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Ramsey Canyon Fire stands at 85 acres

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The Ramsey Canyon Fire in the Coronado National Forest was blackening 85 acres as of around 11 a.m. Sunday.  It is burning between Carr and Ramsey canyons.

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Memorial park for Granite Mountain hotshots to open

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The Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial State Park will open to the public on Nov. 30. It's located two miles south of Yarnell on State Route 89. 

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Fill Fire west of Show Low blackens 2,900 acres

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The fire started on Thursday, Sept. 15 in the previous Rodeo-Chediski Fire perimeter off the Forest Service 132 and 300 roads. 

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Fulton Fire near Payson is 92 percent contained

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The Fulton fire had grown to 3,238 acres in steep, inaccessible terrain.

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Fulton Fire on Tonto National Forest exceeds 2,200 acres

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Residents in Gisela and the Tonto Basin should be prepared for dealing with smoke as the week begins, according to Southwest Area Incident Commander John Truett. 

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No containment seen of Sam Jim Fire in northern Arizona

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Smoke was expected to become visible on Forest Roads 504 and 170, as well as the Forest Lakes and Heber-Overgaard areas. 

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Fuller Fire on Grand Canyon's North Rim costing more than expected

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The Arizona Daily Sun reports that the lightning-caused blaze, which began June 29, is costing nearly $10 million to manage. 

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Coco Fire near Tusayan swells to 2,000 acres

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Light rains and higher humidities are helping to reduce smoke over the affected area. 

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Increased activity expected from wildfire on North Rim

Approximately 270 personnel are fighting the Fuller Fire, which has burned 22 square miles of timber and grass in rugged terrain since starting June 29. (Source: InciWeb) Approximately 270 personnel are fighting the Fuller Fire, which has burned 22 square miles of timber and grass in rugged terrain since starting June 29. (Source: InciWeb)
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Firefighters are preparing two forest roads as potential fire breaks ahead of the west side of the fire to keep it away from State Route 67, the highway serving the North Rim.

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Coco Fire near Tusayan expands to 35 acres

The Coco Fire is burning 6 miles southeast of Tusayan. (Source: Kaibab National Forest) The Coco Fire is burning 6 miles southeast of Tusayan. (Source: Kaibab National Forest)
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The Coco Fire, near the junction of Forest Road 302 and 2719, has grown to 35 acres, up 5 acres from Monday.

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Smoke from Point Fire may be visible from Verde Valley, along I-17

Point Fire on July 22, 2016 (Source: Coconino National Forest) Point Fire on July 22, 2016 (Source: Coconino National Forest)
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Smoke may be visible over the next few days as the the Point Fire continues to burn in the Munds Mountain Wilderness located east of State Route 179 and about 3 miles east of Sedona.

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Monsoon aids efforts battling Coco Fire near Tusayan

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The monsoon delivered a helping hand Sunday for crews battling the Coco Fire  in the Kaibab National Forest.

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2 small fires managed at Kaibab National Forest

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The 15-acre Sunflower Fire started July 21. The Ike fire is less than one acre. 

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Point Fire blackens 191 acres at Munds Mountain near Sedona

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A wildfire sparked by lightning Thursday night continues to grow on Munds Mountain, 3 miles east of Sedona.

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Lightning-sparked Baldwin Fire pegged at 102 acres

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A wildfire in the Rodeo/Chediski burn area joins eight additional lightning-sparked fires in the Black Mesa Ranger District near Heber-Overgaard. 

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Grand Canyon North Rim fire may burn off 'til next snowfall

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A wildfire that has been a potential threat to a highway serving the Grand Canyon's North Rim will likely smolder for the coming weeks, possibly even months. 

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Wildfire burning near Sedona

Point fire near Munds Mountain (Source: Allison Pierce | Twitter: @my3caps) Point fire near Munds Mountain (Source: Allison Pierce | Twitter: @my3caps)
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A lightning-caused wildfire is burning on Munds Mountain approximately five miles east of Sedona.

