A sobering taste of blood, guts and needles
It might seem like a good idea to a choose a career in health care, but the reality might not live up to expectations — because, you know, blood, guts and needles are involved.
Pre-evacuation orders lifted for Show Low, Pinetop
The 46,000-acre Cedar Fire no longer poses a threat to subdivisions and the authorities have lifted pre-evacuation orders for Show Low and Pinetop. The fire has not grown in the past two days, but continues to burn within the existing perimeter. The fire has moved away from Highway 60, prompting the state to re-open the highway. The fire is 51 percent contained. Although 900 firefighters continue to work to contain it, the focus has now shifted to trying to calculate the risk from mudslides off denuded slopes once the monsoons start -- which could come next week.
Fire burning in wilderness area no threat to structures
A 330-acre fire burning in the rugged Four Peaks Wildness area is creating a pillar of smoke visible throughout much of Rim Country, especially in the Tonto Basin. Firefighters are mostly letting it burn due to the rugged terrain and wilderness area restrictions. Some will likely settle in the Tonto Basin overnight. The Forest Service will hold a community meeting there at 6 p.m. tonight.
No more guessing at the Rim Country’s own Paleo site just outside of Kohl’s Ranch.
The Hellsgate Fire Department recently secured a huge federal grant that will go a long way to ensure firefighters’ safety.