Tonto National Forest

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Congressional Democrats are attempting to undo a controversial federal land swap in southeastern Arizona. A budget proposal in the U.S. House of Representatives aims to prevent the construction of the one of the largest copper mines in the nation at the Oak Flat area. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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Arizona’s second-largest labor union is urging Congress to pass a bill that would block a massive copper mine in central Arizona. The controversial project is slated for Oak Flat, an area considered sacred by many tribal members in the Southwest. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Prescott National Forest

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

  

Tonto National Forest

Wildfire danger throughout Arizona and the Southwest remains very high this week. Firefighters are battling several large blazes throughout the state amid near-record temperatures and extreme dryness. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Tonto National Forest

Governor Doug Ducey has issued two emergency declarations in response to the Telegraph and Mescal fires burning in Pinal and Gila counties.

Coconino National Forest

Fire restrictions went into place Friday morning across several national forests and counties as northern and central Arizona face what are traditionally the driest and warmest months of the year.

Coconino National Forest

Fire restrictions will go into effect later this week on forests throughout northern Arizona. It comes as the region grapples with record drought amid its driest and warmest months of the year. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management

UPDATE: Fire crews said Monday night they had stopped forward progress of the Pumpkin Fire, which grew to 175 acres. There'e no word on containment. According to state Forestry officials, the fire started on private property and was human caused. 

State fire managers say a 50-acre wildfire near the Tonto Basin has forced evacuations and is threatening structures.

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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.


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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.


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