Natural Disasters

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    September 16, 2014

    Phoenix Area Faces Threat of More Rain, Flooding

    More rain is expected to hit Arizona this week, bringing with it the possibility of more flooding in the Phoenix area. National Weather Service meteorologist Gary Woodall tells New Times a flash-flood watch will be in effect from tomorrow morning through Thursday afternoon, although there are indic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    Families of the Fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots Are Not Getting the Answers They Need

    If anyone knows why the Granite Mountain Hotshots left a safe area on top of the Weaver Mountains west of Yarnell and descended into a box canyon that became the worst death trap in the nationwide history of such crews, it's Brendan McDonough. The only survivor of the 20-member hotshot crew that pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Plane Crash Near Sedona Kills Four, Causes Another Wildfire

    Another wildfire has broken out near Sedona, after a single-engine plane crashed, killing four people.According to a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office spokesman, hikers reported the downed plane and fire around 4 p.m. yesterday, although it took another two hours to actually find the plane in Fay Cany ... More >>

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    July 17, 2014
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    June 19, 2014

    Second Fire Near Sedona 100 Percent Contained

    The Junipine Fire that broke out north of Sedona earlier this week -- the second wildfire in the area in the last month -- didn't turn into anything to worry about.The Forest Service announced yesterday that the small fire, initially estimated at 12 acres, had been 100 percent contained.

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Slide Fire Costs Approaching $10 Million

    The total tab for fighting the human-caused wildfire near Sedona is nearly $10 million.According to information released this morning by the Forest Service, the cost is at $9.9 million and counting, now more than two weeks after the fire started.

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    May 24, 2014

    Slide Fire in Sedona's Oak Creek Canyon Keeps Growing (Video)

    Slide Fire in Sedona's Oak Creek Canyon: Time Lapse Video by Andrew Pielage.Freelance photographer and New Times contributor Andrew Pielage traveled to Sedona and the Oak Creek Canyon area earlier this week to capture images and video of the Slide Fire. As of Saturday morning, May 24, the fire was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Slide Fire North of Sedona Grows to 7,500 Acres

    The wildfire that started Tuesday afternoon just north of Sedona, near Slide Rock State Park, is up to about 7,500 acres.The firefighting effort, which now involves more than 800 people, has so far been able to keep the fire west of State Route 89A, which has been one of the goals of containing the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Slide Fire North of Sedona Up to 4,500 Acres

    The wildfire that started Tuesday afternoon just north of Sedona, near Slide Rock State Park, has grown to 4,500 acres.The fire was about one-tenth that size 24 hours earlier.

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2014

    A Tornado Landed in Mesa and Took a Hot Tub

    The National Weather Service has confirmed that a "small tornado" touched down in Mesa over the weekend.According to the NWS, the tornado took a hot tub about a mile west of downtown Mesa, and several people reported watching the hot tub spinning over an apartment complex, before it landed upside-do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    French Gulch Fire: 850-Acre Fire Burning Outside of Yarnell Is 85 Percent Contained

    The wildfire burning just miles away from Yarnell -- where 19 firefighters were killed while battling another blaze -- is 85 percent contained.The fire's expected to be completely contained this evening, and the 850-acre blaze hasn't really threatened the nearest sign of civilization, which is Yarne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    French Gulch Fire: 850-Acre Fire Burning Just Miles Away From Yarnell

    Another wildfire is burning just about five miles east of Yarnell, where 19 firefighters were killed and several homes were ruined by a fire several weeks ago.Yarnell appears to be the closest community to the 850-acre French Gulch Fire, and although firefighters have been able to contain a small am ... More >>

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    August 1, 2013
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    July 30, 2013

    Should the "Stupid Motorist Law" Apply to More Stupid Motorists?

    Amid reports of a tour bus with 33 people aboard essentially being washed off a Kingman road and being flipped on its side, there are mentions of Arizona's "stupid motorist law."In many, many cases, drivers like that who decide to roll on into the flooded area don't get charged, because the state's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    Infographic: Climate Change and Wildfires

    If you've noticed that there seem to be more wildfires every year in the western United States, your observation is correct.The wildfires are costly to fight, and can be deadly for firefighters, as was the case with the Yarnell Hill Fire. The risk of wildfires in the western U.S. will only increase, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    Climate Change Not Making Researchers Sound Very Optimistic About Future of Wildfires

    If you're beginning to notice that wildfires seem to be popping up quite frequently, in Arizona and elsewhere, you're not alone.And according to many researchers, climate change is among the chief causes.

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    Yarnell Hill Fire 80 Percent Contained; Some Evacuations Lifted

    The Yarnell Hill Fire that killed 19 firefighters almost a week ago is now 80 percent contained.That last 20 percent of containment isn't expected to be easy, though, as the estimated date of containment is a week from now, on July 12.

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    10 Worst Wildfires in Modern Arizona History

    The Yarnell Hill Fire burning southwest of Prescott is, by far, the deadliest wildfire in the history of Arizona.While a few wildfires in Arizona's history are marked by tragedy, others will be remembered more for their quirks -- like the Sunflower Fire last year, started by a guy shooting off a nov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    Yarnell Hill Fire: More Hotshot Crews Among 448 Firefighters Battling Uncontained Blaze

    While almost an entire "Hotshot" crew of firefighters was killed this weekend by the Yarnell Hill Fire southwest of Prescott, there are now five such crews among the 448 firefighters currently battling the blaze.The most recent updates from fire officials still indicate the fire is zero percent cont ... More >>

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    February 21, 2013
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    August 14, 2012

    About 1,000 Earthquakes Shook Arizona in Recent Three-Year Period, ASU Researchers Report

