Wildfires have been sprouting up across the state, including one that caused hundreds of evacuations in Yarnell and another that threatened the water supply for Payson. KTAR fire reporter Jim Cross will tell us more.
National and state agencies are joining forces on a campaign to prevent wildfires this summer, which is of particular concern because of a dry winter. Helen Graham, the deputy fire staff officer for the Tonto National Forest, will discuss the “One Less Spark, One Less Fire” wildfire prevention campaign.
The Arizona Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is releasing its report on the Yarnell Hill Fire, which killed 19 firefighters. Jim Cross, who covers wildfires for KTAR radio, will discuss the report.
A report was released by the Arizona State Forestry Division on the Yarnell Hill Fire, which killed 19 firefighters. Wildfire expert Jim Paxon, currently of the Arizona Game and Fish Department, will discuss the report.
It’s the worst firefighter tragedy in Arizona history and the third worst in the U.S. history. A fire near Yarnell has claimed the lives of 19 firefighters and has destroyed half of the 500 structures in Yarnell. Jim Paxon, who became the face and voice of the Rodeo-Chediski Fire that ravaged Arizona forests in 2002, will talk about the tragedy and firefighting policy.
A federal report out in May indicates that Arizona’s wildfire season is expected to run a normal course. KTAR reporter Jim Cross, who extensively covers the wildfire season, will talk about the dangers facing the state this summer from wildfires.
The Cave Creek Complex fire has grown to over 150,000 acres. There are seven other wildfires burning in our state right now of 100 acres or more. Kirk Rowdabaugh of the State Land Department offers an update on the fire situation.