Fire Season 2018

Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management

Arizona avoided a potentially calamitous fire season in 2018 after a record-setting dry winter and spring. State fire officials say proactive prevention measures reduced wildfire impacts. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


A decision by federal officials last May to close parts of the national forest around Flagstaff caused concerns about lost spending during the peak of the tourist season.

Summit Fire and Medical Department

The wildfires burning throughout California have become the most destructive and deadly in the state’s history. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, firefighters from around the country are helping out including nearly 170 from Arizona. 

Neal Chapman, TNC

For some, autumn means celebrating by raising a glass of a crisp lager or October ale. But the Nature Conservancy wants patrons of local breweries to know you can’t have beer without a healthy forest.

AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File

Randy Brooks' son had a request three years ago: What could his dad do to make wildland firefighting safer?

To Brooks, a professor at the University of Idaho's College of Natural Resources who deals with wildland firefighting, it was more of a command.