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 >>
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 >>
Although the fire is no more, the 21,000-acre Slide Fire is still affecting the area between Sedona and Flagstaff.State Route 89A -- undoubtedly one of the state's best highways as far as scenery and driving excitement are concerned -- is now having problems with floods.
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.
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.
The wildfire that started nearly two weeks ago near Slide Rock State Park, north of Sedona, is now 90 percent contained.According to information released by the Forest Service, the fire was about 21,200 acres yesterday, about the same size it was two days prior. Officials don't expect the fire to sp ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
A wildfire started yesterday afternoon just north of Sedona, near Slide Rock State Park.The "Slide Fire" was estimated to be 400 to 450 acres as of about 7:30 p.m. yesterday, according to information provided by the Forest Service.
The Weather Channel has released a documentary on the Yarnell Hill Fire and the "nation's wildfire crisis," in something of a different look at the fire that killed 19 firefighters last year.In addition to a more weather-focused view of the events that led up to the deaths of the Granite Mountain Ho ... More >>
The Arizona State Forestry Division is contesting the "serious" safety violations another state agency claims the forestry division made in fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire."On that day the fire burned over 8,000 acres of wildland, over 114 structures, and resulted in multiple instances of firefighter ... More >>
Bryan Teague, who started last year's Mistake Peak Fire by kicking a propane tank into a campfire, should spend 30 days in prison and pay $487,000 in restitution, federal officials say. The 56-year-old Peoria resident was convicted in May after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor counts for causing ... More >>
Following John Dougherty's report on the growing evidence that the Granite Mountain Hotshots never should have been deployed to the fire that killed almost the entire crew, some interesting responses to the story showed up in New Times' mailbag.A former Prescott mayor, a former hotshot, and others s ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
If you've read mainstream media accounts of the moments leading up to the death of 19 firefighters in Yarnell, then you've been led to believe that a "sudden" thunderstorm is what sent the Granite Mountain Hotshots into harm's way.That's not the case, former New Times reporter John Dougherty has dis ... More >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
Since drive-thru salads were introduced at Gilbert's health-minded Salad and Go in January, the Valley's pull-up-to-the-window offerings have stayed mostly on the conventional side. Until now. See also: - Chandler's Living Room Wine Café Expanding to Northwest Valley - New Korean Barbecue Spot O ... More >>
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 >>
Jamie PeacheyTrash heaps left by homeless campers usually becomes a problem for residents and law enforcementTo escape the hellish Valley heat, thousands of homeless men and women make the uphill trek to sunny Flagstaff during the summer months. This week's New Times cover story looks at the rel ... More >>
www.imdb.comThis kid looks slightly more Aryan than the immigrants Senator John McCain suggested started Arizona wildfires.Arizona, as you probably know, esta en fuego.And John McCain (amongst others) is pretty sure -- based on no known evidence -- illegal immigrants are to blame.Even Cochise Cou ... More >>
Joe Arpaio plans to question illegal immigrants about Arizona wildfires.Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will be more aggressive when it comes to questioning illegal immigrants about wildfires, echoing Senator John McCain's baseless claim that immigrants started fires currently burning in south ... More >>
CNNMcCain, digging the hole deeper after his racist comments over the weekend When white nationalist websites and racist minutemen with erstwhile ties to child killers are championing your cause, you know you've made a serious error. Particularly when you're a failed presidential candidate still des ... More >>
John McCain is blaming wildfires on illegal immigrants --he's basing that on literally nothing.Senator John McCain on Saturday blamed wildfires currently raging in Arizona on illegal immigrants -- without offering any proof to support his claim."There is substantial evidence that some of these fi ... More >>
Leonard GreggAs 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 >>
fortressofbaileytude.comDon't be an idiot. Just pay attention to what Smokey says and everything will be alright.Fire crews are having a hell of a time putting out the second largest forest fire in Arizona history, which is currently burning in eastern Arizona. So, naturally, we've made a list of ... More >>
If you drove to work this morning thinking the Valley looks hazier than usual, you're right -- and Canada's to blame.Mark Shaffer, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, tells New Times the haze isn't the usual smog that often blocks the mountainous scenery during the ... More >>
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.
www.radarroy.comDespite 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 >>
www.ebaumsworld.comOn Monday night, Governor Jan Brewer signed into law a bill that legalizes the sale and use of certain types of fireworks in Arizona.The bill doesn't permit cool fireworks like bottle rockets, or M-80s, but allows Arizona residents to buy, sell, and use things like sparklers an ... More >>
L.A. Times reporter discusses award-winning wildfire series
The Arizona Diamondbacks fell 2-9 to the Washington Nationals yesterday. The game marked the Nationals' eighth consecutive victory and a three-game sweep against the Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks open a three-game series at home against the New York Mets tonight...Arizona's bald eagle population ... More >>
Three Phoenix men must pay $183,000 each in a settlement with the government stemming from a 2003 wildfire near Sedona that burned about 70 acres of forest. Gary Griffo (pictured), Matthew Warnke and Brad Cislini don't admit liability in the settlement, which was reached in order t ... More >>
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 >>
The Rodeo-Chediski fire has destroyed more than trees in Apache country
Dry ice missiles? Bomb the mountains? Phoenicians come up with some wacky plans for snuffing out the fires.
Is the Lone Fire a preview of California-style infernos to come?
LAST MONTH, THE RURAL/METRO FIRE DEPARTMENT BATTLED THE 23,000-ACRE RIO BLAZE. BUT AFTER THE FIRE WAS OUT, THE COMPANY STILL HADN'T COOLED ITS CRITICS.