Prescott National Forest

Kaibab National Forest

One of northern and central Arizona’s most iconic tree species is in trouble. The shaggy bark juniper, known for its distinctive outer layers that appear to be shedding, has been dying off in significant numbers in recent years. 

The phenomenon was first documented in 2018. Since then, biologists estimate close to 100,000 acres of the conifers have perished between the communities of Paulden and Ash Fork, as well as north of Williams. Thirty percent of junipers in some areas have been wiped out. Others have turned a sickly brown.

Morning Rundown: Monday, Aug. 9

Aug 9, 2021

It’s Monday, Aug. 9. Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission is slated to wrap up a series of public hearings today in Mesa. The IRC held meetings in communities ranging from Flagstaff and Prescott to Window Rock and Show Low as it prepares to draw new congressional and legislative districts statewide over the next decade. Past meetings can be viewed here

Rumble On The Mountain Discusses Snowbowl, Water Rights, Uranium Mine 

Morning Rundown: Friday, Aug. 6.

Aug 6, 2021

It's Friday, Aug. 6. Northern Arizona University student Luis Grijalva finished in 12th place today for the men's 5,000-meter final in the Tokyo Olympics. The 22-year-old athlete, who's representing Guatemala, set a national record for his country in the race, according to NAU.  


Flagstaff Flooding Recap: Monsoon Activity To Stay Low Over Weekend

Prescott National Forest

The Prescott National Forest on Wednesday joined four other national forests in Arizona in lifting closures that generally barred public entry.

Firefighters yesterday responded to three lightning-caused wildfires on the Prescott National Forest. The Tiger Fire is burning in the Castle Creek Wilderness southeast of Crown King. Fire managers are working on suppression options that will keep firefighters safe. Smoke is visible along the I-17 corridor near Sunset Point. The Yellow Fire is burning northeast of Dugas. Ground and aerial crews worked last night to slow forward progress and focus on containment lines. Crews have kept a third fire - the Grief Fire -burning east of Cherry to a quarter acre, so far.

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Crews continue to demobilize as firefighting efforts wind down on the 78,000-acre Rafael Fire. More than 70% of the blaze has now been contained. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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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.

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office

The Rafael Fire burning southwest of Flagstaff has grown to 36,000 acres with no containment yet reported. It comes as a federal incident management team has assumed command amid continued extreme wildfire conditions. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.



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The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests fully closed to all visitors Thursday morning because of extreme fire danger and limited firefighting resources.