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    SAWMILL FIRE: Sawmill Fire containment up as more crews released

    SAWMILL FIRE: Sawmill Fire containment up as more crews released

    Saturday, April 29 2017 11:42 PM EDT2017-04-30 03:42:24 GMT

    Officials have confirmed the wildfire burning in southern Arizona was caused by a recreational shooter.

    Officials have confirmed the wildfire burning in southern Arizona was caused by a recreational shooter.

  • Sawmill Fire evacuees grateful to find homes untouched

    Sawmill Fire evacuees grateful to find homes untouched

    Friday, April 28 2017 10:06 PM EDT2017-04-29 02:06:06 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.

  • Cactus Fire on Bush Highway expected to grow with planned burn, containment possible

    Cactus Fire on Bush Highway expected to grow with planned burn, containment possible

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 9:31 PM EDT2017-04-26 01:31:10 GMT
    Thursday, April 27 2017 8:33 PM EDT2017-04-28 00:33:58 GMT
    A view of the Cactus Fire on Thursday morning (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)A view of the Cactus Fire on Thursday morning (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    The fire is expected to grow even more, possibly to 700 acres, with a planned controlled burn that should give firefighters an edge. The hope is that the fire will be mostly contained sometime Thursday.

    The fire is expected to grow even more, possibly to 700 acres, with a planned controlled burn that should give firefighters an edge. The hope is that the fire will be mostly contained sometime Thursday.

  • 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.

  • J-6 Ranch, Mescal areas prepare to evacuate ahead of growing Sawmill Fire

    J-6 Ranch, Mescal areas prepare to evacuate ahead of growing Sawmill Fire

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 10:07 PM EDT2017-04-27 02:07:08 GMT
    (Source: KOLD News 13)(Source: KOLD News 13)

    People in the J-6 Ranch and Mescal areas were worried about the safety of their families and friends, but they also were planning the best ways to keep their animals safe.

    People in the J-6 Ranch and Mescal areas were worried about the safety of their families and friends, but they also were planning the best ways to keep their animals safe.

  • Cactus Fire threatening Salt River wild horses

    Cactus Fire threatening Salt River wild horses

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 10:34 AM EDT2017-04-26 14:34:17 GMT
    Wednesday, April 26 2017 3:40 PM EDT2017-04-26 19:40:05 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group says it is “in emergency mode and is on standby with [a] veterinarian." 

    The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group says it is “in emergency mode and is on standby with [a] veterinarian." 

  • Fairgrounds become Sawmill Fire 'base camp' for firefighters, evacuees

    Fairgrounds become Sawmill Fire 'base camp' for firefighters, evacuees

    Wednesday, April 26 2017 11:53 AM EDT2017-04-26 15:53:36 GMT
    Trucks at base camp for Sawmill Fire. (Source: Tucson News Now)Trucks at base camp for Sawmill Fire. (Source: Tucson News Now)

    The Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds near SR-82 and SR-83 by Sonoita has turned into a "base camp" for Sawmill Wildfire firefighters and evacuees. 

    The Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds near SR-82 and SR-83 by Sonoita has turned into a "base camp" for Sawmill Wildfire firefighters and evacuees. 

  • Surprise Fire Department crew heading down to Sawmill Fire

    Surprise Fire Department crew heading down to Sawmill Fire

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 7:47 AM EDT2017-04-25 11:47:41 GMT
    Tuesday, April 25 2017 1:05 PM EDT2017-04-25 17:05:00 GMT
    (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)(Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    The Surprise Fire Department is sending crews south to help fight the Sawmill Fire burning about 40 miles south of Tucson. The fire has grown to about 7,500 acres as of Monday afternoon; containment is at roughly 7 percent.

    The Surprise Fire Department is sending crews south to help fight the Sawmill Fire burning about 40 miles south of Tucson. The fire has grown to about 7,500 acres as of Monday afternoon; containment is at roughly 7 percent.

  • UPDATE: Brush fire south of Sierra Vista contained

    UPDATE: Brush fire south of Sierra Vista contained

    Sunday, April 23 2017 12:52 PM EDT2017-04-23 16:52:10 GMT

    Crews are battling a brush fire south of Sierra Vista on Saturday afternoon, according to Carol Capas, public information officer for Cochise County Sheriff's Office.

    Crews are battling a brush fire south of Sierra Vista on Saturday afternoon, according to Carol Capas, public information officer for Cochise County Sheriff's Office.

