Arizona News

Monday, July 22, 2024

Circle Fire burns 2,800 acres southwest of Kearny

Fire crews are in Pinal County battling the Circle Fire, which is burning southwest of the town of Kearny, according to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management. DFFM said the Circle Fire has burned 2,800 acres in an area 14 miles southwest of Kearny near the base of Antelope Peak. The fire is burning in grass and brush northeast of the Freeman Fire, which burned last week and is now 100% contained. On Saturday, crews were able to secure the south edge of the fire, which is at the base of Antelope Peak. Gusty, erratic winds that reached as high as 50 miles per hour on Saturday night caused the flames to change direction and turn 180 degrees and move east. Two bulldozers then worked on the east side of the fire to widen a two-track road and begin to establish a containment line.

Lightning strike likely to blame for fire on South Mountain in Phoenix

VIDEO/PHOTO: Fire officials said a lightning strike likely caused a brush fire that burned on South Mountain late Saturday. Firefighters were called out around 9:30 p.m. to reports of a small brush fire on the mountain. Fire crews then arrived to find flames near television antennas. At least one television station reported that the fire put them off the air temporarily late Saturday night. Phoenix Fire spokesperson Capt. Shaun DuBois said that crews were able to keep the flames away from the antennas, but details on other possible damage weren’t released. No injuries were reported. The fire remains under investigation.
KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson

Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department Hosts Promotion Ceremony

The Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department (QCFMD) hosted a promotion ceremony for employees promoted since July 1, 2023. In the last fiscal year, 25 employees were promoted. “This ceremonial promotional ceremony recognizes the dedication and commitment of our membership,” shared QCFMD Chief Vance Gray. “Many of these individuals were officially promoted months ago, serving our community with compassion in a new role for months before being recognized. This selfless service is what the Queen Creek Fire & Medical Department stands for – keeping the community and one another safe. Thank you for continuing to serve the Queen Creek community – I am incredibly proud to lead this outstanding department.”
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Friday, July 19, 2024

Semi-truck burns on Interstate 10 in Phoenix

VIDEOS/PHOTOS: A semi-truck fire caused a road closure on both directions of Interstate 10 near Baseline Road on Thursday afternoon. The fire started around 1:45 p.m and jammed all the way back to the Broadway Curve. Westbound traffic lanes have reopened since the start of the fire. The far left eastbound lanes reopened around 2:45 p.m. Motorists were exiting at Interstate at US 60 to avoid the backup. ADOT officials said that no one was injured in the crash. ADOT cameras picked up visuals of the semi-truck burning panel-by-panel as firefighters positioned themselves to douse the truck and stop the flames. It was not clear what started the fire or what was burning inside the truck. It was the second semi-truck fire in 20 hours after a Fedex truck burst into flames last night on Interstate 10 in the west Valley.
KSAZ-TV FOX 10 Phoenix

How the San Carlos Apache Tribe and U.S. Forest Service are working together to reduce wildfires

The Watch Fire scorched 2,162 acres across the San Carlos Apache Reservation, before it has since been fully contained. This destructive force of nature prompted the tribe to declare a state of emergency last week. It’s considered to be the tribe’s worst fire in three decades, destroying at least 36 structures, including 21 homes. FEMA is assessing damages now. Gov. Katie Hobbs traveled to the 1.8 million-acre reservation, on Thursday, to brief with San Carlos Apache Tribal Chairman Terry Rambler, San Carlos Apache Tribal Chief of Police Elliot Sneezy, State Forester Tom Torres and Arizona Division of Emergency Management Director Gabe Levine. This is the latest reminder of what a bad fire looks like in Arizona. It’s also a reason why this tribe and the U.S. Forest Service have been trying to reduce the frequency of these wildfires by working together.
KJZZ-FM 91.5 Phoenix

5 garbage trucks damaged in a Phoenix fire, no injuries reported

Five garbage trucks were damaged in a fire in Phoenix on July 18. Firefighters used extended hose lines and ladder trucks to prevent the flames from spreading, according to a release. The fire happened in a parking lot near the intersection of 43rd Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road. No injuries were reported in the incident. An investigation is underway. According to the website Truckpaper, used garbage trucks are listed from anywhere between $40,000 to $119,000. The release says that the damaged trucks ran on natural gas. In 2019, the city of Phoenix Public Works Department received a grant to replace nine diesel-fueled garbage trucks with trucks fueled by compressed natural gas. That grant was worth $2.1 million.
KSAZ-TV FOX 10 Phoenix

Service restored at Phoenix 911 dispatch center as global tech outage affects local agencies

As numerous global services wrestle with the impacts of a global technology outage, several local organizations are feeling the effects too. The Phoenix Police Department’s computerized 911 dispatch center was affected by the widespread outage that started late Thursday night and continued into Friday morning. Service to the 911 dispatch center were restored just before 6 a.m. on Friday. A police spokesperson said during the outage, those who were in need of emergency assistance were still able to call 911, and call center employees were able to manually dispatch first responders. The City of Phoenix said Metro bus service is continuing, but riders may see issues with systems including trip planning and live vehicle data.
KTVK-TV CBS 3 & KPHO-TV CBS 5 Phoenix (AZ Family)

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