Arizona News

Friday, May 24, 2024

Three men honored with award for saving man from burning car in Peoria

VIDEO: The Peoria Fire-Medical Department honored three men with a ‘Life-Saving’ award on Wednesday afternoon. The fire department says two friends and a Goodyear Police detective stepped in to pull a man to safety after a crash on May 9. Multiple cars collided that night at the intersection of Grand Avenue and 91st Avenue. Peoria Fire Chief Gary Bernard said the men were courageous for stopping and helping people who were hurt. “The car was burnt to a crisp. Saved that life that day. Amazing jobs by this individuals,” Bernard said. “Courage is doing something when you are fearful. Fantastic job to all these folks.” Goodyear Police Det. Bengt Erickson said he was heading home after his shift. He heard the crash, stopped and got out to check on the people who were hurt. Peoria police say two people were seriously hurt.
KTVK-TV CBS 3 & KPHO-TV CBS 5 Phoenix (AZ Family)

Lightning sparks Chitty fire on Clifton Ranger District

The lightning caused Chitty fire, discovered on May 22, 2024, is located approximately one mile south of Forest Road 54 and one mile west of the Blue Vista overlook on Highway 191. The one-acre Chitty fire ignited in a pocket of unburned fuels within the East Eagle prescribed fire project area that was implemented between mid-April and early May, 2024. The Chitty fire is in steep, rugged, inaccessible terrain in a side drainage of Chitty Canyon. It will be monitored daily by firefighting personnel to ensure that it stays within the boundaries of the East Eagle prescribed fire project area. There are no threats to communities, infrastructure, or values at risk currently. To provide for public safety, visitors should use caution while recreating in the area. Smoke will be visible from Highway 191 and the Blue Vista overlook.
Arizona Emergency Information Network

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Pinebrooke Fire forces community to evacuate south of Florence

VIDEO: A wildfire forced people in a community south of Florence to evacuate on Wednesday. The Pinebrooke Fire is burning near Dogwood Road and Pinebrook Lane in the Cactus Forest area, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said. About an hour after they were told to evacuate, around 3:30 p.m., those who lived in the area were allowed to return to their homes. Officials said originally that a house fire led to the wildfire, but they backtracked and later said a house fire was involved, so it’s unclear what came first, the house fire or the brush fire. Fire crews said the fire has burned about 5 acres and is spreading northeast, burning through grass and brush. Just before 3 p.m., fire officials said forward progress has been stopped. One building was being threatened to the north of the fire.
KTVK-TV CBS 3 & KPHO-TV CBS 5 Phoenix (AZ Family)

Arizona residents and Forest Service work together to forge a tighter community

PHOTOS: Smoke rising from a forest is ominous. Often it is the first alarm of another wildfire sparked by lightning or carelessness; a wildfire that potentially could become catastrophic and deadly. On Aug. 16, 2023, the residents of Poderosa and Colcord Estates and neighboring towns on the Tonto National Forest Payson Ranger District felt that foreboding when they looked to the skies and saw rising smoke. That evening, smoke began wafting through ponderosa pine 11 miles northeast of Young, Arizona, and 27 miles east of Payson. The smoke’s source was the lightning-caused Valentine Fire. The Valentine Fire burned in a location and under specific weather conditions that allowed fire managers an opportunity.
Forest Service U.S. Department of Agriculture

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