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Arizona: Tornado Damages Homes, Power Lost in Dust Storms

WILLIAMS, Ariz. (AP) — Up to 10 homes were damaged after a tornado touched down in northern Arizona Monday while around Phoenix, dust storms caused downed power lines, fires and cut power to thousands, authorities said. The National Weather Service …

Northern Arizona Watches Winds as Western Wildfires Blaze

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The northern Arizona city of Flagstaff is synonymous with mountains — lush with ponderosa pines, meadows and hiking trails that are a respite from the desert heat. Now, parts of them are burning yet again, fueled …

Added Crews Making Progress on Midwest, Southwest Fires

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Beefed up fire crews made major progress on a large prairie fire burning near the Nebraska-Kansas line on Tuesday and lighter winds allowed firefighters to keep flames from advancing significantly at big fires in the Southwest …

Strong Winds Could Lead to Explosive Fire Growth in West

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Lisa Wells looked out the window of her home office and saw a plume of smoke. Before long, the smoke blackened, the wind intensified and entire trees were consumed by flames. In what felt like seconds, …

Arizona Wildfire Doubles in Size Near College Town

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona wildfire doubled in size overnight into Wednesday, a day after heavy winds kicked up a towering wall of flames outside a northern Arizona tourist and college town, ripping through two-dozen structures and sending residents …

Parents of Children Killed in Arizona Flood to Be Sentenced

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP)–An Arizona couple whose two children and niece drowned when the family drove into a flooded wash are scheduled to be sentenced Thursday. Lacey Rawlings, 34, has pleaded guilty to seven counts of child abuse and will receive …

Agencies Step Up Enforcement on Highway Known For Crashes

WICKENBURG, Ariz. (AP)–Arizona authorities are stepping up enforcement on a rural highway known for deadly crashes. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is directing its deputies to increase patrols on U.S. Route 93 near the community of Congress, and the state …

Helicopter and Plane Collide Midair in Arizona; 2 Killed

CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — A helicopter and a single-engine plane collided in midair Friday near a suburban Phoenix airport, sending the helicopter crashing into a field and killing both people on board. The plane landed safely, and the flight instructor …

Driver Rams Cyclists in Arizona Race, Critically Injuring Six

SHOW LOW, Ariz. (AP) — A driver in a pickup truck plowed into bicyclists during a community road race in Arizona on Saturday, critically injuring several riders before police chased the driver and shot him outside a nearby hardware store, …

Arizona Legislature to Hold Special Wildfire Funding Session

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature will convene in special session this week to consider adding $100 million in funding for fighting wildfires and to boost the amount of money available to clear hazardous brush and deal with the damage …