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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Man dies from injuries suffered in human-caused Bowers Fire near Whetstone

VIDEO: A man died and his son was injured in the human-caused Bowers Fire near Whetstone. The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office said 81-year-old Neil Edward Hesse and his 52-year-old son were at their home near North Sanders and North Bowers roads. The two were using a grinder when sparks started the fire, according to the CCSO. “As the men attempted to contain the fire, both received serious burn and smoke injuries resulting in transport to Tucson hospitals for care,” the CCSO said in a release. Hesse died Tuesday morning at a local hospital. The CCSO also confirmed eyewitness reports that several propane tanks exploded during the fire. The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management said forward progress has been stopped and the fire burned nearly 30 acres.
KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson

Golder Ranch Fire District welcomes largest fire academy yet

Golder Ranch Fire District's biggest academy class yet is starting their training Monday. Over the course of 21 weeks recruits will prepare their bodies, study in the classroom and go through exercises that simulate real-world emergencies. Experienced teachers and firefighters will be there every step of the way to show the recruits the ropes. Golder Ranch Fire Chief Tom Brandhuber tells us this latest academy class "represents a significant investment in the future of our department and the safety of our community."
KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson

5-year-old fighting for his life after being pulled from pool by firefighters at Phoenix apartment complex

A 5-year-old boy is in the hospital fighting for his life after being pulled from a pool at a Phoenix apartment complex on Monday evening. Around 6:30 p.m., firefighters were called to an apartment complex near 35th Avenue and Indian School Road. Crews arrived and found the boy who had been taken out of the water. He was unconscious and not breathing. Phoenix Fire said the boy was given CPR before they arrived. He was taken to the hospital in extremely critical condition. Phoenix police are investigating and said that as of noon Tuesday, the child’s condition has not changed. No arrests have been made.
KTVK-TV CBS 3 & KPHO-TV CBS 5 Phoenix (AZ Family)

New Flagstaff Area Type 3 Wildfire Incident Management Team Activated

The Flagstaff area has a new Type 3 wildfire incident management team. The new team is led by incident commander Andy Patterson and deputy incident commander Jesse Causer. This is the first year both Patterson and Causer are incident commanders. The team will be made up a core of 20-30 firefighters and will be able to pull from a pool of about 100 people. The majority of the team is made up from people in the area. The team was activated Monday and is ready to respond if a wildfire were to start and grow. Labelling of teams will change starting this year. Once known as Type 1 and Type 2 fire incident management teams, they will now be called CIMT or Complex Incident Management Teams. These groups will be made up of both Type 1 and Type 2 teams. Instead of three Type 1 teams, there will be six CIMT teams in the region.
Great Circle Media

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Evacuation order to remain in place for Whetstone fire

VIDEOS: The Whetstone Fire Department released new information about a fire in Whetstone that caused evacuations near Sanders and Bowers roads late Monday. Whetstone Fire Chief Sam Foster says the fire has destroyed three houses and several outbuildings so far. He said two people have been hurt. One person suffered smoke inhalation and the other suffered burns. Both victims were trying to save their homes. Whetstone Fire says the fire is about 20% contained as of this morning and crews from several agencies will continue fire suppression efforts today. The fire chief says the fire got out of control Monday night due to strong winds and the amount of fuel such as high grass and cottonwoods. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Whetstone Fire says residents should expect evacuation orders to remain in place today.
KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson

4 people displaced after house fire in Phoenix

Four people are displaced after their home caught fire on Saturday afternoon. Around 3:15 p.m., firefighters from Phoenix and Glendale were called to a house fire with heavy smoke and flames near 51st Avenue and Thunderbird Road. Crews arrived on the scene and quickly extinguished the blaze, preventing it from spreading further into the home. Phoenix Fire says that all residents had exited the house before the fire department arrived. No injuries were reported, and the displaced residents will receive help from the Community Assistance Program. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire.
KTVK-TV CBS 3 & KPHO-TV CBS 5 Phoenix (AZ Family)

Fire bans for Phoenix and Maricopa County parks go into effect on May 1

The city of Phoenix and Maricopa County will initiate an annual fire ban for parks and mountain preserves beginning next month. The dual bans on open fires will go into effect on May 1. “While this year’s wildflower season was rather low-key, our team has noticed a significant amount of new vegetation growth within the parks from the spring showers. As the temperatures rise, this vegetation will dry out and quickly become an ideal source for wildfire ignition,” R.J. Cardin, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department director, said in a press release. “Implementing a fire ban limits the possibility of starting a brush fire, which could cause severe damage to park resources, threaten park visitor safety and pose a danger to nearby homes.”
KTAR-FM 92.3 Glendale

How Gilbert first responders trained extensively to help those with autism

VIDEO: After extensive training, Gilbert Fire & Rescue and the police department have become certified autism centers. Some families can be fearful when they have to call 9-1-1 as it can sometimes escalate a situation if a loved one has autism. But, that’s not what a family experienced when they called Gilbert Fire & Rescue. One Gilbert family witnessed the training's impact. Meet five-year-old Tucker Merriman. The little boy loves cars and playing in the sand. For Tucker’s mom, Sophia, their lives are changing every day, like any mom, but some days look different for Tucker as he's on the autism spectrum. "We miss out on birthday parties and things like that just because the crowd or the singing might be overwhelming to him. I think sometimes people don't realize that," Sophia Merriman said.
KSAZ-TV FOX 10 Phoenix

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