Posted: 10/5/2015 - 8:25 am
At 10:15 am on Thursday, Oct. 15, over 41,000 school children in thousands of classrooms across Arizona, will “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” as part of the Great Arizona Shakeout earthquake preparedness drill. They will be joined by tens of thousands more people in universities, state and federal offices, tribal communities, health facilities, civic groups, and businesses.
Each year, hundreds of earthquakes occur in Arizona. Most go unfelt, but the potential for rare, life-threatening, large magnitude earthquakes exists. On Nov. 30, 2014, a magnitude 4.7 earthquake near Sedona, Arizona, rocked central and northern Arizona and may have been felt by an estimated 470,000 people. Faults in...
Posted: 10/2/2015 - 2:10 pm
Based on the current weather forecast Tonto National Forest fire specialists have changed where they plan to burn starting on Monday, October 5, 2015. On Monday and Tuesday, fire specialists will burn 222 acres of vegetative debris piles in the Colcord Canyon Area. Residents and visitors to the area can expect to see and smell moderate amounts of smoke in the 13 Ranch, Gordon Canyon Estates, Colcord Canyon, Ponderosa Springs and Humming Bird Chalet areas.
To minimize the impact of smoke, fire managers will terminate ignitions each day by 3 pm, however, smoke may linger in the area through Friday, October 9, 2015. Smoke will be visible from Al Fulton Overlook and Highway 260 during the...
Kaibab National Forest to conduct prescribed burns on Williams District over weekend and through next weekPosted: 10/2/2015 - 1:15 pm
Fire managers with the Kaibab National Forest plan to conduct a series of prescribed burns over the weekend and continuing through next week in three locations on the Williams Ranger District in order to reduce hazardous fuels and increase ecosystem health and forest resiliency.
Dutch Kid Prescribed Fire: Over the weekend and continuing through Monday, fire managers will use aerial ignition to treat up to 4,115 acres in the Dutch Kid project area, which is located on and surrounding Dutch Kid Knoll about 7 miles south southwest of the City of Williams. Due to prevailing winds, smoke will likely be visible in Williams, the vicinity of Bill Williams Mountain, the Woods Subdivision,...
Posted: 10/2/2015 - 11:13 am
Fire managers are planning to conduct several prescribed burn projects over the next week, depending upon weather conditions, in areas south of Flagstaff, near Munds Park, Mormon Lake and Clints Well.
Smoke from all these burns is expected to disperse toward the northeast and may settle in low areas northeast of the specific burn, especially during the evening and early morning hours.
Eastside Project (Heckathorn/Herald Ranch): 400 acres; located approximately one mile southeast of Flagstaff just north of Lake Mary Road. This burn is planned for Tuesday through Wednesday (Oct. 6-7) and will produce noticeable smoke to those in and around Flagstaff.
Munds Park Project: 300...
Posted: 10/1/2015 - 3:13 pm
With a favorable window of opportunity expected to remain open on the North Kaibab Ranger District for the remainder of the week, North Zone fire managers plan to commence this year’s prescribed fire season as early as tomorrow by initiating ignitions in the Moquitch 4 project area.
The Moquitch 4 burn unit is geographically located approximately 6 miles south of Jacob Lake and is bound by Forest Service Road (FR) 217 and dozer line on the east, FR 282 on the west, FR 260 on the north and FR 212 on the south. Mainly comprised of ponderosa pine with scattered clumps of aspen and patches of New Mexico locust, this planned fuels treatment is intended to reduce hazardous fuel loads, improve...