Tonto National Forest

Two wildfires east of Phoenix have now merged into one massive fire as crews continue to try to increase containment.

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Dangerous, record-busting heat is spreading across the U.S. Southwest and into parts of Utah, Montana and Wyoming. 


Yavapai County Sheriff's Office

Several rural communities in south-central Arizona remain in evacuation mode because of a wildfire, one of several that have been burning around the state for over a week.

Fire officials said Tuesday that it’s still not safe for residents from across roughly 60 households in El Capitan, Dripping Springs and other nearby communities to go home.

Tonto National Forest

Wildfire danger throughout Arizona and the Southwest remains very high this week. Firefighters are battling several large blazes throughout the state amid near-record temperatures and extreme dryness. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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Gov. Doug Ducey is blocking a new Arizona State University policy that requires unvaccinated students to submit to twice-weekly COVID-19 testing and wear a mask.