Arizona News

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Chandler fire captain dies after losing battle with cancer

The Chandler Fire Department is mourning the loss of one of their own. According to the department, Fire Captain Mark Boulanger passed away late Sunday night after a battle with lung cancer. Boulanger served the department and the Chandler community for 25 years. Many of Boulanger's colleagues also called him by his nickname "Bo." "Bo was involved in many aspects of Chandler Fire’s core mission. He was always a quiet, confident and strong leader who took pride in being extremely competent in each role he performed," the department said in a statement. Chandler fire officials added that Boulanger mentored new firefighters and paramedics as he "represented the highest level of what a firefighter should be." "Bo spent the majority of his career working at our busiest fire stations - a testament of his dedication to the community in which he worked," Chandler fire said on their Facebook page.

Phoenix firefighters return to home to repair door after responding to emergency call

First responders do whatever they can every day to help those in need. But a group of Phoenix firefighters went above the call of duty to assist an elderly patient. On Sunday night, Squad 44 from the Phoenix Fire Department returned to the home of a patient they assisted earlier that day. When they first arrived on scene, they had to force entry into the house in order to respond to an emergency call at the residence. As the day came to a close, the squad returned to the home with their personal tools to fix the patient’s door. Phoenix fire later tweeted out a photo of the crew working on the door. Just one of the many ways these first responders assist those in the community.

Plane crashes into Cottonwood residence

Authorities responded to a fire this morning at the 900 block of Tierra Verde Circle after an aircraft crashed into a residence, according to Cottonwood Police Sgt. Monica Kuhlt. Kuhlt stated in a news release that the single-engine Bonanza Beechcraft was on fire when authorities arrived. "The only occupant, a 70-year-old local male, self-extricated but suffered serious injury," she stated in the news release. "The patient was flown to Maricopa Burn Center for advanced medical care." Cottonwood Police and Fire, Verde Valley Fire District and Verde Valley Ambulance Company all responded to the scene. A neighbor, Mike Zemky, said he saw the plane crash.
Verde Independent

Update: Bodies of 4 men in ATV crash near Blue Ridge cliff recovered

The bodies of four men apparently killed in a fiery crash of an ATV that went over a northern Arizona cliff have been recovered, authorities said Monday. Coconino County Sheriff's officials said a 10-acre fire and rugged terrain made it difficult for rescuers to get to the site of Saturday's crash near Blue Ridge. The names of the victims were being withheld until relatives can be notified, according to sheriff's spokesman Jon Paxton. Authorities said all four men were from the Phoenix metro area and had been on a camping trip in the Payson area. The U.S. Forest Service reported a fire near a forest road Saturday afternoon shortly after the men were reported missing, Paxton said. He said authorities found ATV tracks near the road and the group apparently failed to negotiate a turn for an unknown reason and plunged 400 feet (122 meters) down a cliff.
Pinal Central

Despite predictions, Sedona fire smoke clears Tuesday

The Platypus and Rhino Fires are currently burning near northwest Sedona, causing plumes of smoke to creep in over Flagstaff leaving many residents to take shelter indoors through the weekend. The two separate fires recently merged into one blaze being referred to as the Platypus-Rhino Fire. The fire is burning west of State Route 89A on the forest border of Yavapai and Coconino County. The combined total from both fires has burned nearly 4,048 acres, according to the Coconino National Forest Service. Brienne Pettit, spokesperson for the Coconino National Forest Service, expects this smoke to last throughout the week. The current fire plan is to let the fire burn itself out within the containment area.
Arizona Daily Sun

Monday, September 17, 2018

4 missing after ATV crash over cliff sparks 10-acre wildfire near Payson

VIDEO: Four people are missing after an all-terrain vehicle fell off a cliff and sparked a wildfire in a remote area north of Payson, officials said Sunday afternoon. Jon Paxton, a spokesman for the Coconino County Sheriff's Office, said the fire started after the ATV veered off of Forest Road 300, careening about 400 feet down a cliff. "We believe that it's been down there for a while," Paxton said. Four people were reported overdue earlier in the day after they never returned from an ATV ride. Paxton said they were last seen in the area where the fire broke out. The fire had consumed approximately 10 acres of U.S. Forest Service land along the service road and the top of the Mogollon Rim by 6 p.m. Sunday.
Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix

Phoenix: Possible arson case being investigated in Maryvale neighborhood

VIDEO: Phoenix fire says they are looking into a possible case of arson in a Maryvale neighborhood. The act alleged act was caught on camera. "I was gone yesterday, what if it would have happened yesterday and it burned my fence then came in and burned my house," said Bill. Bill, a Maryvale resident who wanted to keep his identity private, showed us surveillance video from Sunday morning around six. "It was a little alarming lets put it that way," said Bill. A man is seen placing a couch in an alley behind his home near 57th Avenue and Pierson, then moments later lights it on fire. As the flames grow, the man comes back and adds two couch cushions that began burning out of control.
KNXV-TV Channel 15 ABC

Two dead, multiple injured in midtown Tucson crash

VIDEO: Local law enforcement officials said a second person has died as a result of Saturday's car crash at a midtown bus stop. Authorities have identified 75-year-old James Deshler as the driver of the car that was rear-ended near Grant Road and Alvernon Way. He passed away shortly after arriving at the hospital Saturday afternoon. TPD officials said one of the pedestrians who was hit at the bus stop, 65-year-old Gary Goodboy, died several hours later from his injuries. Two other pedestrians, a man and a woman, are still fighting for their lives in a local hospital. The driver of the car authorities say reportedly caused the crash sustained non-life threatening injuries.
KVOA-TV NBC 4 Tucson

Phoenix FD: 2-year-old boy dies after being pulled from pool

A 2-year-old boy has died after he was pulled from a pool in Phoenix on Sunday evening, firefighters say. Around 6:10 p.m. firefighters received a call reporting a drowning near 24th Street and Southern Avenue, according to the Phoenix Fire Department. The boy was pulled from a backyard pool by family members. The family began performing CPR on the boy, firefighters say. Fire crews took over treatment and transported the child to Maricopa County Hospital in extremely critical condition. The boy was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Prescott Fire Department Receives $83K Grant for Hazardous Fuels Reduction

The Prescott Fire Department has been approved for a grant in the amount of $82,674 to support the Mountain Club Hazardous Fuels Reduction project. The grant is administered by the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management. According to Prescott Fire Chief Dennis Light, City Fire Department Fuels staff submitted the Mountain Club grant request in May of 2018, for the 2018 Arizona Wildland Fire Hazardous Fuels Grant Program. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) anticipated providing funding assistance to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire management for mitigation of fire risk in Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) areas and for the protection of Arizona communities through reduction of hazardous forest and woodland fuels.
Prescott eNews

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