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Metro Week: Fire Season Underway, Prep Began Months Ago

lookouts watch for smoke, districts help residents create "defensible space."

Father of Perished Hotshot Aims to Improve Fire Shelters

David Turbyfill's 27-year-old son Travis died battling Yarnell Fire; says he doesn't want his son to have died in vain.

AZ Week: Year Since Yarnell Fire, 'Support's Been Overwhelming'

Town slowly recovers from deaths of 19 firefighters, property destruction, hopes to see community thrive anew.

Lookouts at Forefront of Fire Spotting

Mac Tippins will spend 4-5 months on duty in Mt. Lemmon's Lemmon Rock Lookout.

Luis CarriĆ³n has an update on the aftermath of the recent rains and Fires.

Oak Fire Smoke Visible South of Tucson

Has burned 3,784 acres since it began June 17; expected to grow until monsoon rains hit.

AZ Sens. Push Legislation to Settle Water Rights Dispute

McCain, Flake say will provide certainty to Native American, other users in west-central state; Rep. Gosar follows with similar legislation in House.

San Pedro River

Project Aims to Detain Rainwater to San Pedro River Aquifers

Goal is to have water make its way into river, keeping it flowing even in dry seasons.

University of Arizona student-run Compost Cats, a composting program that is partnering up with the city of Tucson and other organizations. Here is a farm on the Tohono O'dham Nation where the composting materials are taken.

Tucson Launching Compost Pilot Project

City teaming up with UA group, Tohono O'odham Nation to collect food waste, turn it into fertilizer.

Slide Fire Leaves Flood Risks in Area

Experts say runoff, erosion could occur at higher rate than normal during future storms.

"A" Mountain near downtown Tucson

Planned Painted Hills Purchase Preserves Tucson Mtn Land

Pima plans to spend $7.5 million for 286-acre property; Tucson, county approval needed.

Town of Williams Copes with Water Crisis

Northern Arizona city is not alone, with climate experts saying world could be in middle of mega drought.

Rare Southwestern Rodent Gets Federal Protection

New Mexico meadow jumping mouse is now part of dozens of species in Arizona listed as endangered or threatened.

Sierra Vista Development on Hold Amid Water Concerns

Ruling says there is not enough water in San Pedro Rover watershed to support 7,000 new homes in the area.

Tucson has a small, growing community of people who keep chickens and sell eggs, from backyard coops to schoolyard flocks that help children learn.

Public Meeting to Discuss Changes to City Agricultural Codes

Increasing numbers of Tucson residents are planting vegetable gardens, raising chickens in their backyards; they argue Tucson rules not clear at times.

Wild Burro Trail Earns Natl Recognition

6.3 mile gateway into Tortolita Mountains; 35th in Arizona to earn such designation.

When Wildfires Break Out, Smoke Jumpers First on Call

Jeff Davis, 77, spent nine fire seasons north of the Gila Natl. Forest chasing smoke; they put out fire, not with water but using tools such as shovels.

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