The Coconino National Forest will switch to Type II fire restriction mode starting June 22. Even though forest officials had prohibited campfires starting June 15, they found 34 abandoned campfires last weekend.
Firefighters contained a small wildfire Thursday in Williams despite a drone flying over the area that delayed operations. Fire officials reported more than 40 drones over wildfires in 2016 and several already this fire season.
Fire managers evacuated two communities near Payson June 15 and warned a third to be ready to leave as they expected winds to push flames toward their homes.
A stretch of highway between Flagstaff and Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim is closed because of a wildfire burning north of the city. The Arizona Department of Transportation has not said yet when the popular roadway will reopen.
Two of the state’s six national forests - the Coronado and the Tonto - have issued stage one fire restrictions meaning no campfires nor smoking outside a car or building.
President Donald Trump is expected to order a review of national monument designations on Wednesday. This includes Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in southern Utah.
An iconic Navajo activist and matriarch has died. Katherine Smith was best known for standing up to the federal government in the 1970s when it forced thousands of Navajo people to move off their land. She died March 29.
A wet winter means fire season is expected to start later than usual in Arizona’s mountains. But southern Arizona is a different story.
The U.S. Forest Service is hiring temporary firefighters for the upcoming season. Many in the agency were concerned whether those hires would be limited this year.
A uranium mine six miles outside Grand Canyon National Park has filled with water from a wet winter. An environmental group and two tribes are concerned with how the company is dealing with it.