Saturday, April 19 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-04-20 03:34:14 GMT
Firefighters are battling flames after a brief lightning storm near Elgin ignited several fires that combined into one on Saturday afternoon, according to Sonoita Fire Department PIO Katie Goodwin. SonoitaMore >
600 acres outside of Elgin have burned. Sonoita Fire Department is on the scene and more units are on their way.More >
Saturday, April 19 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-04-20 03:25:41 GMT
Starting today, it will be illegal to take a puff from an electronic cigarette in many public places in Los Angeles, including inside bars, restaurants, and clubs. LA is the latest in a growing listMore >
Starting today, it will be illegal to take a puff from an electronic cigarette in many public places in Los Angeles, including inside bars, restaurants, and clubs.
Saturday, April 19 2014 8:47 PM EDT2014-04-20 00:47:28 GMT
The Pima County Fair attracted thousands of people in its first two days and some of those fair goers provided input for a proposed passenger rail from Tucson to Phoenix. Mike Kies, with Arizona DepartmentMore >
The department's study of this rail project started in 2011 including two previous public comment sessions, according to Kies. He said the hope is to have a final path chosen by the end of the year. There is no money currently identified for future studies or construction of the rail, which is estimated to cost billions of dollars.More >
Friday, April 18 2014 7:48 PM EDT2014-04-18 23:48:57 GMT
Hotshot crews were shuttled off the Huachuca mountains on Friday, after they completed their work, digging a hand line around the perimeter of the Brown fire. The fire is now 25 percent contained andMore >
Officials said they had a good handle on things, but there was still concern with thunderstorms that have moved into the area.More >
Saturday, April 19 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-04-19 22:33:45 GMT
Two separate collisions closed I-10 eastbound at the Palo Verde exit Saturday afternoon. One of the accidents involved a driver who's motorcycle crashed. The motorcyclist was transported to the hospitalMore >
The road was closed at 2:27 p.m. and the time for reopening has not yet been given.More >
Saturday, April 19 2014 11:30 PM EDT2014-04-20 03:30:31 GMT
Rainfall totals for the latest rainstorm and information of the rainfall so far this year.More >
Not a lot of rain for the calendar year so far, but with the gray skies and heavy rain in the state today, if sure looked like we were in for some wet weather in Tucson. Some areas of the metro pickedMore >
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
ADOT officials say they couldn't put out a warning, because they themselves had no warning.
They were aware of dusty conditions, but nobody saw the blinding conditions coming until after it was too late.
"In the case of today, we didn't have a warning. We didn't know what was coming," said Tim Tait, ADOT Spokesman. "It just kind of surprised everybody. "
Since Monday, we've been hearing about the winds and we've known about the dry ground. Our meteorologists have been warning viewers to be aware of dust as they drive.
"We've been telling people, warning them. If you run into dust, pull over to the side of the road," said Dan Bronis, Meteorologist.
But today, heading down Interstate 10, drivers saw no warnings on the freeway. We asked ADOT what happened.
"Usually, what we look for is a formal advisory from the National Weather Service," said Tait.
No Dust Storm advisory or warning from the National Weather service was given BEFORE the crash, because wind speeds weren't strong enough to meet those standards at the time.
"The problem is dust storms are very unpredictable. They can emerge very quickly, they can move very quickly and can surprise everyone including drivers on the road way," said Bronis. "It's a very difficult phenomenon to predict and avoid frankly."
They've even tried to work with farmers and control the amount of dust released into the air. Right now, Pinal County is in violation of Federal Air Quality Standards for dust pollution.
Most of the dust is a result of living in the desert, but farmers are doing their part.
State Environmental Quality officials say farmers have been told to plow their fields less, water the grounds as they plow, and avoid working on the fields in hot and windy conditions.
ADOT's big focus now is reminding drivers to pull over, turn the car off and avoid driving in dust storms.
"ADOT doesn't hesitate to shut a road down if visibility becomes an issue," said Tait. "During winter or snow storms we do it, and during major dust storms we do it."
State officials say they continue to meet with local farmers to try and come up with a plan to better manage their lands.
They can issue violations for farmers who do not comply with air quality standards. By January, they hope to have a plan that will bring them within federal guidelines.
Friday, April 18 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:10:07 GMT
Two former employees at the Starlight Drive-In in DeKalb County have accused the general manager of the business of racism. "I have dealt with racism before. I have lived in New York and Detroit but nothingMore >
Two former employees at the Starlight Drive-In in DeKalb County have accused the general manager of racism. More >
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
31 people are in trouble with the law after a three day prostitution sting in Richmond. Police told NBC12 they targeted specific areas where residents and business owners complained about the illegal activity.More >