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Fuller Fire at Grand Canyon jumps to 14,131 acres

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The Fuller Fire near Point Imperial on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park has grown to 14,131 acres.

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Portion of Arizona Trail reopens after wildfire is contained

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The Forest Service has reopened a northern Arizona portion of the Arizona Trail that had been closed because of a wildfire south of the Grand Canyon and east of Tusayan. 

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Grand Canyon's Fuller Fire swells to 11,382 acres

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The lightning-caused fire remains zero percent contained. Gusty winds and single digit humidity have fueled the growth of the fire.

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‘Fire whirl’ forced crews in Cedar Fire to deploy emergency shelters

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A fire whirl is a spinning vortex column of ascending hot air and gases rising from a fire and carrying aloft smoke, debris, and flame. 

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Cedar Fire near Show Low 100 percent contained

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Monsoon moisture over the past four days in the area of the Cedar Fire southwest of Show Low has enabled firefighters to achieve 100 percent containment. 

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One day after Bug Creek Fire threatens homes, damage shows how close it got

The Bug Creek Fire got within feet of some homes. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) The Bug Creek Fire got within feet of some homes. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
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The Bug Creek fire is 80 percent contained, and damage shows just how close the flames got to homes. 

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6 firefighters had to deploy emergency shelters after sudden change in Cedar Fire

File photo of the Cedar Fire. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) File photo of the Cedar Fire. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
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Six firefighters were transported to the hospital after getting hurt while battling the Cedar Fire near Show Low on Tuesday.

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Bug Creek Fire evacuations lifted; fire 50 percent contained

Flames burned right up to the roadway. (Source: Arizona Department of Transportation) Flames burned right up to the roadway. (Source: Arizona Department of Transportation)
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Crews are working on containment lines and watching for any flareups at the Bug Creek Fire in the Cordes Junction area.

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Bug Creek Fire evacuee says slurry dropped on his home

The Bug Creek Fire got close to Ed Lucas' home of 45 years. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) The Bug Creek Fire got close to Ed Lucas' home of 45 years. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
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We caught up with a man who said flames were dangerously close to his home of 45 years.  

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Slideshow: Bug Creek Fire ignites at Cordes Junction

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The Bug Creek Fire ignited Tuesday at Cordes Junction and forced the evacuation of several neighborhoods, as well as closing Interstate 17 in both directions. 

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Cedar Fire 75 percent contained; post-fire flooding possible in area

Cedar Fire (Source: Navajo County) Cedar Fire (Source: Navajo County)
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The Cedar Fire southwest of Show Low is 75 percent contained and now the focus has shifted to flood mitigation, officials said Monday morning.

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Cedar Fire 60 percent contained; crews begin rehab work

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The fire managed to grow another 59 acres overnight and was pegged at 45,977 acres.

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Peaks Fire burning in steep terrain in Tonto National Forest

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A community meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Tonto Basin Elementary School. The fire began June 20.

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Officials lifting pre-evacuation notice for Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside

Cedar Fire on June 24, 2016 (Source: Fire officials) Cedar Fire on June 24, 2016 (Source: Fire officials)
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Law enforcement officials are lifting the pre-evacuation notice that has been in effect throughout Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside.

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Crews put out wildfire threatening Flagstaff neighborhood

(Source: Flagstaff Fire Department) (Source: Flagstaff Fire Department)
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Firefighters were able to put out a small wildfire that threatened a Flagstaff neighborhood Wednesday night.

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No drones! Fire crews say drones are hindering efforts near Cedar Fire

(Source: KPHO/KTVK) (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
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The Cedar Fire burning near Show Low has now grown to 45,176 acres. It is 24 percent contained. But the latest problem in the area? Drones! Fire crews say drones flying in the area are hindering firefighting efforts. 

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Cedar Fire is nearly 43K acres, 22 percent contained

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The Cedar Fire on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation is now 42,802 acres and is 22 percent contained as of Wednesday morning.

