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  • Off-duty agent named in Sawmill Fire, investigation continues

    Off-duty agent named in Sawmill Fire, investigation continues

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 11:40 PM EDT2017-05-24 03:40:49 GMT
    (Source: See It, Snap It, Send It)(Source: See It, Snap It, Send It)

    It's been a month since the Sawmill Fire sparked on April 23 southeast of Green Valley and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

    It's been a month since the Sawmill Fire sparked on April 23 southeast of Green Valley and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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    Highway 191 back open as crews have fire under control

    Highway 191 back open as crews have fire under control

    Monday, May 22 2017 11:44 PM EDT2017-05-23 03:44:53 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    A portion of U.S. 191 in Cochise County was closed Monday night due to a grass fire, authorities said.

    A portion of U.S. 191 in Cochise County was closed Monday night due to a grass fire, authorities said.

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    Brush fire in Nogales out, no homes destroyed

    Brush fire in Nogales out, no homes destroyed

    Monday, May 22 2017 7:52 PM EDT2017-05-22 23:52:25 GMT
    (Source: Nogales Police Department)(Source: Nogales Police Department)

    Homes are being evacuated in Nogales Monday afternoon due to a brush fire, authorities said.

    Homes are being evacuated in Nogales Monday afternoon due to a brush fire, authorities said.

  • WILDFIRE PREVENTION: Enjoy the outdoors while protecting the environment

    WILDFIRE PREVENTION: Enjoy the outdoors while protecting the environment

    Monday, May 22 2017 3:11 PM EDT2017-05-22 19:11:11 GMT

    If you're planning on spending time outdoors there are few things you can keep in mind to help protect yourself and the environment.

    If you're planning on spending time outdoors there are few things you can keep in mind to help protect yourself and the environment.

  • Marana police search for brush fire suspects

    Marana police search for brush fire suspects

    Saturday, April 15 2017 1:39 AM EDT2017-04-15 05:39:39 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    The Marana Police Department is asking for help to find the suspect or suspects responsible for setting a recent brush fire.

    The Marana Police Department is asking for help to find the suspect or suspects responsible for setting a recent brush fire.

  • Wildfires are part of life in Arizona and here are some of the worst

    Wildfires are part of life in Arizona and here are some of the worst

    Thursday, May 18 2017 10:13 PM EDT2017-05-19 02:13:44 GMT
    Friday, May 19 2017 12:19 PM EDT2017-05-19 16:19:00 GMT
    Arizona has seen its fair share of devastating wildfires. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Arizona has seen its fair share of devastating wildfires. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Wildfires in Arizona have destroyed thousands of homes, claimed dozens of lives and ravaged millions of acres of beautiful landscape through the years. Here are some of the most destructive fires in Arizona's history. 

    Wildfires in Arizona have destroyed thousands of homes, claimed dozens of lives and ravaged millions of acres of beautiful landscape through the years. Here are some of the most destructive fires in Arizona's history. 

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    GREAT NEWS: Bisbee Fire is out, evacuations lifted

    GREAT NEWS: Bisbee Fire is out, evacuations lifted

    Wednesday, May 17 2017 11:09 AM EDT2017-05-17 15:09:01 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    The fire in Bisbee is out and the evacuations have been lifted, town leaders said.

    The fire in Bisbee is out and the evacuations have been lifted, town leaders said.

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    UPDATE: Mulberry Fire 100 percent contained

    UPDATE: Mulberry Fire 100 percent contained

    Tuesday, May 9 2017 11:52 PM EDT2017-05-10 03:52:05 GMT

    The Mulberry Fire started just before 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 6. 

    The Mulberry Fire started just before 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 6. 

  • Fire crews wrap up response to Mulberry Fire

    Fire crews wrap up response to Mulberry Fire

    Monday, May 8 2017 8:28 PM EDT2017-05-09 00:28:48 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    Fire crews and support teams continued to be relieved from the Mulberry Fire Monday, just 48 hours after the wildfire sparked southeast of Tucson. 

    Fire crews and support teams continued to be relieved from the Mulberry Fire Monday, just 48 hours after the wildfire sparked southeast of Tucson. 

  • Family sifts through home burned by Mulberry Fire

    Family sifts through home burned by Mulberry Fire

    Monday, May 8 2017 11:04 AM EDT2017-05-08 15:04:19 GMT
    Source: KOLDSource: KOLD

    The front door used to serve as a welcoming entrance for Joe Barr and his family. Now that it's burned by the Mulberry Fire, it's a passageway to a property filled with melted memories. "It's material stuff," he said. 

