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Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management

Two wildfires fueled by dry weather have been growing in south-central Arizona, forcing evacuations.

The so-called Telegraph Fire has now expanded to more than 95.6 square miles (247.7 square kilometers) and is at zero containment, authorities said late Monday. Officials had said a forecast of low humidity and high winds throughout the week will likely facilitate more spread.

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The U.S. Forest Service has halted a controversial land exchange in Arizona that would pave the way for one of the largest copper mines in the country. Officials say they want to perform a thorough review of the project after receiving numerous public comments. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

KNAU's Morning Rundown: Monday, February 15

Feb 15, 2021

It's Monday, Feb. 15. Start your day with some of our top morning headlines: 


Coconino County Opens Vaccinations To Full ‘1B’ Category

Coconino County officials have expanded eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine — all residents in the 1B category can now sign up for vaccination. The county had previously prioritized certain groups within the 1B category. 

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The Tonto National Forest is moving ahead with a controversial federal land exchange. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it would pave the way for one of nation’s largest copper mines slated for an Apache sacred site.

AP, file

As one of his last official acts as president, Donald Trump issued a wave of pardons that included former Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi. The Republican served three years in federal prison on nearly 20 charges. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.