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Brown Fire grows to nearly 15,000 acres southwest of Tucson

Firefighters perform burnout operations to battle the Brown Fire. (Source: AZ Forestry) Firefighters perform burnout operations to battle the Brown Fire. (Source: AZ Forestry)
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Firefighters are starting to get a handle on the Brown Fire as containment increases.

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Arizona's Cedar Fire is 40 percent contained

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The fire, burning through timber and brush, remains at 12,140 acres about 10 miles south of Pinetop-Lakeside/Show Low. 

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Cedar Fire grows to 12,140 acres

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The Cedar Fire on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation has grown to 12,140 acres and is 30 percent contained, fire managers said in an update Saturday morning. 

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UPDATE: Cedar Fire now 30 percent contained

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Gov. Doug Ducey toured the fire lines on Friday and got an update on the progress of the fire. “I’ve been monitoring the situation and have been getting updates every 15 minutes,” Ducey said.

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UPDATE: Evacuation orders lifted in Tenderfoot Fire; fire now 30 percent contained

Tenderfoot Fire, June 10, 2016 (Source: Incident management Team) Tenderfoot Fire, June 10, 2016 (Source: Incident management Team)
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All evacuation orders have been lifted in the Tenderfoot Fire burning near Yarnell.  The fire has burned more than 4,000 acres and is now at 30 percent containment.

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Abandoned campfire caused wildfire burning north of Payson

Reservoir Fire on June 6 (Source: Arizona State Forestry) Reservoir Fire on June 6 (Source: Arizona State Forestry)
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Arizona State Forestry officials say an abandoned campfire is the cause of a wildfire burning north of Payson.

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Some residences in Clints Well threatened by 100-acre fire

(Source: MGN online) (Source: MGN online)
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Authorities say some private residences are threatened by a 100-acre fire on unincorporated private land in Clints Well, located south of Flagstaff. 

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Rising temperatures to increase wildfire risk

(Source: MGN online) (Source: MGN online)
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With triple-digit temperatures returning to Arizona this week, forest officials are mounting defenses to limit the growth of several small wildfires burning across the state.

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Several wildland fires burning in Arizona

(Source: MGN online) (Source: MGN online)
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As summer draws closer, the Summer Solstice is Monday, June 20 -- wildland firefighters in Arizona and throughout the country are gearing up for th 2016 wildfire season. Arizona has already seen its share of fires since late March.

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Yarnell Hill Fire survivor: ‘It’s a tough life to live’

Yarnell Hill Fire survivor Brandon McDonough in an interview on Monday. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Yarnell Hill Fire survivor Brandon McDonough in an interview on Monday. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
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Brandon McDonough writes about a life of anxiety and survivor’s guilt since that tragic June day on the eve of the release of his new 288 page book, "My Lost Brothers: The Untold Story by the Yarnell Hill Fire's Lone Survivor.” .

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State officials discuss increased potential for wildfires

State officials say southeastern Arizona and parts of northern Arizona are at the highest risk for wildfires. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) State officials say southeastern Arizona and parts of northern Arizona are at the highest risk for wildfires. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
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Arizona officials say the state is at an increased risk for wildfires this year and a few months of hot, dry weather is all it could take for the state to face a significant threat.

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Baker Canyon Fire burns nearly 8,000 acres, 90 percent contained

Baker Canyon Fire on March 24 (Source: BLM Arizona) Baker Canyon Fire on March 24 (Source: BLM Arizona)
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Crews are getting the upper hand on a wildfire burning in southeastern Arizona.

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'Phoenix Fire' burning near Heber-Overgaard is 30% contained

The fire is believed to be human-caused. (Source: Northeastern Arizona Public Information System) The fire is believed to be human-caused. (Source: Northeastern Arizona Public Information System)
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A human-caused wildfire is burning in the Apache-Sitgreaves forest near the rural town of Aripine in northeastern Arizona. Fire is now 30% contained.

