Arizona News

Friday, August 14, 2020

Fire at abandoned taco shop in downtown Phoenix under investigation

VIDEO: A small abandoned taco shop in downtown Phoenix caught fire early this morning, sending up a smoke plume that was visible for miles. The Phoenix Fire Department shared photos that showed the roof of the building in flames. Firefighters were called out to the area of Seventh and Roosevelt streets shortly after 5 a.m. Friday. It’s not clear how long Tacos de Juarez has been closed, but there is a fence around the property. “Because this is an abandoned structure, this is a [defensive] operation,” Capt. Rob McDade of the Phoenix Fire Department said. Fire investigators are on their way to the scene to determine how the fire started.

Tucson: Two displaced by fire at east-side condo

PHOTOS: Two people were displaced from their home because of a fire at an east-side condo early on Friday morning, Aug. 14. According to the Tucson Fire Department, firefighters were able to contain the fire to the exterior and patio. After the fire, firefighters fixed a smoke alarm that had been dismantled. No further information was immediately available.
KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson

Three people killed in crash in central Phoenix, I-17 reopens

PHOTO: Three people are dead and two others are hurt after an SUV driver crashed into a trailer on Interstate 17 in central Phoenix on Thursday. It all started around 6 p.m. when a pickup truck pulling a trailer stopped in the HOV lane on the southbound side just south of Dunlap Avenue because there was a problem with the trailer, according to Capt. Jesse Galvez with the Department of Public Safety. Five people in the truck got out to see what was wrong. As they were between the trailer and the truck, an SUV driver slammed into the trailer, Galvez said. Three people died at the scene. One person was critically hurt and was rushed to the hospital. The fifth person wasn't hurt. The SUV driver was taken to the hospital with critical injuries, Galvez said. I-17 was closed in both directions after the crash. The northbound lanes reopened around 6:30 p.m. The southbound lanes reopened just before 9:30 p.m.

An archive of heroes: Photographer Eric Retterbush remembers COVID-19 in tintypes

Eric Retterbush has never liked taking photos of people. The practice feels invasive and risks overlooking the beauty of, say, a wheelbarrow or a particularly striking façade, he says. It also teeters on voyeurism. How many in the throng of a bustling Burmese market—one of the countries he works in as a travel guide (his day job)—have been photographed without their permission? Wasn’t it Honoré de Balzac who said all physical bodies were made of ghostlike images, “an infinite number of leaflike skins laid one on top of the other,” and repeated exposure to a camera stripped these—that is, the very essence of life—off? No—street photography, candid portraiture, a shot of someone who doesn’t know you—it was never Retterbush’s pull. And yet, for the past four months, it has been people who are the subject of Retterbush’s photos.
Arizona Daily Sun

Klaus Fire Burns in Cochise County

The Klaus Fire in Cochise County, located on Aug. 10 at the Douglas Ranger District on the Coronado National Forest, transitioned from a Type 4 Incident to Type 3 today- meaning more resources to extinguish the fire will be put into effect. The Klaus Fire is moving through grass and vegetation in a steep rugged area. Firefighters are using full suppression tactics to slow the fire spread and go direct when they can do it safely. The fire is currently creeping through drainage and ridge tops and growing towards the north end. A helicopter is providing air visuals and will assist with water bucket drops, if needed. Fire crews are also available to assist new fires. The assigned resources for the operation now include two crews, four engines, two dozers, one type 3 helicopter and miscellaneous overhead. Rain is not expected. The forecast for the area shows mostly sunny skies with partial cloud coverage for the afternoon. Winds are expected at 15-20 mph.
KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Wildfires have burned more acres in Arizona in 2020 than in 2018, 2019 combined

PHOTO: Arizona wildfires have burned more acres of land this year than what burned in 2018 and 2019 combined, according to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management. More than 700,000 acres have been scorched by the 1,669 fires the state has seen so far, 87% of which were human-caused, the department said. The number is the highest amount of acres burned per year compared to the last five years. Both humans and mother nature seem to be at blame for the large amount of land burned, according to the department's Public Information Officer Tiffany Davila. The heightened amount of dry foliage due to the intense heat the state has experienced definitely helped set the stage for the disastrous spread of fire. "The moisture from 2018 coupled with the moisture from 2019 increased the fire fuel across the central portion of the state and down through southern Arizona," Davila said.
KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix

Prescott Fire, CAFMA to impose Stage 1 fire restrictions on Quad Cities

As the lackluster monsoon rain season drags on, officials with the Prescott Fire Department and Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (CAFMA) said this week that they will impose Stage 1 fire restrictions on the Quad Cities starting at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 14. The restrictions cover the 42 square miles that comprise Prescott as well as the total of 365 square miles that comprise Prescott Valley, Dewey-Humboldt, Chino Valley and Paulden, fire officials stated in an Aug. 11 news release. CAFMA officials added that the fire restrictions also apply to the areas that surround Prescott, including Williamson Valley, upper Copper Basin Road, the Mountain Club area, and Ponderosa Park off of White Spar Road. Other spots under these fire restrictions include the area on Senator Highway that covers Karen Drive, Sweet Acres and Oak Knoll Village, as well as the Government Canyon and Diamond Valley areas south of Prescott, fire officials stated.
Daily Courier

Arizona Fire Officials focusing on Wildland Firefighters’ Mental Health

Arizona has had a busy wildfire season so far, with three fires already cracking the list of top 12 biggest in state history, by acreage burned. As wildland firefighters battle fires here and elsewhere across the country, there’s an increased emphasis on their mental health. The Show spoke with Don Weaver, the state fire planner for the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, to learn about the conditions that contribute to mental health issues for wildland firefighters.
KJZZ-FM 91.5

Arizona reports 148 new known COVID-19 deaths as other trends continue to moderate

Arizona reported 148 new known COVID-19 deaths and 706 new cases on Wednesday, while hospital visits and hospitalizations for the disease continue gradual downward trends. Inpatient hospitalizations and ICU beds in use hovered around Monday's levels on Tuesday, but seem to be continuing general downward trends over the past month, according to hospital data reported to the state. Identified cases rose to 189,443 and known deaths totaled 4,347, according to the daily report by the Arizona Department of Health Services. The 148 new known deaths reported on Wednesday represent the new deaths identified by the Arizona Department of Health Services that day, but many occurred days and weeks prior. The most deaths reported in one day so far was 172 new known deaths on July 30; Wednesday is the second highest daily report. Given recent slow test result turnaround times, new daily reported cases often represent cases that occurred days and weeks prior.
Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix

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