News & Analysis

North Phoenix News provides breaking news and in-depth analysis of neighborhoods, schools, businesses and real estate in NoPho, the North Phoenix I-17 corridor from Norterra to New River, including Anthem, Desert Hills, the Tramonto area and the Sonoran Foothills area. Our news and feature stories are reported, written and edited by us. To provide the many communities of North Phoenix with as much useful and interesting information as possible, we also publish selected press releases, here. If you have a press release or a news tip, let us know.

What’s Causing All These Wildfires?

On Wednesday, smoke visible from Anthem billowed skyward from a 10-acre brush fire near State Route 74 and New River Road. Perhaps you didn't hear about it. The fire barely got a mention in social media and didn't make the news. It was roughly the 33rd wildlands blaze that Daisy Mountain Fire Department has responded to since April 1, in what the agency says has been the most active fire season in two decades.

Fast-Moving 303 Fire Scorches North Phoenix Desert

A rapidly moving wildfire that began around 1 p.m. Thursday near the Loop 303 and Interstate 17 spread quickly northward toward the Carefree Highway by mid-afternoon, forcing closure of I-17 in both directions for several hours. The fire was contained after burning 1,150 acres, officials said, and the highway was re-opened in late evening.