Mother Nature can often be a fickle lady, as the U.S. Forest Service recently found out.

About 80 people turned out at the Yavapai College campus in Sedona on Wednesday, June 8, for a meeting hosted by the USFS to discuss the recent smoke impacts from nearby fires.

In response to public comments about wildfire operations and smoke impacts to surrounding communities, the Forest Service will be holding a public meeting in Sedona on Wednesday, June 8, at 5 p.m. at the Yavapai College Sedona Center in west Sedona, 4215 Arts Village Drive.

Three nearby wildfires are filling Sedona and the Verde Valley with smoke, especially in the morning.

Coconino National Forest fire officials are allowing three lightning-caused fires to burn to reduce underbrush and prevent future wildfires, according to a press release.

The Arizona Department of Transportation has made clear its desire to try to find a solution to prevent suicides at Midgley Bridge.

ADOT Director John Halikowski and staff members came to Sedona on Monday, May 23, to meet with city officials as well as those from the Sedona Fire District.

The massive wildfires currently in Canada or the Slide Fire that started two years ago this month in Oak Creek Canyon are constant reminders as to how devastating they can be to a community.

Only 10 miles south of Sedona, the employees at Bubbling Ponds Native Fish Research Facility are doing all they can to support the conservation of Arizona’s native fish — fragile populations of suckers, chubs, minnows and daces.

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