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About 20 locals are fighting a massive fire in Arizona today. The Wallow Fire is being called one of the worst wildfires in Arizona history. It's already scorched more than 200,000 acres since it began last Sunday and continues to grow. Keith Rockow works in operations at Pat-Rick, a Redmond company that sends out contract firefighters when needed; and working on fires like this can give some much-needed cash to people who may be unemployed right now. "Of course it helps tremendously with the local economy. Young kids 19 to 24, or 25 to 30, trying to make ends meet to keep food on the table or their lights on. Put people to work they pump that money back into the economy."   He describes Pat-Rick as a national resource that provides initial attack crews on fires. He says they got the call Friday afternoon and the government requested them to be ready to go by 5 o'clock Saturday morning. They left Redmond Saturday morning on a chartered aircraft bound for Phoenix, Arizona.  

 

 

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Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 
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