics continue downward trends
PHOTO: Arizona reported 50 new known deaths and 723 additional COVID-19 cases Thursday as hospitals continue to report gradually fewer patients hospitalized for the disease. Inpatient hospitalizations, ICU beds in use, ventilators in use and ER visits for COVID-19 have all been on general downward trends over about the past five weeks, according to hospital data reported to the state.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2020 9:50:07 AM - SOURCE: Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
Posted on Thu, 20 Aug 2020 16:50:07 GMT



Kingman area experiencing busiest fire season in years; cooler weather could bring relief
PHOTO: Vehicle, brush and structure fires have been on the rise in the Kingman area over the past few months. While dry and hot conditions are contributing to more brush fires, Kingman Fire Department Chief Jake Rhoades said he can’t pinpoint a particular factor behind the variety of burns: “It’s just busy.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2020 1:07:52 AM - SOURCE: DailyMiner
Posted on Fri, 21 Aug 2020 08:07:52 GMT



Tank Fire along I-17 near Sedona is out
PHOTO: A fire to the east of I-17 was extinguished fairly quickly Thursday. Called the “Tank Fire” by Copper Canyon Fire and Medical, the five-acre blaze led to slow traffic along I-17’s northbound lanes at about mile marker 301, about 11 miles north of the exit for State Route 179 and Sedona. Copper Canyon was aided by the Sedona Fire District and U.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2020 4:49:11 PM - SOURCE: Verde Independent
Posted on Thu, 20 Aug 2020 23:49:11 GMT



The Ridge Fire wildfire continues to grow southeast of Kingman
Firefighters are working in hazardous conditions as they battle a lightning-sparked wildfire in the Hualapai Mountains southeast of Kingman. The Ridge Fire that ignited Sunday about five miles south of the community of Pine Lake was zero percent contained at just under 1,000 acres Wednesday afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2020 6:24:54 PM - SOURCE: Mohave Valley Daily News
Posted on Thu, 20 Aug 2020 01:24:54 GMT



Fort Mojave Mesa Fire District rejects Joint Powers Authority again
For the second consecutive month, the Fort Mojave Mesa Fire Department Board of Directors failed to advance the Joint Powers Authority past the point of an initial presentation. The JPA is an entity, permitted by law, that includes two or more public authorities to combine under a common umbrella. There is typically a common power overseeing the operations of all of them.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2020 6:26:43 PM - SOURCE: Mohave Valley Daily News
Posted on Thu, 20 Aug 2020 01:26:43 GMT



Arizona fire districts will receive funding for COVID-19 expenses
If the multiple wildfires that flared throughout Arizona this summer didn’t already strain fire districts’ resources, the COVID-19 pandemic surely did. The virus outbreak has incurred costs on fire districts ranging from overtime pay for firefighters who cover for their sick co-workers to replacement costs for equipment that was contaminated by COVID-19, according to Pima County officials.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2020 3:48:53 PM - SOURCE: Inside Tucson Business
Posted on Wed, 19 Aug 2020 22:48:53 GMT



Coconino County Search and Rescue locates body at Sycamore Falls
The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team has retrieved two dead bodies from the wilderness in the past week in addition to handling its normal call volume. The county Search and Rescue team is one of the busiest in the state, and has seen an increase in calls this year and expects their calls to surpass last years.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2020 4:08:40 PM - SOURCE: Arizona Daily Sun
Posted on Wed, 19 Aug 2020 23:08:40 GMT



Structure fire destroys Sierra Vista home
PHOTO: Six people escaped a structure fire off of South Carmichael Avenue on Tuesday afternoon. The fire was at a home on East Danny Lane near South Carmichael Avenue. The fire spread to a shed on the property located behind the house on Danny Lane. The home was completely lost and all family members were able to escape the structure unharmed.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2020 12:38:31 AM - SOURCE: Sierra Vista Herald
Posted on Wed, 19 Aug 2020 07:38:31 GMT



Girl, woman hospitalized after house fire in south Phoenix
PHOTO: A girl and a woman were hospitalized after they were burned in a house fire in south Phoenix on Tuesday. It happened at a home near 27th Avenue and Dobbins Road. Firefighters say when they got there, the attic was on fire. They also saw a 7-year-old girl and a 48-year-old woman outside with minor burn injuries.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: azfamily.com
Posted on Wed, 19 Aug 2020 07:00:00 GMT



Bullhead City Fire Department firefighters called to Hualapai Mountains blaze
Bullhead City Fire Department Capt. Jeff Jackson and Engineer Kenny Read left Tuesday afternoon to join several others battling the Ridge Fire in the Hualapai Mountains about five miles south of Pine Lake, southeast of Kingman. The fire broke out on Sunday evening, ignited by a lightning strike, and has burned 132 acres, according to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s InciWeb incident information system.
- PUB DATE: 8/18/2020 11:23:35 PM - SOURCE: Mohave Valley Daily News
Posted on Wed, 19 Aug 2020 06:23:35 GMT



Salt Fire burning near Roosevelt Lake prompts road closures
PHOTOS: A brush fire burning near Roosevelt Lake is prompting road closures in the area. According to the Tonto National Forest Service's Facebook page, the fire was lightning caused and is about 2,000 acres in size with zero percent containment. One of our viewers shared images of the fire with us on our Arizona's Weather Authority Facebook page.
- PUB DATE: 8/19/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: azfamily.com
Posted on Wed, 19 Aug 2020 07:00:00 GMT



Phoenix firefighter hurt while crews battle transformer fire at junkyard
VIDEO: A firefighter of the Phoenix Fire Department was hurt Monday night while helping his crew members battled a transformer fire that sparked at a junkyard. The flames broke out at a waste disposal yard near 15th Street and Broadway around 8 p.m. Reportedly, due to heavy winds and blowing dust, a power line fell into a large puddle of water that transferred an electric current to the firefighter's body.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2020 11:01:16 PM - SOURCE: KASW-CW6 & KTVK-3TV (azfamily.com)
Posted on Tue, 18 Aug 2020 06:01:16 GMT



Smoke visible from reported fire in Tortolita Mountains
VIDEO: Wildfire crews are on their way to a reported blaze in the Tortolita Mountains Monday afternoon. The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management says air and ground crews are headed to an area north of Dove Mountain to determine the extent of the fire, and its cause. The Westridge Fire is burning at 120 acres, according to to the latest information from Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2020 8:00:32 PM - SOURCE: KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson
Posted on Tue, 18 Aug 2020 03:00:32 GMT



Tucson Fire extinguishes three dumpster fires at FedEx facility
VIDEO: The Tucson Fire Department responded to multiple dumpster fires at a FedEx Ground facility. Firefighters extinguishes the fires burning on three dumpsters and prevented further spread to a nearby building. The fires are under control, but an investigation is ongoing. The FedEx was located near Country Club and Corona.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2020 1:46:58 PM - SOURCE: Tucson News Now
Posted on Mon, 17 Aug 2020 20:46:58 GMT



Commentary: Parker and La Paz County first responders need to be ready for the heat
As of this writing, Parker and La Paz County are under another excessive heat warning. Most of us will stay indoors. If we have to work outside, it will be in the early morning hours. For first responders, however, this isn’t always possible. Accidents will happen and fires will start no matter what the outside temperature is.
- PUB DATE: 8/17/2020 1:07:35 PM - SOURCE: Parker Pioneer
Posted on Mon, 17 Aug 2020 20:07:35 GMT



 

 
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