Arizona

6:07am

Tue July 2, 2013
The Two-Way

VIDEOS: Solemn Salutes To Fallen Firefighters In Arizona

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 7:43 am

Holding on to each other: Firefighters hug during a memorial service Monday in Prescott, Ariz. They were honoring 19 others who died Sunday.
Michael Nelson EPA/LANDOV

The simple, sobering sound of a bell ringing as each firefighter's name and age was read brings home the sad story from Prescott, Ariz., where 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who died Sunday fighting a wildfire were remembered Monday.

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1:23pm

Mon July 1, 2013
Wildfires

Risk For Significant Wildfires Increases Across Southwest Colorado

Southwest Colorado looks to see an increase risk for signifigant wildfires through July.
National Interagency Fire Center

While the West Fork Complex continues to burn in Southwest Colorado, the National Interagency Fire Center says the wildland fire potential will continue to increase there through the month of July.

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9:02am

Mon July 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Heat Wave Will Bake Southwest For Most Of This Week

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 12:53 pm

The National Weather Service predicts triple-digit temperatures in the Southwest until at least Wednesday. The temperature in Death Valley hit 128 degrees Sunday, a record high for June in the United States.
NOAA

The record-breaking heat that has broiled the Southwest since Friday shows no signs of letting up. According to the National Weather Service, "triple-digit temperatures will be common across the Southwest" through at least Wednesday.

The temperature in Death Valley — where the temperature reached 134 degrees in 1913, the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth — hit 128 degrees Sunday. That mark set a record high for the month of June in the U.S. The weather service says to expect similar heat today.

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5:53am

Mon July 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Arizona Wildfire Kills 19 Firefighters, Deadliest In Decades

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 1:17 pm

The Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew is shown in this undated handout photo provided by the city of Prescott, Ariz. The elite team of 19 firemen were killed on Sunday in one of the deadliest U.S. firefighting disasters in decades.
City of Prescott Reuters/Landov

In what is being called the deadliest U.S. wildfire in at least 30 years, an out-of-control blaze trapped and killed 19 firefighters Sunday in central Arizona. They had been forced to use temporary shelters in an attempt to survive.

All of those killed were part of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group based in Prescott, Ariz., that uses rigorous training to prepare for fighting wildfires. They are frequently deployed to the front lines of firefighting efforts against such blazes.

Update at 6:04 p.m. ET: Firefighters Identified

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4:00pm

Sat June 29, 2013
Sports

Back On The Ground, Nik Wallenda Dreams Up His Next Walk

Originally published on Sat June 29, 2013 5:07 pm

Nik Wallenda practices walking across a wire in Sarasota, Fla., last week.
Chris O'Meara AP

Daredevil Nik Wallenda of the famous "Flying Wallendas" family successfully walked on a 2-inch-thick cable across a 1,500-foot gorge near the Grand Canyon last week — without a net.

Back on solid ground, Wallenda says of course he has butterflies, but he doesn't get dizzy and there's no fear. He speaks with weekends on All Things Considered host Jacki Lyden about his latest death-defying walk on the high wire.


Interview Highlights

On training for the Grand Canyon

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