News Briefing for July 18, 2019

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Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2019 12:57 pm

As of yesterday, the Castle fire is continuing to steadily grow. The Arizona Daily Sun is reporting that the Kaibab National Forest where the fire is located is planning to allow the fire to grow in hopes of improving the ecological health of the surrounding area. The wildfire, believed to have been caused by a lightning strike, was discovered this past Tuesday.

A grant has recently been awarded to Flagstaff Shelter Services in order to help those in the city who are homeless. The $145,000 grant will be used to serve homeless that often visit jail and emergency room settings. The grant was given by Vitalyst Health Fund, in partnership with NARBHA.

In Phoenix, the names have been released of two men who were killed in a shooting on Monday. The victims, 23-year-old Allen Suarez, and 20-year-old Cash Benally, were the two men killed in a shootout at a Phoenix condo. Authorities have released few details, but indicated that the shooting stemmed from a dispute.

We have a ten percent chance of rain and thunderstorms this morning after 11 o’clock, otherwise skies are expected to be sunny with a high of 86 degrees and winds west south west with speeds between 8 to 11 miles per hour, though winds could be as high as 21 miles per hour. Tonight we have mostly clear skies with west winds ant 6 to 10 miles per hour and a low near 53.