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  • BREAKING: Police investigate homicide on Tucson's east side

    BREAKING: Police investigate homicide on Tucson's east side

    Sunday, June 25 2017 1:17 AM EDT2017-06-25 05:17:01 GMT

    Tucson Police said a man died, and a homicide investigation is underway on the east side. TPD Sergeant Kimberly Bay said it happened Saturday night in the 2300 block of South Saddleback Ave, near Golf Links, east of Pantano. TPD did not immediately release information on a suspect. Tucson News Now has a crew heading to the scene, and will post updates as they become available. MOBILE USERS: Download our app on your Apple and Android devices. Copyright ...

    Tucson Police said a man died, and a homicide investigation is underway on the east side. TPD Sergeant Kimberly Bay said it happened Saturday night in the 2300 block of South Saddleback Ave, near Golf Links, east of Pantano. TPD did not immediately release information on a suspect. Tucson News Now has a crew heading to the scene, and will post updates as they become available. MOBILE USERS: Download our app on your Apple and Android devices. Copyright ...

  • Overnight fire damages northwest side restaurant

    Sunday, June 25 2017 3:19 PM EDT2017-06-25 19:19:45 GMT
    Source: Northwest Fire DistrictSource: Northwest Fire District

    Northwest Fire District crews responded to an overnight fire on the northwest side of Tucson that caused major damage to a restaurant early Sunday morning.  

    Northwest Fire District crews responded to an overnight fire on the northwest side of Tucson that caused major damage to a restaurant early Sunday morning.  

  • UPDATE: TPD arrests homicide suspect in overnight stabbing; identify victim

    UPDATE: TPD arrests homicide suspect in overnight stabbing; identify victim

    Sunday, June 25 2017 1:44 PM EDT2017-06-25 17:44:37 GMT
    Police identified suspect as 38-year-old Michael Thomas Payne. (Source: TPD)Police identified suspect as 38-year-old Michael Thomas Payne. (Source: TPD)

    Police have made an arrest of a homicide suspect after investigating the scene on the east side of Tucson, and have identified the man killed.

    Police have made an arrest of a homicide suspect after investigating the scene on the east side of Tucson, and have identified the man killed.

Fire season in Arizona ramps up in the dry, warm spring weather. This year is exceptionally dry with rain at the Tucson International Airport totaling 0.61" as of May 20. The average is 2.98", putting TIA 2.37" behind the average. Plus, over 98 percent of Arizona is experiencing some level of drought severity. Add to that stands of dead trees due to bark beetle infestations, and the wildfire risk is high in many areas of the state this spring.

While Arizona wildland firefighters have already battled numerous fires, the season has yet to turn destructive or deadly. As of May 20, there are two active wildfires in Arizona. Both the Skunk Fire and Barlow Fire are burning on reservation land northeast of Tucson. Neither of these fires are fully contained, and officials continue to monitor the blazes closely as firefighters work to suppress the danger.  

As average temperatures rise into June and dry weather continues until the monsoon becomes active in the state, fire danger becomes an ever-increasing threat. Even early monsoon storms can spark fires. These storms are generally moisture deprived with little to no rain falling to the ground, but lightning flashing downward, sparking fires in the dry desert brush. 

Recently Climate Central took a look back at Arizona's wildfire numbers from years past. And the news isn't good.  

According to Climate Central "The number of acres burning on federal land in Arizona each year is, on average, nearly 10 times more now than was typical in the 1970s; and the number of large wildfires is 5 times more than was typical in the 1970s."

  

And it is not just Arizona experiencing this rise in wildfire risk. Climate Central's Alyson Kenward analyzed the data for 11 western states and found the burn season is now an average of 75 days longer than it was 43 years ago. Plus, evidence shows the wildfire season is are starting earlier and becoming longer. 

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  • Crew shares bird's-eye video, Frye Fire nearly 30% contained

    Crew shares bird's-eye video, Frye Fire nearly 30% contained

    Saturday, June 24 2017 11:00 PM EDT2017-06-25 03:00:26 GMT
    Fire crews said the flames have burned in a mosaic pattern around the Heliograph Communication Site (Source: Frye Fire).Fire crews said the flames have burned in a mosaic pattern around the Heliograph Communication Site (Source: Frye Fire).

    Crews fighting the Frye Fire near Mount Graham have made progress battling the flames, according to an update from the incident management team. The fire, which has burned more than 29,000 acres, was sparked by a lightning strike on June 7.

    Crews fighting the Frye Fire near Mount Graham have made progress battling the flames, according to an update from the incident management team. The fire, which has burned more than 29,000 acres, was sparked by a lightning strike on June 7.

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    Ducey declares state of emergency because of wildfires

    Ducey declares state of emergency because of wildfires

    Friday, June 23 2017 6:52 PM EDT2017-06-23 22:52:01 GMT
    Doug DuceyDoug Ducey

    The state of emergency authorizes $200,000 of emergency funds and requests the State Emergency Council provide additional resources as needed to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.

    The state of emergency authorizes $200,000 of emergency funds and requests the State Emergency Council provide additional resources as needed to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.

  • FRYE FIRE: 10 percent contained, acreage grows to 29,424

    FRYE FIRE: 10 percent contained, acreage grows to 29,424

    Friday, June 23 2017 2:30 PM EDT2017-06-23 18:30:51 GMT

    The Frye Fire is burning in timber and brush, and heavy downed timber left behind by the Nuttall Complex Fire in 2004.

    The Frye Fire is burning in timber and brush, and heavy downed timber left behind by the Nuttall Complex Fire in 2004.

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