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Remaining Willow Fire evacuees to go home Tuesday

One of the structures that burned to the ground in the Willow Fiore. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) One of the structures that burned to the ground in the Willow Fiore. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
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On Monday, most of the evacuated residents were allowed back into their homes. Only about 75 homes in the Topock area southeast of Bullhead City remained under an evacuation order. Those residents were told they will be able to return home Tuesday at 10 a.m.  More>>

U.S. Forest Service sounds alarm over fire costs

View of the Willow Fire. (Source: Mohave County Division of Emergency Management) View of the Willow Fire. (Source: Mohave County Division of Emergency Management)
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For the first time, the U.S. Forest Service says more than half its budget is being spent to prepare for and fight wildfires. By 2025, firefighting is projected to take up nearly 70 percent of the agency's budget.  More>>

Raging brush fire forces evacuations in Mohave Valley

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First responders are directing residents to a Red Cross shelter at Mohave Elementary School, 1419 E. Willow Drive, in Mohave County. More>>

Camp Fire burning northeast of Carefree

The fire is burning north and east of the Bronco Trailhead. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) The fire is burning north and east of the Bronco Trailhead. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
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Queen Creek and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport are warning East Valley residents to expect low-flying tankers as crews battle a wildfire northeast of Carefree.The 400-acre camp Fire is burning in the Tonto National Forest. More>>

Windy Fire burning at Lake Roosevelt

(Source: KPHO/KTVK) (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
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A brush fire continues to burn near the Windy Hill Boat Launch on Roosevelt Lake. More>>

Arizona marks two-year anniversary of firefighters' deaths

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Residents of Yavapai County will honor 19 firefighters who died battling a wildfire two years ago with a moment of silence Tuesday. More>>

DEVELOPING

Lightning-caused wildfire near Mayer at 5 acres

Mule Fire just outside Mayer, AZ. Mule Fire just outside Mayer, AZ.
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Prescott National Forest officials said the Mule Fire was reported by the Mt. Union Lookout on Monday afternoon and is estimated at five acres. More>>

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Families, Arizona settle suit in deaths of 19 firefighters

(Source: KPHO/KTVK) (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
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The settlement announced Monday by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich will pay the families $50,000 each.


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Kearny River Fire 60 percent contained

(Source: KPHO/KTVK) (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
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More than 200 firefighters continue to battle the Kearny River Fire. The fire is 25 percent contained and containment is expected to increase on Friday. More>>

EVACUATION ORDER LIFTED

Crews getting a handle on Kearny River Fire

(Source: KPHO/KTVK) (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
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The Kearny River Fire has burned 1,100 acres with 25 percent containment at this time. Officials said the containment is in the southeast portion of the fire More>>

Residents hopeful Kearny River Fire will stay away from homes

Residents are keeping a wary eye on the smoke and fire. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Residents are keeping a wary eye on the smoke and fire. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
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People living in Kearny and its nearby communities have been keeping a close eye on this plume of smoke and flames hoping that the volatile Kearny River Fire doesn't get anywhere near their homes. More>>

Former Kearny firefighter watching Kearny River Fire closely

Jerry Snow used to be a vvolunter firefighter in Kearny. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Jerry Snow used to be a vvolunter firefighter in Kearny. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
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The Kearny River fire burning in the river bottom is attracting a few spectators from nearby towns. More>>

2 AZ wildfires managed to benefit forest land

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Fire managers are using two Arizona wildfires to help reduce fuels and cut the risk of any severe fire erupting this summer.A third wildfire in the Kaibab National Forest is being monitored for the likelihood, it, too, could be managed to benefit the ecology. More>>

Phoenix Fire Dept. warns of excessive heat dangers

(Source: KPHO/KTVK) (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

The heat has first responders reminding everyone to be cautious. On Monday, there were several heat-related complaints to firefighters and police, and hot cars are a big concern with these soaring temperatures. More>>

13 states to share $10 million to cut land wildfire risks

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Friday that making land more resilient to fire is essential for vulnerable species and for healthy rangelands, forests and watersheds. More>>

Obama administration warns 2015 wildfires could be costly

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Despite a wet spring, the Obama administration warned Tuesday that this summer's wildfires could drain the federal firefighting budget and force government agencies to transfer money from programs meant to reduce long-term fire danger. More>>

