Arizona

Tonto National Forest

Republican Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a $100 million bipartisan wildfire relief package into law.

Coconino National Forest

6 p.m. UPDATE: The Gila County Sheriff's Office has issued evacuation orders for the comunities of Pine, Strawberry and Hunts Ranch as the fire has moved across Fossil Creek. An evacuation center has been opened at Rim Country Middle School. State Route 260 has been closed between Camp Verde and SR 87. 

A wildfire reported Wednesday night near Fossil Creek has grown to 6,000 acres with no containment. The blaze forced the evacuation of campers but officials say it isn’t currently threatening any local communities. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

Much of the American West has been blasted with sweltering heat this week as a high pressure dome combines with the worst drought in modern history to launch temperatures into the triple digits. 

  

Tonto National Forest

The massive Telegraph Fire east of Phoenix has grown to more than 170,000 acres. Crews, however, have made steady progress in recent days and report more than 70% containment. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Angela Gervasi

An unusually early and long-lasting heat wave brought more triple-digit temperatures Wednesday to a large swath of the U.S. West, raising concerns that such extreme weather could become the new normal amid a decades-long drought.

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