    The front door used to serve as a welcoming entrance for Joe Barr and his family. Now that it's burned by the Mulberry Fire, it's a passageway to a property filled with melted memories. "It's material stuff," he said. 

  • Widow loses home to flames of Mulberry Fire

    Widow loses home to flames of Mulberry Fire

    Monday, May 8 2017 10:55 AM EDT2017-05-08 14:55:41 GMT
    What's left of flame retardant from an air drop can be see near McCain's home (Source: Tucson News Now).What's left of flame retardant from an air drop can be see near McCain's home (Source: Tucson News Now).

    Jill McCain was in shock, devastated because the custom-built home she designed with her late-husband more than 30 years ago is gone, lost to the flames of the Mulberry Fire. 

    Jill McCain was in shock, devastated because the custom-built home she designed with her late-husband more than 30 years ago is gone, lost to the flames of the Mulberry Fire. 

  • Fire season: Supertanker staged in southern Arizona

    Fire season: Supertanker staged in southern Arizona

    Thursday, May 4 2017 12:10 AM EDT2017-05-04 04:10:58 GMT
    (Source: globalsupertanker.com)(Source: globalsupertanker.com)

    Fresh off a mission in Chile, the Global Supertanker has returned to the United States, its crew ready to help fight wildland fires.

    Fresh off a mission in Chile, the Global Supertanker has returned to the United States, its crew ready to help fight wildland fires.

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    ADOT: Restrictions on SR-83 lifted, guardrail repaired

    ADOT: Restrictions on SR-83 lifted, guardrail repaired

    Wednesday, May 3 2017 1:57 PM EDT2017-05-03 17:57:53 GMT
    Crews had to repair two miles of guardrail damaged in the Sawmill Fire. (Source: KOLD News 13)Crews had to repair two miles of guardrail damaged in the Sawmill Fire. (Source: KOLD News 13)

    All restrictions between I-10 and Sonoita have been lifted. Crews had to repair about two miles of guardrail and support posts that were damaged by the Sawmill Fire. 

    All restrictions between I-10 and Sonoita have been lifted. Crews had to repair about two miles of guardrail and support posts that were damaged by the Sawmill Fire. 

  • Close look at conservation area closed by Sawmill Fire

    Close look at conservation area closed by Sawmill Fire

    Tuesday, May 2 2017 8:08 PM EDT2017-05-03 00:08:32 GMT
    (Source: KOLD News 13)(Source: KOLD News 13)

    The Sawmill Fire, which started southeast of Green Valley then pushed east through small communities north of Sonoita, closed access to Las Cienegas National Conservation Area on Friday, April 28.

    The Sawmill Fire, which started southeast of Green Valley then pushed east through small communities north of Sonoita, closed access to Las Cienegas National Conservation Area on Friday, April 28.

  • What to know when making wildfire evacuation plan

    What to know when making wildfire evacuation plan

    Tuesday, May 2 2017 12:02 PM EDT2017-05-02 16:02:57 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    The Nogales Fire Department is pushing out pre-evacuation, evacuation, and safety plans in response to the Sawmill Fire. 

    The Nogales Fire Department is pushing out pre-evacuation, evacuation, and safety plans in response to the Sawmill Fire. 

  • Sonoita vineyard owner: 'I'm thankful'

    Monday, May 1 2017 1:24 PM EDT2017-05-01 17:24:50 GMT

    Kief Manning, owner of Kief - Joshua Vineyards, says the hundreds of firefighters on the front lines of the Sawmill Fire saved his vineyard, along with lots of property.

    Kief Manning, owner of Kief - Joshua Vineyards, says the hundreds of firefighters on the front lines of the Sawmill Fire saved his vineyard, along with lots of property.

  • Sawmill Fire a week later: Returning to where fire started

    Sawmill Fire a week later: Returning to where fire started

    Monday, May 1 2017 11:57 AM EDT2017-05-01 15:57:55 GMT
    The road remains closed outside of Green Valley (Source: Tucson News Now).The road remains closed outside of Green Valley (Source: Tucson News Now).

    Even though crews have almost fully contained the Sawmill Fire, federal forest officials are still limiting road access to where it first sparked east of Green Valley.  

    Even though crews have almost fully contained the Sawmill Fire, federal forest officials are still limiting road access to where it first sparked east of Green Valley.

  • Sawmill Fire evacuee: 'I can sleep and I'm relieved'

    Sawmill Fire evacuee: 'I can sleep and I'm relieved'

    Monday, May 1 2017 11:47 AM EDT2017-05-01 15:47:02 GMT
    People living and working in Sonoita are relieved that evacuation orders have been lifted (Source: Tucson News Now).People living and working in Sonoita are relieved that evacuation orders have been lifted (Source: Tucson News Now).

