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Heavy monsoon rains last year coupled with light snowpack this winter will combine to make for a more dangerous fire season this year, state Forester Scott Hunt predicted Wednesday.
State Forester Scott Hunt on Wednesday details areas of the state at high fire danger this year. But Hunt sidestepped questions about changes in his agency's firefighting operation in the wake of last year's tragedy at Yarnell Hill. [Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services]
State Forester Scott Hunt on Wednesday details areas of the state at high fire danger this year. But Hunt, flanked by Gov. Jan Brewer, sidestepped questions about changes in his agency's firefighting operation in the wake of last year's tragedy at Yarnell Hill. [Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services]
State lawmakers took the first steps Tuesday to immunize the Land Department from mistakes and negligence that result in forest fires – even if that means destroyed homes and dead firefighters.
Not everything lawmakers will face this session revolves around how to divide up the limited dollars available. They also will be taking up some matters of policy.
Everyone has done a list of the Top 10 events of the past year.
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.
Marshall Krotenberg, lead investigator on the Yarnell Hill Fire, details his findings Wednesday for the state Industrial Commission. The panel accepted his report and imposed the maximum $559,000 fine possible. [By Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services]
Admittedly, it is a little early to start talking about Christmas; Halloween is barely a week away, and Thanksgiving still awaits in the middle of the holiday sandwich. And there’s some reflection of that fact in Aaron Leach’s front yard in Mesa on Oct. 21, with several strands of light and inflatable ornaments unpacked but strewn all over the brown ground.
Mesa resident Aaron Leach's home, picutred on Oct. 21, 2013, will have a slew of holiday lights in honor of the victims of the Yarnell Hill Fire and 9/11 attacks starting Nov.1. [Tim Hacker/Tribune]
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.
Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin, R-Dewey, testifies at an Arizona state House Public Safety, Military and Regulatory Affairs Committee hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, in Phoenix. The committee raised questions regarding the concern of a possible plan to pay full survivor and other benefits to the 13 part-time firefighters, who were among the 19 killed in the Yarnell Hill wildfire.
House Speaker Andy Tobin urged a legislative committee Tuesday to quickly come up with a plan to pay full survivor and other benefits to the 13 part-time firefighters who were among 19 killed in the Yarnell Hill wildfire.
PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer asked President Obama on Wednesday to overrule a decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that the Yarnell Hill Fire does not qualify as a disaster.
Flanked by federal and state lawmakers, Gov. Jan Brewer signs a request Wednesday to President Obama to overrule the finding of the Federal Emergency Management Agency that the Yarnell Hill Fire does not qualify as a disaster. With the governor are, from left, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, state Sen. Steve Pierce. Rep. Karen Fann, Rep. Paul Gosar, Rep. Trent Franks and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema. [Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services]
After a very active Monday around the Valley and state, conditions have been a tad quieter much of today.
Mayor Marlin Kuykendall took a lead role in helping Prescott mourn the loss of 19 firefighters this summer, sharing the stage with the governor and Vice President Joe Biden at a nationally televised memorial. He set aside campaigning in the midst of a re-election bid to focus almost entirely on the fallen firefighters, and his victory to a third term seemed like a safe bet.
Parts of Arizona are expected to be hit with scattered severe storms this weekend, with possible flooding thanks to moisture from Tropical Storm Ivo in the Pacific, forecasters said.
Gov. Jan Brewer needs to “just say NO” to a proposed special session and current demands for increased benefits for the families of the 13 part-time Prescott firefighters killed last June in the Yarnell Hill Fire. The families of the six full-time fire fighters killed will receive different benefit amounts due to full-time employment status.s
Amanda Marsh, center, widow of Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew superintendent Eric Marsh, talks about the bond her husband had with his crews during a news conference in Prescott. Eric Marsh, who founded the Granite Mountain Hotshots, was one of the 19 Hotshot firefighters who were killed by an out-of-control blaze near Yarnell.