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Crews continue to gain the upper hand on the 78,000-acre Rafael Fire and now report nearly 60% containment. Firefighters hope monsoon rain in the forecast will allow for more containment in the coming days. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to expand the area available for black-footed ferret reintroductions throughout northern and southeastern Arizona as well as parts of New Mexico and Utah. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports on how the plan is meant to help the endangered animal.

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Firefighters are reporting continued progress battling the 77,000-acre Rafael Fire near Flagstaff. They’ve contained nearly half the blaze ahead of predicted monsoon rains that could decrease wildfire danger in the area. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

Coconino National Forest

Residents in the communities of Pine, Strawberry and Hunt Ranch have been allowed to return to their homes after the Backbone Fire forced them to evacuate for more than a week.

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The COVID-19 pandemic forced a lot of people to work from home and drastically change their driving habits. A new survey from Arizona State University shows many Americans expect those changes to last after the pandemic is over. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke with lead author Deborah Salon about the findings.