Posted: 11/17/2017 - 6:17 pmPublic Health officials in Pinal and Maricopa Counties today said the Arizona Department of Health Services State Public Health Laboratory has confirmed at least two cases of rabies from animals near the Superstition Mountains.The Superstition Mountains Wilderness Area, which includes Lost Dutchman State Park, the First Water Trail and the Tonto National Forest, is a popular destination for hikers during this time of year. Signs warning hikers and...
Posted: 11/17/2017 - 12:12 pm
Prescott National Forest officials would like to warn trail users to be cautious and aware of the possibility of continually changing trail conditions. It has been reported to us that on November 13th a user encountered a single strand of barb wire that was strung at head height between a fence line and a dead tree crossing Arrastra Creek Trail, #275. The location puts it approximately one mile in from Senator Highway going east on Arrastra Creek Trail. Law Enforcement has not verified if this was done intentionally, but want to warn trail users of the potential risk.
U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement (LEOs) are investigating this incident. Anyone with information...
Posted: 11/16/2017 - 11:11 am
Coconino County Public Health Services District (CCPHSD) officials have announced a confirmed case of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) in a recent traveler to the County from outside Arizona. The individual traveled to multiple areas in northern Arizona and it is unknown where the current case contracted the virus.
The disease is transmitted to people who come into contact or breathe infected urine, droppings and/or saliva of wild mice (primarily deer mice). People who come into contact with rodents that carry hantavirus are at risk of contracting the disease. The illness has not been found to spread from person to person.
HPS is not limited to one geographic location. It can be...
Posted: 11/15/2017 - 9:04 amCoconino National Forest fire managers will conduct a large prescribed burn this morning north of the San Francisco Peaks which will produce noticeable smoke near Kendrick Park.The Horseshoe-White Horse Hills Project is located 16 miles north of Flagstaff (35°23'22.29"N, 111°42'37.06"W), east of U.S. Highway 180, and is approximately 2,700 acres. The project is scheduled to begin sometime between 9-10 a.m. and will last one day.Smoke impacts are possible in areas such as Kendrick Park, Snowbowl Estates, Cameron, Tuba City, Sunset Crater National Monument, Wupatki National Monument, the Little Colorado River Valley, U.S. Highway 180 and state...
Posted: 11/14/2017 - 10:20 am
The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ Lakeside Ranger District will continue burning the 3,960 acre prescribed burn within the Whitcom unit, weather dependent, north east of the community of Pinetop. The district has completed approximately 3,100 acres. Fire management proposes to burn an estimated 1,000 additional acres to complete this phase of the project from November 14 through November 17.
The Whitcom Unit is located northeast of Pinetop, along Forest Service Roads 182, 283, 283A and 185.
Ignition may last several days, with daily smoke impact anticipated within area drainages. Smoke will be visible in the local area, from Arizona State Highway 260 and 77, and U.S. Highway...