Photo: The tank under a DC-10 Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT) can hold 9,400 gallons of fire retardant Warm and windy conditions Tuesday were pushing the Pipeline Fire north of Flagstaff toward Schultz Pass, prompting some evacuations under towering plumes of ash and smoke. The fire, which was reported Sunday morning, has burned more than
Photo: The Pipeline Fire outside of Flagstaff The Western U.S. on Monday marked another day of hot, dry and windy weather as crews from California to New Mexico battled wildfires that had forced hundreds of people to leave their homes. Roughly 2,500 homes have been evacuated because of two wildfires burning on the outskirts of
Photo: The AES Huntington Beach Energy Center in Huntington Beach, Calif. A California coastal panel on Thursday rejected a long-standing proposal to build a $1.4 billion seawater desalination plant to turn Pacific Ocean water into drinking water as the state grapples with persistent drought that is expected to worsen in coming years with climate change.
With the pandemic winding down, cities and towns across the state are looking toward a more typical Fourth of July this year – and typical in Arizona means balancing fireworks against the potential for wildfire. This Independence Day comes as “exceptional drought” conditions continue across much of the state, where thousands of acres of wildfires were burning Thursday. But
State and federal weather officials are predicting a warmer and drier than normal winter for Arizona, which would come on the heels of the driest monsoon ever recorded in the state. The “non-soon” summer followed by a La Niña winter could spell trouble for water resources and wildfire conditions in a state already gripped by