Guadalupe Fire reaches 50 percent containment

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The wildfire has burned more than nine square miles of the Coronado National Forest in extreme southwestern New Mexico. More>>

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Guadalupe Fire managers reduce forces by 15 percent

A wildfire burning about 30 miles east of Douglas, Arizona is now 30 percent contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service. More>>

Rough terrain an obstacle as Guadalupe Fire grows

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The lightning-sparked wildfire burning in New Mexico east of Douglas has grown to 5,500 acres. There has been no containment. More>>

Inside look at fighting AZ wildfires

The Guadalupe Fire (Source: U.S. Forest Service) The Guadalupe Fire (Source: U.S. Forest Service)
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A wildfire on the Arizona/New Mexico border has burned about 250 acres. The "Guadalupe Fire" is burning grass and brush in the Coronado National Forest, about 30 miles east of Douglas. Nothing is immediately threatened, but there is a ranch not too far away. More>>

Red flag warning issued for Kaibab National Forest

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Strong winds, low relative humidity and warming temperatures have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning for areas of the Kaibab National Forest. More>>

AZ wildfire season to get slow start, turn severe May-June

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By May, going into June, the National Interagency Fire Center predicts Arizona will see above normal potential for wildland fires. More>>

Forest Service eyes development of improved fire shelter

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The U.S. Forest Service says it's picking up the pace on developing a new fire shelter following the deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona where officials say flames and heat went beyond the current shelter's protective capabilities. More>>

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  • Slideshow: Cactus Fire burns in East Valley

    Slideshow: Cactus Fire burns in East Valley

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 11:02 PM EDT2017-04-26 03:02:38 GMT
    Tuesday, April 25 2017 11:07 PM EDT2017-04-26 03:07:37 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    A brush fire broke out along the Bush Highway and is called the Cactus Fire.

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    A brush fire broke out along the Bush Highway and is called the Cactus Fire.

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  • Slideshow: Bug Creek Fire ignites at Cordes Junction

    Slideshow: Bug Creek Fire ignites at Cordes Junction

    Tuesday, June 28 2016 3:53 PM EDT2016-06-28 19:53:40 GMT
    Tuesday, June 28 2016 7:45 PM EDT2016-06-28 23:45:10 GMT

    The Bug Creek Fire ignited Tuesday at Cordes Junction and forced the evacuation of several neighborhoods, as well as closing Interstate 17 in both directions. 

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    The Bug Creek Fire ignited Tuesday at Cordes Junction and forced the evacuation of several neighborhoods, as well as closing Interstate 17 in both directions. 

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  • Photos: Car fire leads to a brush fire

    Photos: Car fire leads to a brush fire

    Tuesday, June 21 2016 8:37 PM EDT2016-06-22 00:37:56 GMT
    Tuesday, June 21 2016 8:37 PM EDT2016-06-22 00:37:56 GMT
    Authorities say a car fire has led to a brush fire northwest of Phoenix off of Interstate 17. (Source: Brooke Martin)Authorities say a car fire has led to a brush fire northwest of Phoenix off of Interstate 17. (Source: Brooke Martin)

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Authorities say a car fire has led to a brush fire northwest of Phoenix off of Interstate 17. [app users click here to view slideshow] The Bureau of Land Management says the fire ignited Tuesday between Black Canyon City and Bumble Bee. The say at least 50 acres had burned as of Tuesday afternoon, but no structures are threatened. Television footage shows brush burning west and away from the highway, which is one of the main routes to northern Arizona. Authorities...

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    PHOENIX (AP) -- Authorities say a car fire has led to a brush fire northwest of Phoenix off of Interstate 17. [app users click here to view slideshow] The Bureau of Land Management says the fire ignited Tuesday between Black Canyon City and Bumble Bee. The say at least 50 acres had burned as of Tuesday afternoon, but no structures are threatened. Television footage shows brush burning west and away from the highway, which is one of the main routes to northern Arizona. Authorities...

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