  • Firefighters work to put out brush fire near Anthem

    Firefighters work to put out brush fire near Anthem

    Friday, April 21 2017 9:33 PM EDT2017-04-22 01:33:30 GMT
    Friday, April 21 2017 10:45 PM EDT2017-04-22 02:45:01 GMT

    Phoenix Fire spokesman Jake Van Hook said crews north of Anthem are fighting a 15 to 20 acre fire west of Interstate 17. The fire is burning near 45th Avenue and Emily Drive Van Hook said no structures have been threatened. 

    Phoenix Fire spokesman Jake Van Hook said crews north of Anthem are fighting a 15 to 20 acre fire west of Interstate 17. The fire is burning near 45th Avenue and Emily Drive Van Hook said no structures have been threatened. 

  • Drones used for first time in major search at Grand Canyon

    Drones used for first time in major search at Grand Canyon

    Friday, April 21 2017 6:33 PM EDT2017-04-21 22:33:50 GMT
    Friday, April 21 2017 7:07 PM EDT2017-04-21 23:07:51 GMT
    (National Park Service via AP). This Sunday, April 16, 2017, photo provided by the National Park Service shows Tapeats Creek in Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.(National Park Service via AP). This Sunday, April 16, 2017, photo provided by the National Park Service shows Tapeats Creek in Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.

    The desperate effort this week to find two hikers who disappeared at the bottom of the Grand Canyon represented the National Park Service's most extensive use yet of drones in a search-and-rescue mission.

    The desperate effort this week to find two hikers who disappeared at the bottom of the Grand Canyon represented the National Park Service's most extensive use yet of drones in a search-and-rescue mission.

  • Forest Service plans prescribed fires for Sierra Vista Ranger District

    Forest Service plans prescribed fires for Sierra Vista Ranger District

    Friday, April 21 2017 11:13 AM EDT2017-04-21 15:13:07 GMT

    Residents living in or near Sierra Vista may notice smoke in the air on Friday morning from a prescribed burn conducted by the U.S. Forest Service. 

    Residents living in or near Sierra Vista may notice smoke in the air on Friday morning from a prescribed burn conducted by the U.S. Forest Service. 

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • breaking

    UPDATE: Range Fire near Ft. Huachuca 80 percent contained

    UPDATE: Range Fire near Ft. Huachuca 80 percent contained

    Friday, April 14 2017 2:40 PM EDT2017-04-14 18:40:15 GMT
    Wildfire burning near East gate of Ft. Huachuca. (Source: Whetstone Fire District/Facebook)Wildfire burning near East gate of Ft. Huachuca. (Source: Whetstone Fire District/Facebook)

    According to Whetstone Fire District's Facebook page it is a wildland fire located just outside the East gate of Fort Huachuca off Highway 82 in the Presidential Estates off Sanders Road.   

    According to Whetstone Fire District's Facebook page it is a wildland fire located just outside the East gate of Fort Huachuca off Highway 82 in the Presidential Estates off Sanders Road.   

  • breaking

    Information sought on person of interest in connection with Molino Fire

    Information sought on person of interest in connection with Molino Fire

    Tuesday, April 11 2017 11:39 AM EDT2017-04-11 15:39:13 GMT
    Smoke from wildfire in the Catalina Mountains. (Source: U.S. Forest Service - Coronado National Forest)Smoke from wildfire in the Catalina Mountains. (Source: U.S. Forest Service - Coronado National Forest)

    According to witness reports and activity associated with the area where the fire began, officials determined the fire may have been started as a result of recreational shooting.  

    According to witness reports and activity associated with the area where the fire began, officials determined the fire may have been started as a result of recreational shooting.  

  • Monsoon Links: Stay safe during severe weather

    Monsoon Links: Stay safe during severe weather

    Find out how you can get the latest severe weather alerts to your mobile phone and e-mail, along with links to rain totals in your backyard, safety tips for when floods, thunderstorms, and dust storms hit, plus where to send you own pictures and video of the monsoon.

    Find out how you can get the latest severe weather alerts to your mobile phone and e-mail, along with links to rain totals in your backyard, safety tips for when floods, thunderstorms, and dust storms hit, plus where to send you own pictures and video of the monsoon.

  • 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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  • Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

    Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

        One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction.  She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction. She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

  • 'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    Thursday, April 27 2017 12:17 AM EDT2017-04-27 04:17:43 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-04-29 03:32:02 GMT
    Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children.

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children. 

  • BREAKING

    Officials: 5 dead during weekend storms, casualties may increase

    Officials: 5 dead during weekend storms, casualties may increase

    Sunday, April 30 2017 12:31 AM EDT2017-04-30 04:31:34 GMT

    Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued Saturday for multiple East Texas counties.

    Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued Saturday for multiple East Texas counties.

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