Arizona News

Friday, March 22, 2019

Truck fire ignites brush, north SR-90 traffic rerouted in Cochise County

A truckload of recyclables caught fire Thursday resulting in a reroute of northbound State Route 90 traffic and triggered a multi-agency response. There were no injuries in the one-vehicle mishap, an Arizona Dept. of Public Safety patrolman on scene said. Dry vegetation and brush quickly caught fire. Fueled by easterly winds and enough consumption-ready fuel, authorities estimated some 20 acres had been burned east of the highway shortly after the incident that was reported just before 12:30 p.m., with that figure expected to increase. It was unclear what started the fire and too early in the incident for particular details, investigators on scene said. Officers did say the driver was able to stop and exit the truck at the first hint of smoke from the trailer, where the fire started.
San Pedro Valley News-Sun

Increased fires in Yuma County caused by dirty extractor fans at home

VIDEO: At least six home fires have been sparked since 2018 in Yuma County, all from residents not cleaning the lint that accumulates inside extractor fans at home. Chief of Somerton Fire Department, Paul De Anda, said that these incidents can be easily prevented, but unfortunately, it's something residents don't even think about until it's too late. “People don’t see all the small lint and dust, but every time you turn on the switch in the bathroom that fan is constantly drawing them out," said Chief De Anda. The lint is then what accumulates around the motor that operates the fan causing even more damage. “If you don’t take it off every now and then and clean it off eventually that lint can light up, it will light up the aluminize tubing that’s in there and that's what sparks the fire," said Chief De Anda.
KSWT-TV News 13

Thursday, March 21, 2019

New app aims to inform public on all things fire in Flagstaff

Late April through early July signals high fire danger in Flagstaff as temperatures climb and moisture becomes scarce; it's these months that put officials and public alike on alert as they wait for monsoon season to replenish forests and watersheds. With this dry time of year just around the corner, the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management has released a mobile phone app intended as a one-stop shop for information on all things fire in Arizona. Arizona Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal (AZ-WRAP) went live in early March and is available on both Apple and Android devices. Its features include wildfire alerts as well as prescribed burn, closure and evacuation notifications, ways to report unsanctioned campfires and a forum that allows users to send questions to foresters, fire marshals and dispatch.
Arizona Daily Sun

Bullhead City firefighters extinguish fire on Coronado Drive

PHOTO: Bullhead City firefighters worked quickly to prevent the spread of a structure fire in the 1700 block of Coronado Drive on Tuesday night. According to the Bullhead City Fire Department, units responded around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a residential fire. Advised by dispatch that the occupants of the home still might be inside, the crew of Engine 761 evaluated the scene and determined that the single-side mobile home had been evacuated. Firefighters then turned efforts to limiting the scope of the fire, extinguishing the flames and entering the structure to look for any extensions. The fire remains under investigation, although reports indicate that it appears to have begun in a shed to the right of the home’s front door and porch area, then extended to involve the residence itself.
Mohave Valley Daily News

Hiker rescued from Saguaro National Park after heat-related illness call

One person was taken to the hospital following a heat-related illness call on Wednesday. Rural Metro Fire says it got a call to the Tanque Verde Ridge trail head in Saguaro National Park East. Firefighters had to hike about one mile to the patient with a heat-related illness. The patient was flown out of the wilderness area to a paramedic unit that then went to the hospital. Rural Metro says the Pima County Sheriff's Department and the Southern Arizona Rescue Association also assisted in the rescue. With warmer temperatures expected, hikers need to remember to stay hydrated and plan hikes during the cooler parts of the day.
KGUN-TV ABC 9 Tucson

Team of Firefighters among "March of the Fallen" held in Buckeye to remember heroes who passed

PHOTOS: Participants in the March of the Fallen ruck march climb a hill in Buckeye, Ariz., March 16, 2019. Attendees rucked 4.5 miles to honor fallen troops and to give back to the community, by filling their bags with canned foods that were donated to a local food bank. Firefighters from the 56th Civil Engineer Squadron were one of a few teams to participate in a six-person litter team competition as part of the March of the Fallen memorial event in Buckeye, Ariz., March 16, 2019. The team carried 150 pounds collectively while each member carried a ruck with 45 pounds worth of canned goods a total of 4.5 miles. More than 100 individuals marched in the event and at the end of the ruck the canned goods were donated to a local food bank. A dog sits at the March of the Fallen ruck march while wearing an event t-shirt in Buckeye, Ariz., March 16, 2019.
Aerotech News

Woman hospitalized after vehicle rolls over in Yuma

Photo: One woman was hospitalized after her vehicle rolled over at Avenue 11E and South Frontage Road Wednesday afternoon. According to Rural Metro Fire Department, firefighters arrived at the scene and safely extricated the woman from her vehicle. The woman suffered moderate injuries and was soon transported to a local hospital, authorities added. It is not clear at this point what caused the rollover.

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