Stories tagged: "wildfires"


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After the Flames: Santa Catalina Mountains Rebounding From Bighorn Fire a Year Ago

The fire began after lightning struck the Pusch Ridge Wilderness. It lasted for 48 days and burned nearly 120,000 acres, making it one of the biggest fires in Arizona history.

LIVE BLOG: Tracking Wildfires in Arizona

Bookmark this page for the latest updates on conditions, closures, and evacuations. Arizona had one of the driest monsoon seasons in history last year alongside a number of record-breaking wildfires—and 2021 isn’t expected to be much different. Much of the state is currently in a state of drought, resulting in dry conditions ripe for fires....

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2020 Was a Record-Breaking Year for Drought, Wildfires, and Heat in Arizona. 2021 is Poised to Be Even Worse.

After a record-breaking 2020, experts predict 2021 will offer little relief, which could have devastating results for Arizona.

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Arizona’s Wildfires—Once Confined to a Season—May Now Be Year-round

Wildfires have burned more acres in 2020 than the two previous years combined. And, thanks to climate change, it’s only poised to get worse.

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Coconino Official Backs Bill to Burn Forest Waste for Renewable Energy

The bill would use small trees, limbs, and tree tops removed during forest restoration efforts for renewable energy.

Gregg Sasek, dispersed recreation manager for the Coronado National Forest Santa Catalina Ranger District, demonstrates how ground along the Palisade Trail has been burnt out making it easy for hikers to sink a leg into the soil, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, near Tucson, Ariz. Various dangers are still being accessed throughout the Coronado National Forest as a result of the Bighorn Fire. (Josh Galemore/Arizona Daily Star via AP, Pool)
Two Fronts: How AZ Fire Fighters Battled Blazes and Coronavirus at the Same Time

Firefighters had the difficult task of keeping two looming dangers at bay: large-scale wildfires and a highly-transmittable virus.

While the economic toll of 2020's wildfires is still not known, the US has experienced huge increases in billion-dollar weather disasters in the past four decades due to climate change (AP Photo/Noah Berger).
Billion-Dollar Disasters Are More Frequent Than Ever in the US—Wildfires Are Only Part of That Toll

Wildfires in the West will have an enormous financial toll, but they are part of a more worrying trend of huge financial losses tied to extreme weather events caused by climate change.