    Arizona shook from the tremors of nearly 1,000 earthquakes between 2006 and 2009, according to data recently published by Arizona State University researchers. New data from a National Science Foundation program recorded the seismic activity, which has scientists excited because of the unexpected f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Arizona's Sunflower Fire Continues Burning in Tonto National Forest (Photos)

    Wildfire season started early in Arizona this year. There are currently four wildfires burning throughout the state, the largest of which is the Sunflower Fire, burning about 20 miles south of Payson in the Tonto National Forest. Phoenix New Times freelance photographer Andrew Pielage made the tre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    Pontiak Braves Tornadoes and Chainsaws Downed Trees to Deliver the Riff Rock of Echo Ono

    See also: Pontiak Makes an Album About Driving from Phoenix to Texas The last time we blogged about the brothers Pontiak --Van, Lain, and Jennings Carney -- we discussed their EP, Comecrudos, a concept record designed for a drive through the American Southwest. It garnered an interesting comment fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Leonard Gregg, Starter of 2002 Rodeo Fire, Scheduled to be Released From Prison Tomorrow

      Leonard Gregg​As firefighters continue to battle the Wallow fire in eastern Arizona, the starter of half of the monstrous 2002 Rodeo-Chedeski fire is scheduled to be released from prison tomorrow. Leonard Gregg, an Apache who lived in Cibecue, admitted he'd started two fires -- Rod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Russell Pearce Linked To Japan Disaster By Patrons of Local Sports Bar

    We settled in yesterday for an annual ritual--watching the NCAA March Madness Selection Show at a Scottsdale bar, Zipps Sports Grill up on East Greenway Parkway.​It's always a hoot to see guys armed with schooners of brewskies trying to keep up with the match-ups as they flash on the big TV screen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Hana Bows Out of Devoured After Japanese Earthquake

    Chefs Kazuto Kishino (left) and Koji Hashimoto from Hana won't be attending this weekend's culinary fest.​Family emergency following the devastation in Japan from today's earthquakes and tsunamis has prompted the owners of Hana Japanese Eatery to drop out of the lineup for this weekend's Devoured ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Kanye West Responsible for "Worst Part" of Bush Presidency

    THIS was the worst part of Bush's presidency. What that guy on the right said that night.​It's soapbox time, everybody.In a recently taped interview with Matt Lauer, George W. Bush claimed that Kanye West's candid outburst on the September 2, 2005 Concert for Hurricane Relief telethon -- "George B ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    I of the Storm

    Exhibit tells Katrina survivors’ stories

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    August 12, 2010

    I of the Storm

    Exhibit tells Katrina survivors’ stories

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    July 2, 2010

    DPS Claims it Never Put Speed Cams on Emergency Road During Wildfires

    ​Last week, a source who was front-and-center to witness wildfires that raged in northern Arizona told New Times that the Department of Public Safety placed photo-radar cameras on an emergency road as response crews tried to battle the blaze.The DPS, however, now says those claims are false.

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    June 24, 2010

    Blazing Wildfires Doesn't Stop DPS From Using Speed Cams to Nab Lead Foots on Northern Arizona Highway​Despite the blazing wildfires that engulfed parts of northern Arizona over the weekend, it seems the Arizona Department of Public Safety wasn't going to allow a pesky inferno to stop it from dishing out photo-radar speeding tickets.As the fires raged, a source who was at the ... More >>

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    February 11, 2010
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    January 21, 2010

    Tornado Watch in Effect for Maricopa County; WTF?

    We're doomed! Probably not.​The National Weather Service has issued an improbable tornado watch for Maricopa and Pinal counties until 10 p.m.Sorry, snowbirds, Phoenix isn't nothin' but sunshine all the time.According to the National Weather Service, a major tornado in Phoenix is incredibly r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    Phoenix, Um, Rocked by Lunchtime Earthquake​Did ya feel it? We sure as hell didn't.According to the United States Geological Survey, a 5.9-magnitude earthquake rocked northwest Mexico about a 40 minutes ago, and claims of feeling the aftershocks in the Valley are coming in from everywhere.As may have been expected, many o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2009

    Vicki Christiansen Appointed as New State Forester

    Vicki Christiansen, former Washington State Forester, has been appointed by Governor Jan Brewer to be the new Arizona State Forester and Director of the Arizona Division of Forestry.Brewer's office made the announcement today, but a Google search shows Christiansen has been off and running for weeks ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 25, 2008

    Nationalist Enquirer

    Filmmaker/artist gives voice to patriots, real and imagined

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    September 4, 2008

    I of the Storm

    Filmmakers insinuate themselves into the Katrina diaspora

  • Calendar

    January 3, 2008
  • Music

    September 13, 2007

    The Quakes

    Quiff Rock!

  • News

    July 13, 2006

    Desert Storm

    Thousands of Katrina evacuees landed in Phoenix. How long should they get assistance?

  • Music

    July 6, 2006

    Hello Kitty

    A little-known genre of New Orleans music

  • Music

    February 16, 2006

    Critical Fatwa

    Stipe the madness

  • Music

    January 26, 2006

    Rob Dickinson

    What a beautiful mourning

  • News

    October 6, 2005

    Katrina's Second Wind

    Hurricane refugees jump to the head of the line -- ahead of the Valley's needy -- for subsidized housing

  • News

    September 22, 2005

    Storm Troopers

    Black people calling Phoenix the promised land? The Katrina evacuees in the Valley haven't been getting out enough

  • Music

    September 15, 2005

    Live Aid

    How you can help hurricane survivors

  • Music

    July 3, 2003


    Happy Songs For Happy People (Matador)

  • News

    May 30, 1996

    Time to Burn

    Is the Lone Fire a preview of California-style infernos to come?

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    August 23, 1995



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    September 22, 1993
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