Arizona News

Friday, July 21, 2017

Phoenix firefighters use hydrant mapping system to fight blazes

VIDEO: A mobile home fire that broke out Thursday morning at Central and Roeser was challenging for fire crews because the nearest fire hydrant was outside the park. Crews use a special mapping system to detect hydrants and find the best way to reach them. One mobile home caught fire and the flames spread to another, pushing eight people out of their homes. As a fire truck pulls out of the station, crews are pulling up their special mapping system on their computer to locate the nearest hydrant and make a plan to reach it.
KNXV-TV Channel 15 ABC

Accounts behind non-existent Sahuarita Heights Volunteer Fire Department make false claims

VIDEO: People claiming to start a new fire department are making false statements online. Fund-raising sites for “Sahuarita Heights Volunteer Fire Department” have been removed from the internet. One of the Facebook users connected to the department made a false claim against a current Rural/ Metro firefighter. He named the firefighter and said he started the Goodwin Fire in Northern Arizona. The cause of that fire is under investigation.
KVOA-TV NBC 4 Tucson

Bladder system important for fighting fires

Water retrieved from Rim lakes by helicopters was a big factor in fighting the recent Highline Fire, which means the “bladders” strategically placed throughout the forest by Gila County did not play much of a role. However, in a June 23 press release, Tonto National Forest Payson District Ranger Debbie Cress thanked multiple agencies, including Gila County, for working together to suppress the Highline Fire. “We are appreciative of the Type 1 team’s support and thank them for their successful efforts on the Highline Fire,” Cress said.
Payson Roundup

Boy, 2, in critical condition after found floating in Tucson pool

A 2-year-old boy was in critical condition Thursday night after he was found by his parents floating in a pool on Tucson's northwest side. Paramedics of the Northwest Fire District were dispatched shortly after 6:30 p.m. July 20 to the 4300 block of West Rae Circle, said Capt. Brian Keeley, a fire district spokesman. The neighborhood is north of West Ina Road and west of North Oldfather Road. Paramedics found the child in cardiac arrest with CPR being performed by a parent. The child was rushed to a hospital, said Keeley.
Tucson Arizona Daily Star

Small wildfire burning in Rincon Mountains east of Tucson

A small, lightning sparked fire is burning in the Rincon Mountains east of Tucson. The fire was spotted around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday burning two miles northeast of Spud Rock, according to a news release from the Saguaro National Park. Its current size is about 1 acre. Firefighters are monitoring the fire and will take action as needed, the park said. The fire is burning in the Saguaro Wilderness at about 8,400 feet. It is burning in steep and rugged terrain. The area most recently burned in the 2003 Helen's 2 Fire, the park said.
Tucson Arizona Daily Star

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Northwest Fire to use drones in critical missions

VIDEO: Local fire districts are looking to hit the skies to help in critical rescue and fire operations. The Northwest Fire District just purchased its first drone, and is planning to launch it in coming months. It will help provide a visual aid for firefighters that could keep them safe. “When you send firefighters into a building, one of our biggest concerns is that the roof is stable, hasn't been compromised, and isn't going to collapse in on them,” explained Captain Brian Keeley. “So to be able to get an aerial view where we can see that structure, that's going to be a big aid to us.”
KVOA-TV NBC 4 Tucson

First trailer for movie about Yarnell Fire hotshot crew is released

The first official trailer for the movie "Only the Brave," about the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew that died in the Yarnell Hill Fire, has been released. The Sony Pictures movie is scheduled to be released Oct. 20. It stars Josh Brolin, Jeff Bridges, Miles Teller and Jennifer Connelly. Nineteen members of the elite firefighting team died in the June 2013 wildfire when winds shifted and trapped them in a brush-choked canyon near Prescott. Filming took place in and around Santa Fe, New Mexico, according to media reports.
Tucson Arizona Daily Star

Family safely escapes mobile home fire in Phoenix

VIDEO: A woman woke up to the smell of smoke inside her mobile home near Second Avenue and Cody Drive in south Phoenix Thursday morning and was able to get her three kids out safely. The woman told Phoenix fire crews that her neighbors used a garden hose to try to extinguish the flames before firefighters arrived on scene. The fire spread to a neighboring mobile home but crews were able to put fight the flames at both homes simultaneously and extinguish the fire before it reached any other homes.

Fife Fire burning in the Chiricahuas

As of press time, the Fife Fire has reached 85-percent containment. “Firefighters had help from mother nature and thanks to significant rainfall in the area, the Fife Fire is getting closer to containment,” according to Tiffany Davila, with the Arizona State Forestry Division. “The fire activity is settling down and continues to smolder through dry, desert vegetation 15 miles northeast of Sunizona and just west of the Chiricahua National Monument.”
Arizona Range News

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