Arizona News

Monday, June 24, 2019

Red Cross: 17 displaced after Phoenix apartment fire

Seventeen people are displaced due to a late night fire that occurred at an apartment building in Phoenix Saturday night, the American Red Cross reported Sunday morning. According to the Phoenix Fire Department, crews went to an apartment building in the area of 32nd Street and and Peoria Avenue around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday night after reports of smoke coming from it. When firefighters arrived, they met with heavy smoke and flames coming from a window and door of a second-floor apartment. Due to the size of the building, the fire was upgraded to a first alarm. Fire crews immediately started extinguishing the fire and looking for any needing rescue. The fire was successfully extinguished without it spreading to the remainder of the building. The smoke and fire damage has displaced residents from four units.

Firefighters find woman dead in Phoenix home after house fire

An adult woman was found dead in a bedroom of a Phoenix home that caught fire late Sunday night, firefighters say. According to Phoenix Fire, firefighters were dispatched to the area of 59th Avenue and Cheery Lynn Road for reports of smoke just before midnight. Firefighters checked a neighborhood and found a house fire. Firefighters put out the fire in a bedroom of the home but found an adult woman dead. Phoenix Fire says smoke detectors in the home were operating and the fire is under investigation.
KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix

Three-year-old in extremely critical condition after a reported drowning in Phoenix

A 3-year-old boy is in extremely critical condition after a reported drowning near 13th Avenue and Union Hills Drive, according to the Phoenix Fire Department. The drowning was reported at 8:54 a.m. and firefighters arrived on the scene within 3-4 minutes, treated the child and transported the boy to a hospital, Phoenix Fire said. How the drowning happened is unclear at this time.
KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix

Woodbury Fire near Superior has burned about 113,000 acres

A human-caused wildfire burning for more than two weeks in a national forest east of metro Phoenix grew to 150 square miles over the weekend. Fire officials say the Woodbury Fire grew by nearly 22 square miles from Saturday into Sunday. That's after about a 25 square mile increase from Friday night into Saturday. As of Monday morning, the fire has burned 112,899 acres. A fire spokeswoman says containment has slipped from 34 percent to 24 percent because of the acreage increases. Woodbury Fire spokeswoman Pamela Mathis says most new fire growth is occurring within the fire lines that containment crews have created. “But it's important for people to understand that a lot of that is interior burning so the parameter grew a little bit but most of that extra acreage is what burned inside the already existing parameter.”
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Brush fire that closed State Route 87 between Phoenix and Payson fully contained

VIDEO: A small brush fire that forced the closure of both directions of the State Route 87 between Phoenix and Payson on Saturday was fully contained on Sunday, officials said. Tonto National Forest officials said firefighters overnight were able to contain the Slate Fire at 226 acres. The fire caused traffic delays on SR 87, even after both directions were reopened by 9 p.m. Saturday. The cause of the fire, which the Arizona Department of Public Safety said started as a vehicle fire, is under investigation. No injuries have been reported.
KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix

Friday, June 21, 2019

Green Valley fire crews respond to Amado fire

PHOTOS: Green Valley Fire District and Elephant Head Fire have redirected the airport fire but have not contained it yet. Earlier today, the first responders arrived at the scene and began trying to stop it from spreading to the surrounding structures that were believed to be in danger. The flames, now heading Northeast, span about eight to ten acres and and have not consumed any structures as of yet. Additional preventative measures are being taken given the high winds for today, and several other fire crews have been called in to help. Residents just north of the scene have been notified of the blaze, and drivers are strongly encouraged to keep an eye out for emergency vehicles on the I-19 as the smoke may reduce visibility.
KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson

Woodbury Fire surpasses 65,000 acres, now 42% contained

VIDEO: The Woodbury Fire burning in the Superstition Wilderness has burned more than 65,000 acres since it sparked on June 8. Tonto National Forest officials said an overnight infrared flight measured the fire at 65,903 acres. The fire is now 42% contained as of Friday morning. Fire officials say the fire is at Black Mountain, about seven miles from the Roosevelt area. Residents of the Roosevelt and Roosevelt Lake area received an evacuation alert Thursday afternoon asking them to leave the area immediately. A temporary shelter for those residents has been set up at Lee Kornegay School. There are 1,100 firefighters working to combat the fire with 21 different crews, according to officials.
KPNX - TV NBC 12 Phoenix

After customer death, CorpComm prohibits summer shutoffs in Arizona

Arizona Corporation Commissioners on Thursday voted unanimously to prohibit power companies from disconnecting electricity to residential customers during the scorching weeks of June 1 through October 15. The new rule, slated to take effect Friday, is a temporary one, prompted by news of a death due to utility shutoff. The changes came about as part of an emergency rule-making process, and will be effective for 180 days. The temporary rule addresses just one aspect of a much broader set of issues that the CorpComm faces, as a taut exchange between two commissioners showed on Thursday. Before the 180-day period is up, the CorpComm is supposed to take up a formal rule-making process. Commissioners referenced the upcoming work multiple times during their open meeting, frequently punting on thornier questions and saving public comments for a later date.
Phoenix New Times

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