Fire on the Mountain

Last June, 19 firefighters lost their lives trying to control a blaze near Yarnell, Arizona—the highest death toll for firefighters battling a wildfire in this country since 1933. What went wrong? Is it time to reconsider our approach to fighting fire?

Brian Mockenhaupt

Photographs by Brian L. Frank

May 21, 2014

 

http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/05/fire-on-the-mountain/361613/

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Apache County Fire Restrictions

Apache County Enters Stage 2 Fire Restrictions Posted on May 23, 2014 by BParks

Due to extremely high fire risk, effective May 23, 2014 at 8:00 a.m., all unincorporated areas of Apache County will be placed under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Under Stage 2 restrictions, the following prohibitions and exemptions apply:

Prohibitions: The following acts . . . → Read More: Apache County Fire Restrictions

Stage II Fire Restrictions

Stage II Fire Restrictions coming this Friday May 23rd Posted on May 21, 2014 by CatRoe

This coming Friday, May 23,2014, at 8:00 am, both Apache and Navajo counties will enter into Stage 2 fire restrictions. This means no campfires, charcoal, coal, or wood stoves including fires in developed campgrounds or improved sites. Smoking . . . → Read More: Stage II Fire Restrictions

Become a wilderness steward

The White Mountain Conservation League (WMCL) is very pleased to invite our members to become official Wilderness Stewards for wilderness areas on the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest. This opportunity is available through our special partnership with the Arizona Wilderness Coalition which developed and manages this statewide program. Stewards will participate in a one day training . . . → Read More: Become a wilderness steward

More and Bigger Wildfires

More, bigger wildfires burning western US over last 30 years Date: April 17, 2014 Source: American Geophysical Union Summary: Wildfires across the western United States have been getting bigger and more frequent over the last 30 years. The total area these fires burned increased at a rate of nearly 90,000 acres a year — an . . . → Read More: More and Bigger Wildfires

Wildfire Preparedness Meeting

Wildfire Information and Preparedness Meeting for Apache County Residents April 29

Release Date: Apr 18, 2014

Contact(s): Liza Simmons 928-333-4301

 

Springerville, AZ; April 11, 2014—Local fire departments, the U.S Forest Service, Emergency Preparedness, Public Health, ADEQ and managers of the Hazardous Fuels Reduction Grant Program will present wildfire information and preparedness at the Eagar . . . → Read More: Wildfire Preparedness Meeting

National Trails Day

Walk for the Woods in Pinetop-Lakeside will be held on National Trails Day, June 7. It’s a benefit for the White Mountain Nature Center and for Save Our Park, both non-profits. It will be held at the Nature Center off of Woodland Road and registration for the walks begins at 7:30 am. At 8:00 there . . . → Read More: National Trails Day

Why homes are lost to wildfire

This Forest Service expert says it’s as much a sociopolitical problem as it is physical.

News – April 04, 2014 by Melissa Mylchreest

Each year, wildfires claim hundreds of homes throughout the West in what’s known as the wildland-urban interface. This issue roars into the national spotlight every summer as footage of engulfed subdivisions . . . → Read More: Why homes are lost to wildfire

WILLIAMS VALLEY NON MOTORIZED AREA

The Alpine Alliance and the White Mountain Conservation League (WMCL) are having a meeting with Eric Flood – Recreation Coordinator for the Alpine District of the Apache Sitgreaves National Forests regarding the Williams Valley Non-Motorized Area.

WHEN: April 10, Thursday @ 1:00 PM WHERE: Alpine Ranger Station PURPOSE: To discuss the trails and winter access . . . → Read More: WILLIAMS VALLEY NON MOTORIZED AREA

Doggone Wild

If you’re someone whose wilderness experience is enriched by having a four footed companion at your side, we want you to enter our 2014 Doggone Wild photo contest. Submit a photo of your pooch enjoying Arizona’s great outdoors, and help us celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act! Entering (and voting!) is free and . . . → Read More: Doggone Wild