Huge gaps between air quality sensors in the western U.S. have created blind spots in the warning system for wildfire smoke plumes sweeping North America this summer. That comes amid growing concern over the potential health impacts for millions of people being exposed to the pollution. Government programs to alert the public when smoke becomes unhealthy rely on monitoring stations heavily concentrated around major cities on the West Coast and east of the Mississippi River.

Bootleg Fire Incident Command via AP

  Smoke from wildfires in the western U.S. and Canada is blanketing much of the continent, including thousands of miles away on the East Coast. And experts say the phenomenon is becoming more common as human-caused global warming stokes bigger and more intense blazes.

Pollution from smoke reached unhealthy levels this week in communities from Washington state to Washington D.C.

Get used to it, researchers say.

Angela Gervasi

 Parts of Flagstaff sustained unprecedented flooding this week as strong monsoon storms hit the area. 


Homes near the base of Mt. Elden have been particularly prone to flooding since the 2019 Museum Fire. KNAU’s Angela Gervasi caught up with Kathy Lozania, a resident of the Sunnyside neighborhood, as she and her husband dug out of the mud with the rest of their neighbors.

Morning Rundown: Tuesday, July 13

Jul 13, 2021

It’s Tuesday, July 13. State flags will fly at half-staff today to commemorate Jeff Piechura and Matthew Miller — the two men died in a plane crash Saturday while fighting a fire near Wikieup. The Cedar Basin Fire is now 75% contained. 

Navajo Council Member Calls For Adjustment Of Water Resources Amid Shortage 

Morning Rundown: Wednesday, June 30

Jun 30, 2021
Associated Press | Matt York


It’s Wednesday, June 30. 


Eight years ago today, 19 firefighters died while working to contain the Yarnell Hill Fire. State flags will fly at half-staff today to commemorate the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew; the Yavapai County Courthouse bell will ring 19 times to pay tribute to each man who died. Speakers are scheduled to gather at Yarnell Memorial Park.