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Wildfires

Grim western fire season starts much drier than record 2020

As bad as last year’s record-shattering fire season was, the western U.S. starts this year’s in even worse shape. The soil in the West is record dry for this time of year. In much of the region, plants that fuel fires are also the driest scientists have seen. The vegetation is primed to ignite, especially

Wildfires

Get ready for a busy year fighting wildfires, experts in Arizona warn

Arizona already has seen a few fires this year, and experts say the state is likely to experience another major year for wildfires. In April alone, the Margo Fire in Pinal County burned about 1,100 acres, and another blaze continues to burn southwest of Heber. On Monday, a fire started southeast of Whiteriver and has

State

Burned acreage up sharply, as Arizona 2020 wildfire season winds down

The acreage torched by wildfires in Arizona was up sharply this year, but fire officials said it was still not a particularly bad season in terms of lives lost and structures burned in the blazes. The 2020 wildfire season had burned just under 955,000 acres as of Wednesday, according to the Arizona Department of Forestry

Opinion

Opinion: The Real Wildfire Story Isn’t the Climate Tale You’ve Been Told

As a professional meteorologist, I am always happy to discuss and debate what’s happening to our world’s weather. But I am disappointed when advocates for a political viewpoint weaponize weather events to push an agenda. We see it nearly every year with hurricane season, in part I suspect because every two years it coincides with

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