    Fire officials on the Sawmill Fire are in the process of releasing multiple personnel and crews after announcing Saturday containment of the fire has increased to 89 percent. 617 personnel were

    Fire officials on the Sawmill Fire are in the process of releasing multiple personnel and crews after announcing Saturday containment of the fire has increased to 89 percent.

  • Firefighters saved more than homes from Sawmill Fire

    Firefighters saved more than homes from Sawmill Fire

    Monday, May 1 2017 11:23 AM EDT2017-05-01 15:23:27 GMT
    (Source: Tucson News Now)(Source: Tucson News Now)

    The Sawmill Fire has burned nearly 47,000 acres, but thanks to the efforts of firefighting crews no homes have been lost.   

    The Sawmill Fire has burned nearly 47,000 acres, but thanks to the efforts of firefighting crews no homes have been lost.   

  • Sawmill Fire evacuees grateful to find homes untouched

    Sawmill Fire evacuees grateful to find homes untouched

    Monday, May 1 2017 11:19 AM EDT2017-05-01 15:19:49 GMT
    Thom's untouched property. Behind it, other side of Graeterville Road where he saw #Sawmill fire crews control burn to stop spread. (Source: Tucson News Now)Thom's untouched property. Behind it, other side of Graeterville Road where he saw #Sawmill fire crews control burn to stop spread. (Source: Tucson News Now)

    Some pre-evacuation orders remain for a few communities near the Sawmill Fire in southern Arizona, according to an update from the incident management team coordinating the fire fight. As of 430 p.m. Friday, families in Mescal J-6, Rain Valley and Hunter Ranch are asked to be on standby with pre-evacuation orders. 

    Some pre-evacuation orders remain for a few communities near the Sawmill Fire in southern Arizona, according to an update from the incident management team coordinating the fire fight. As of 430 p.m. Friday, families in Mescal J-6, Rain Valley and Hunter Ranch are asked to be on standby with pre-evacuation orders. 

  • 2nd fire may be caused by recreational shooting

    2nd fire may be caused by recreational shooting

    Friday, April 28 2017 9:23 PM EDT2017-04-29 01:23:58 GMT

    The Bureau of Land Management through Twitter warned recreational shooters of the perils of using incendiary devices as part of their target shooting.

    The Bureau of Land Management through Twitter warned recreational shooters of the perils of using incendiary devices as part of their target shooting.

  • Benson students deliver donations to firefighters

    Benson students deliver donations to firefighters

    Friday, April 28 2017 1:40 AM EDT2017-04-28 05:40:57 GMT
    (Source: KOLD News 13)(Source: KOLD News 13)

    Food, supplies, and goodies were collected as Benson High School students spent the past few days reaching out for donations to give to firefighters.

    Food, supplies, and goodies were collected as Benson High School students spent the past few days reaching out for donations to give to firefighters.

  • Fire officials host community meeting for residents near Sawmill Fire

    Fire officials host community meeting for residents near Sawmill Fire

    Friday, April 28 2017 1:19 AM EDT2017-04-28 05:19:18 GMT

    Residents asked a lot of questions about the condition of the fire, how likely it is that they will have to evacuate and what would happen if an evacuation did take place.

    Residents asked a lot of questions about the condition of the fire, how likely it is that they will have to evacuate and what would happen if an evacuation did take place.

  • Could 2017 be a bad wildfire season for Arizona?

    Could 2017 be a bad wildfire season for Arizona?

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 9:48 PM EDT2017-04-27 01:48:21 GMT
    Thursday, April 27 2017 11:12 PM EDT2017-04-28 03:12:09 GMT

    Arizona could face a long wildfire season because of a wet winter and very dry spring.

    Arizona could face a long wildfire season because of a wet winter and very dry spring.

  • ONLY ON KOLD: Wildland firefighter talks about saving ranch from Sawmill Fire

    ONLY ON KOLD: Wildland firefighter talks about saving ranch from Sawmill Fire

    Thursday, April 27 2017 2:43 PM EDT2017-04-27 18:43:51 GMT
    (Source: Golder Ranch Fire District)(Source: Golder Ranch Fire District)

    Wildland firefighter Rob Russo with Golder Ranch Fire District is the man behind some incredibly close photos and videos of the Sawmill Fire.

    Wildland firefighter Rob Russo with Golder Ranch Fire District is the man behind some incredibly close photos and videos of the Sawmill Fire.

