Fire Season 2021

Melissa Sevigny / KNAU

The U.S. Forest Service has abruptly canceled its contract process for the second phase of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative. It throws the next steps of the large-scale thinning project into a state of uncertainty. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

Angela Gervasi / KNAU

President Joe Biden has approved a major disaster declaration for parts of Arizona impacted by flash flooding. It opens up increased federal funding and other assistance for areas hit hard during this year’s monsoon season. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

Angela Gervasi / KNAU

Almost every member of Arizona’s congressional delegation is urging President Joe Biden to issue a major disaster declaration for the state. It follows flash flooding from heavy monsoon rains in recent months throughout multiple counties. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

Coconino National Forest

Coconino National Forest officials say Fossil Creek recreation area will remain closed at least through the rest of the year because of post-fire hazards.

Mohave County Parks

Mohave County officials have lifted a ban on outdoor fires and fireworks in unincorporated areas below 4,000 feet.

A preliminary report released Tuesday in a fatal plane crash near Wikieup includes an account of the possibility that a wing fell off. The July 10th crash killed two firefighting personnel who were responding to a wildfire in northwestern Arizona.

Fire Managers with the Bureau of Indian Affairs are monitoring several lightning-sparked wildfires on the Navajo Nation.

Flash Flood Watches and Warnings are in effect across northern Arizona today as the monsoon continues full force.

Margo Robbins, Yurok Tribe

Indigenous peoples of North America have long known the benefits of fire. It’s a vital part of ceremonies and cultural practices, and a key element of keeping landscapes healthy. A group called the Indigenous Peoples Burning Network is working to preserve the culture of fire for future generations.

Yavapai County has downgraded to Stage I Fire Restrictions as monsoon moisture lessens the risk of wildfires. National Forests across the region, including the Coconino, Kaibab and Apache Sitgreaves, have all lifted fire restrictions due to recent rainfall.