Wildland firefighters

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Hundreds of Arizona firefighters have been assigned to wildfires burning across the West. It comes amid an unprecedented season for deadly and destructive blazes in the region. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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This year’s wildfire season has been an extra challenging one for firefighters with massive fires around Arizona, as well as changes in their routine due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The body of a former U.S. Forest Service firefighter from Flagstaff was recovered from Lake Powell Wednesday. Dustin Olague apparently drowned in a portion of the lake in southern Utah’s Kane County. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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New plans offer a national reimagining of how to fight wildfires amid the risk of the coronavirus spreading through crews.

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Federal wildland firefighting authorities are increasing mental health resources following an apparent increase in firefighter suicides in recent years.

Officials at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise say it's difficult to track the number of suicides because many federal agencies can't tally fatalities outside of work hours and some families don't want the cause released. But officials say there appears to be a jump in known suicides, so efforts are being boosted to get wildland firefighters help.