  • Mesa man creates 20-foot tower to battle wildfires

    Mesa man creates 20-foot tower to battle wildfires

    Friday, April 21 2017 12:18 AM EDT2017-04-21 04:18:10 GMT
    Friday, April 21 2017 1:43 AM EDT2017-04-21 05:43:15 GMT
    Garry Tomsen's Silvertip Tower was born from a 15-year-old sketch. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Garry Tomsen's Silvertip Tower was born from a 15-year-old sketch. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    Our wet winter provides a favorable wildfire forecast in the high country, but could still pose problems for lower elevations. One Mesa man said he has a low-cost solution to fighting fires.

    Our wet winter provides a favorable wildfire forecast in the high country, but could still pose problems for lower elevations. One Mesa man said he has a low-cost solution to fighting fires.

  • ADOT's tips to prevent wildfires along highways as weather warms

    ADOT's tips to prevent wildfires along highways as weather warms

    Thursday, April 20 2017 2:48 PM EDT2017-04-20 18:48:23 GMT
    Thursday, April 20 2017 3:02 PM EDT2017-04-20 19:02:04 GMT
    (Source: ADOT)(Source: ADOT)

    State Route 87 in Payson, Arizona may look green now, but that doesn’t mean warming temperatures are not a danger to the area. Brush fires are a large threat to the foliage that borders the roadways, especially when temperatures climb to record-breaking heights. 

    State Route 87 in Payson, Arizona may look green now, but that doesn’t mean warming temperatures are not a danger to the area. Brush fires are a large threat to the foliage that borders the roadways, especially when temperatures climb to record-breaking heights. 

  • Inmate crews busy fighting fires in southern Arizona

    Inmate crews busy fighting fires in southern Arizona

    Wednesday, April 19 2017 7:15 PM EDT2017-04-19 23:15:20 GMT
    In Cochise County today w/ #AZ inmate fire team. When they're not fighting wildfires, they're clearing out brush to prevent future fires. (Source: Tucson News Now)In Cochise County today w/ #AZ inmate fire team. When they're not fighting wildfires, they're clearing out brush to prevent future fires. (Source: Tucson News Now)

    "It was one of the best decisions I've ever made," said squad boss Mark Harper. "To put it bluntly, it's been a life-changing experience for me. I know a lot of the guys out here feel the same way."

    "It was one of the best decisions I've ever made," said squad boss Mark Harper. "To put it bluntly, it's been a life-changing experience for me. I know a lot of the guys out here feel the same way."

  • Interactive Wildfire Map

    Interactive Wildfire Map

    Wednesday, August 19 2015 7:13 PM EDT2015-08-19 23:13:38 GMT
    Wednesday, August 19 2015 7:13 PM EDT2015-08-19 23:13:37 GMT
    image: USDA Forest Serviceimage: USDA Forest Service
    Get an interactive glimpse of all of the large wildfires across the U.S. and Canada by clicking this link to the U.S. Forest Service page. You'll see the same map you see below. Scroll your mouse over the numbers to get the name, and click to get more info.
    Get an interactive glimpse of all of the large wildfires across the U.S. and Canada by clicking this link to the U.S. Forest Service page. You'll see the same map you see below. Scroll your mouse over the numbers to get the name, and click to get more info.
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  • Park, trail dedicated to 19 fallen Arizona firefighters

    Park, trail dedicated to 19 fallen Arizona firefighters

    Tuesday, November 29 2016 7:48 AM EST2016-11-29 12:48:02 GMT
    Tuesday, November 29 2016 6:51 PM EST2016-11-29 23:51:37 GMT
    (Source: KPHO/KTVK)(Source: KPHO/KTVK)

    A rugged section of brush-covered hills where 19 Arizona firefighters were killed in a 2013 wildfire was dedicated as a new state memorial park Tuesday. 

    A rugged section of brush-covered hills where 19 Arizona firefighters were killed in a 2013 wildfire was dedicated as a new state memorial park Tuesday. 

  • Some charities not handing over money meant for Hotshot families

    Some charities not handing over money meant for Hotshot families

    Tuesday, October 20 2015 12:51 AM EDT2015-10-20 04:51:14 GMT
    Tuesday, October 20 2015 2:01 PM EDT2015-10-20 18:01:41 GMT
    Two years have passed since 19 Hotshot firefighters lost their lives while battling the Yarnell Hill Fire. Donations began pouring in shortly after the tragedy from all over the world. However, it did attract some fraud and other charities willing to use the tragedy to raise funds for other needs.
    Two years have passed since 19 Hotshot firefighters lost their lives while battling the Yarnell Hill Fire. Donations began pouring in shortly after the tragedy from all over the world. However, it did attract some fraud and other charities willing to use the tragedy to raise funds for other needs.
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