August 9, 2020

Wildfires

Bumble Bee Fire Update

Acres: approx. 2,700 acres Percent Containment: 20% Start Date: Friday, August 7, 2020 Cause: Human Caused – Under Investigation Origin Location: 10 miles E of Crown King, AZ Fuels: high desert grass and brush Personnel Assigned: approx. 100 personnel Unseasonably hot and dry conditions continue to keep Arizona firefighters busy. The Bumble Bee Fire burning west of Interstate 17(I-17), started Friday morning in the eastern

ADOT

End of the line for roundabouts at I-17, Happy Valley Road

It’s the end of the line for the roundabouts at the Interstate 17 interchange at Happy Valley Road in north Phoenix. The Arizona Department of Transportation is replacing the roundabouts starting this weekend (Aug. 7-10) as part of an ongoing project to add the state’s first full diverging diamond interchange. The Happy Valley Road roundabouts

Local

Inadequate Monsoon Moisture Causes Prescott NF to Reinstate Stage I Fire Restrictions

With minimal monsoon moisture received this year, Fire Managers on the Prescott NF plan to implement Stage I Fire Restrictions.  Campfire, smoking, and shooting restrictions will likely go into effect on the Prescott National Forest next week; August 12-14.  Fire Managers have determined that key criteria will be reached or near enough to warrant taking

Legal Beat

Crimes in Tucson, Phoenix fell in second quarter, as COVID-19 took hold

The latest police data show reported crimes fell in Phoenix and Tucson during the second quarter of the year, a period in which Arizonans were largely confined to their homes by the governor’s COVID-19 stay-at-home order. But while property crimes in both cities fell, violent crime in Phoenix rose sharply in the quarter, driven largely

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