Arizona News

Monday, September 23, 2019

Fight brewing over northeast Mesa police-fire site

Mesa considers eight acres at Power and Brown roads the best site for a long-awaited police and fire facility targeted at reducing unacceptably long response times in northeast Mesa. After negotiations to buy the property went nowhere and the landowner spurned a $2.1 million offer, the Mesa City Council is scheduled to decide Monday whether to initiate eminent domain proceedings, if necessary, as “a matter of public necessity.’’ But attorney Paul Wetzel of Cornville was not happy to learn from the Tribune that his property had been selected and questioned why the city could not choose a smaller, cheaper site instead. “I don’t like to make a lot of waves,’’ Wetzel said, adding that he tries to get along with everyone. But in this case, he has conveyed the land as a gift to a non-profit, non-denominational Christian organization for another purpose.
East Valley Tribune

Crews battle fire at Phoenix apartment building

PHOTOS: Crews with the Phoenix Fire Department battled a blaze at an apartment building Friday night. The fire broke out at about 10:30 p.m. at the Casa Quieta apartments near 27th Avenue and Colter Street. When firefighters arrived on scene, they found fire coming from the roof of the apartment building. The building was found to be vacant. Crews were able to keep the fire from spreading to nearby apartment complexes. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Johnson Fire tops 200 acres, evacuations remain

The Johnson Fire, which is 8 miles south of Prescott, on the Bradshaw Ranger District of the Prescott National Forest, has burned approximately 200 acres and has zero containment. The cause is under investigation, forest officials said Monday morning. Sunday night the fire was active on the north end as it burned in heavy dead and down timber. Due to the terrain and remote location firefighters will focus Monday on road access into the fire area and will continue structure assessment and locate potential hazards like mine shafts in the fire area. Due to the location, values at risk, terrain and fuel loading, Gesser’s Type 2 Incident Management Team will take command of the Johnson Fire on Tuesday. Resources on the fire are: nine engines, two dozers, one Type 2 crew, two Type 3 helicopters, air attack aircraft and miscellaneous overhead personnel.
Daily Courier

Pallet fire threatened buildings near Cocopah Casino

PHOTOS: We have new details on and new photos of a fire that broke out Friday evening near the Cocopah Casino. Firefighters tell us the blaze started in a pallet yard near County 14th just east of Highway 95. Photos show just how close it burned to the corrals at nearby Saddles of Joy. Somerton Cocopah Fire and Rural Metro immediately moved to protect buildings. MCAS and City of Yuma firefighters provided backup. Crews worked into the night to douse all the flames and overhaul the scene. The Red Cross opened a cooling station at the Refinery Church for those displaced by the fire. Its volunteers also provided water to fire crews.

North Rim fire more active again due to winds, low moisture

An 8-week-old wildfire that for weeks had minimal growth and smoke is now more active in and near the Grand Canyon due to strong gusty winds and below-normal moisture. The fire burning on the national park and adjacent Kaibab (KYE'-bab) National Forest poses no danger to structures but forest spokeswoman Jacqueline Banks said Friday the fire's southwestern edge is again visible to visitors. Highway 67 and North Rim visitor facilities remain open but a temporary closure area on the North Rim is being expanded to include roads, trails and viewpoints in the Rainbow Rim Trail area. Banks said nearly all of the fire's recent growth has occurred below the canyon's rim. The fire has grown to 15 sq. miles (40 sq. kilometers) since being started July 25 by lightning.
KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson

Friday, September 20, 2019

Sun City fire stations get remodeled, repaired

A number of small projects aim to remodel and make repairs at the Sun City Fire and Medical department’s three stations. Station 131, 17017 N. 99th Ave., has a number of issues. Fire department officials are gathering bids for air conditioner replacement. They are also looking at replacing the tile floors. “They are very outdated and not the cleanest,” Fire Chief Ronald Deadman said. Officials are also looking to relocate exercise equipment for firefighters from the main bays to bay 9, an area that is now storage for equipment for trucks out of service. They are also still trying to dispose of several of those out of service vehicles that are stored in the back of Station 131. “If we can get them sold, we’ll have to just let them go for junk,” Chief Deadman said. Fire officials will also clean and paint inside Stations 1 and 2.
Sun Cities Independent

Mesa: Construction worker has life-threatening injuries after dump truck turns over

VIDEO: A construction worker has life-threatening injuries after the dump truck he was driving turned over Thursday afternoon. The man in his 30s was in the caged driver's compartment when the Komatsu heavy haul dump truck tipped over at a construction site in east Mesa at Higley Road and Longbow Parkway just after 3 p.m., firefighters said. The man was freed from the overturned truck and flown to a local trauma center, fire crews said. Police are investigating what caused the truck to flip over.

Abrazo West Campus hospital staff honors EMS heroes

Abrazo West Campus honored local Emergency Medical Services personnel for heroic work during its annual EMS Heroes awards luncheon on the hospital campus. “As a Level 1 Trauma Center, the Abrazo West Campus serves the West Valley and patients from as far away as the Arizona/California border,” said Abrazo West CEO Christina Oh. “It is absolutely our privilege to recognize the first responders who are on the front lines of medical emergencies in our community.” Award winners include: Goodyear Fire Department received the Community Action Award, which honors an Emergency Medical Service provider or individual active in providing EMS care, local public education or injury prevention training for the community.
Sun Cities Independent

Whiskey Fire now 20% contained

The 4,190-acre Whiskey Fire is now 20% contained. But the fire, burning about eight miles east of Turkey Butte Lookout is not expected to be fully contained until Oct. 16, according to an incident overview at InciWeb, an incident information system. Wednesday, fire managers on the Whiskey Fire used a helicopter to perform aerial ignitions to supplement the efforts of firefighters conducting hand ignition burnouts, according to a news release from the Coconino National Forest. Those efforts produced large volumes of smoke going northeast and a significant amount of smoke for the next several days. Utilizing a helicopter to conduct aerial burnout operations in remote and steep sections of the fire area reduces risk to firefighters working on the ground, the news release stated. “Ignitions are important to secure control lines and keep the fire within the predetermined containment area.”
Verde Independent

Winging it! No rescue too small for Avondale Fire & Medical crews

PHOTO: Firefighters do far more than fight fires. They also make time to save our loved ones, big and small. Crews at Avondale Fire & Medical found themselves freeing a tiny feathered friend Thursday who found himself stuck in a tight spot. An Avondale family brought their pet bird, Shadow, to Fire Station 174. The family had come home from vacation to find their beloved pet all tangled up and trapped in a heavy wire snack feeder. They had no idea how long Shadow had been trapped. Unable to free him, the family visited several vet offices, who told the family they were unable to help. But enter the Ladder 174 "B" Shift crew!

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