Fire Season 2019

Ecological Restoration Institute

Winter is an especially critical time in northern Arizona for preemptive forest thinning, seasonal hiring and other preparations for fire season. But much of this work has been delayed as the federal government shutdown enters its fifth week. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius spoke with Paul Summerfelt, Flagstaff’s fire management officer, about what the shutdown could mean for forest health and public safety as the year’s driest months approach.


Forest thinning with helicopters will begin this week near Flagstaff as part the Watershed Protection Project. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s designed to lessen wildfire and flooding danger that could threaten the city’s main water sources.