Flooded ash from monsoon storms killed fish in pond, Flagstaff mayor says

Francis Short Pond is in Flagstaff.
Francis Short Pond is in Flagstaff.(Flagstaff Mayor Paul Deasy)
Published: Jul. 20, 2022 at 7:27 PM MST
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FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — A pond in Flagstaff no longer has any fish alive, and the mayor is blaming a combination of wildfires and Mother Nature. According to Mayor Paul Deasy, all the fish in Francis Short Pond have died. He said in a tweet it’s because of the ash that came from a wildfire burn scar during last week’s monsoon storms. The pond allows for community fishing, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department often holds clinics there. Deasy said the city will evaluate restocking the pond with fish after the monsoon ends, which is Sept. 30.