fire season

Bootleg Fire Incident Command via AP

  Smoke from wildfires in the western U.S. and Canada is blanketing much of the continent, including thousands of miles away on the East Coast. And experts say the phenomenon is becoming more common as human-caused global warming stokes bigger and more intense blazes.

Pollution from smoke reached unhealthy levels this week in communities from Washington state to Washington D.C.

Get used to it, researchers say.

Morning Fire Updates: Friday, June 25

Jun 25, 2021
Sedona Fire District

It’s Friday, June 25.

Moderate smoke impacts are expected this morning in Sedona and Cottonwood and throughout the day in Flagstaff due to nearby fires, according to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. The Incident Management Team for the Rafael Fire southwest of Flagstaff says more smoke can be expected in coming days as crews burn nearby fuel to hinder further growth.


Tonto National Forest

 The Arizona Legislature advanced bills Wednesday creating a $100 million fund to respond to a wildfire emergency after hearing dire warnings from state officials and praise from worried leaders of rural counties and cities amid a brewing fight on the role of climate change in driving blazes and drought.

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.

KNAU's Morning Rundown: Wednesday, May 26

May 26, 2021


It's Wednesday, May 26. If you missed this morning's lunar eclipse, check out this report from KNAU's Melissa Sevigny — or these photos taken across the country. 

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