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Calling the findings legally unjustified, the state Forestry Division on Thursday is challenging the findings of liability and $559,000 in fines by state safety officials in the deaths of the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots.
The state Industrial Commission voted Wednesday to impose the maximum permissible $559,000 penalty on the state Forestry Division after the deaths in June of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots battling the Yarnell Hill Fire.
The Arizona State Forestry Division is scheduled to release a report this weekend on the deaths of 19 elite firefighters at the Yarnell Hill wildfire three months ago.
PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer said Wednesday the deputy state forester spoke out of turn in expressing his view that the head of the Granite Mountain Hotshots was at least partly responsible for his own death and that of 18 of his colleagues.
A wildfire that began with a lightning strike and caused little immediate concern because of its remote location and small size quickly blazed into an inferno, leading officials to rapidly order more resources in the hours before flames killed 19 members of an elite Hotshot crew, according to a report released Monday.
YARNELL, Ariz. — Juliann Ashcraft had just put the kids down for a nap when her cellphone buzzed. It was a text from Andrew, her husband of seven years and, still, her best friend.
Eric Marsh built the Granite Mountain Hotshots from nothing — and died trying to protect the crew that friends say constituted his life's work.
Shortly before flames engulfed his comrades, the Hotshot firefighters' lookout radioed his team that the blaze had shifted direction with the wind and that he was fleeing for safety.
YARNELL — With no way out, the 19 elite firefighters did what they were trained to do when trapped by a wildfire: They unfurled their foil-lined, heat-resistant tarps and rushed to cover themselves on the ground.
PRESCOTT — Investigators from across the U.S. poured into the mountain town of Yarnell on Tuesday to figure out why 19 elite firefighters perished in an out-of-control wildfire and whether human error played a role in the tragedy.
Stephen Rayleigh and Matt Lyon thought they were done with careers in drones after they left the Army in 2010 and enrolled at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott.
BOISE, Idaho — The U.S. is heading into a tough wildfire season made even more challenging because budget cuts mean fewer firefighters to battle blazes, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Monday.
I am a registered Republican and I vote in every election. I own a swimming pool maintenance company, and have had a 47-year career, to date, in the residential pool industry: new construction, maintenance and repair, mostly right here in the Valley of the Sun. I am a Phoenix native.
A satellite designed, built and tested in Gilbert will be launched in February to circle the globe collecting data for NASA and the Department of Interior.
Each year, as forest fires rage across the state, it’s heartbreaking to see thousands of trees consumed by flames. Just a few months ago, the Gladiator Fire blazed through more than 16,000 acres in the Prescott National Forest; and last year, the Wallow Fire destroyed more than 530,000 acres of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, making it the largest forest fire in the state’s history. Unfortunately, many residents lost their homes in both of these fires, and all of us have lost so much that these tranquil forests have to offer.
Washington -- Arizona is one of several Western states with a higher-than-normal likelihood for large wildfires this summer based on unseasonably dry weather conditions, according to new data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.
Arizona voters could get a chance this year to tell the federal government to butt out of what we do with our air, land, water and wildlife.
The Salt River Project is giving away desert adapted shade trees to homes around the Valley to reduce energy costs and improve air quality.
Schools that want to encourage nature studies can now apply for a grant through the Arizona Centennial Commission & 2012 Foundation in conjunction with the Arizona Community Tree Council.
Queen Creek is offering free Christmas tree recycling at a drop-off location on Crewse Lane, just south of the Municipal Services Building, from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 8 and 14.
It’s probably no surprise to most Arizona workers.
The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department's Forestry Supervisor, Richard Adkins, has earned prestigious international recognition. The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) recently named Adkins as one of seven 2011 recipients of the organization's True Professionals Award. The ISA grants the award to forestry professionals that have demonstrated special achievement in a professional setting, cultivating fruitful relationships with clients, successful initiatives in community education, unique contributions to the betterment of the profession and the pursuit of professional development.
WASHINGTON – Arizona lost more than 281,000 jobs from 2007 to 2009, and more than 8,800 businesses closed in the same time period, according to the latest Census numbers on county business patterns.