Newsmaker Saturday: Will Humble & Andy Bertelsen

This week on Newsmaker Saturday, we speak with Will Humble about the new Delta variant of COVID-19. We also check in with Flagstaff Public Works Director, Andy Bertelsen, about the cleanup efforts following flooding in the area.

Forests in Arizona lifting, reducing some fire restrictions

Forests announcing changes effective July 16 included Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino, Kaibab Prescott and Tonto. Some of those forests said they still have closures and restrictions in effect in some areas due to active wildfires and other circumstances.

Fear of wildfires forces forest closures across Arizona

Options for finding respite from the heat will be slim now that all but one of Arizona's national forests are enacting broad shutdowns amid high fire danger and as firefighting resources run thin with blazes already burning across the state.

Slate Fire burning near Flagstaff now 17% contained

The Slate Fire burning northwest of Flagstaff grew again overnight, but it is now 17% contained. Windy conditions contributed to the growth of the fire, which has now burned more than 6,000 acres. Highway 180 remains closed between mileposts 235 and 248 because of the fire.

Slate Fire burning near Flagstaff grows to 5,000 acres

The Slate Fire which is burning northwest of Flagstaff has grown to 5,000 acres with zero containment. The fire sparked on Monday and crews are currently battling flames on the west side of Highway 180 in the Kaibab National Forest.