A Wyoming smokejumper has died of injuries suffered last month while fighting a wildfire in New Mexico. 


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Hundreds of Arizona firefighters have been assigned to wildfires burning across the West. It comes amid an unprecedented season for deadly and destructive blazes in the region. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


This year’s wildfire season has been an extra challenging one for firefighters with massive fires around Arizona, as well as changes in their routine due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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New plans offer a national reimagining of how to fight wildfires amid the risk of the coronavirus spreading through crews.

Coconino National Forest

Federal officials this week banned campfires on all six of Arizona’s national forests in response to the coronavirus outbreak. It was meant to cut down on human-caused wildfires, protect employees and the public, and ensure resources are available for the fire season that’s just beginning in the state. The pandemic has caused fire managers to rethink many of their strategies. True Brown is the acting deputy fire staff officer on the Coconino National Forest and spoke with KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius about what operational changes are in the works for firefighters.