Posted: 9/20/2017 - 3:30 pm
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is issuing a PM-10 Health Watch for Maricopa County, effective Thursday, September 21, 2017. This health watch is due to pollution levels expected to approach the federal health standard.
This health watch includes the following restrictions:
Open burning and wood burning fireplace activity is restricted in Maricopa County. This includes individuals and businesses which have burn permits for open burning.
Please take action during the health watch by following the tips below:
• Avoid using leaf blowers and other equipment that create dust.
• Stabilize loose soil or dirt.
• Maintain your landscape. Cover...
Posted: 9/20/2017 - 8:51 am
National Park Service wildland firefighters are conducting prescribed fires starting as early as September 20th until as late as October 31, 2017. Specific dates cannot be provided as these prescribed fires are dependent on weather and other factors. Visitors to the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument may encounter National Park Service firefighters or see smoke columns. Visitors should anticipate possible temporary area closures, smoke, and firefighting equipment on roads such as fire engines, UTV’s, ATV’s, and helicopters. Smoke warning signs and other fire information will be placed in the areas of the proposed prescribed fires.
Prescribed fires are a natural tool to manage...
Posted: 9/16/2017 - 3:23 pm
A brush fire burning in the median on Interstate 17 at milepost 249 is causing extensive southbound delays, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
Traffic is backed up about 7 miles from Bumble Bee Road to Badger Springs Road. Motorists should consider taking an alternate route, including State Route 260 through Camp Verde to SR 87 through Payson.
Posted: 9/14/2017 - 9:55 am
State Route 366 has reopened on Mount Graham in southeastern Arizona after a six-week closure due to the danger of flooding and debris flows after the Frye Fire, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
The road, also known as Swift Trail, connects with US 191 about 20 miles south of Safford. It had been closed at Ladybug Saddle near milepost 131, but as of Thursday, Sept. 14, it’s open again to Columbine at milepost 143.
The U.S. Forest Service is reopening areas of the Coronado National Forest that were closed due to the Frye Fire, but some recreational sites remain closed pending repairs. More information is available at www...
Posted: 9/8/2017 - 9:42 am
With strong monsoon storms forecast in much of Arizona going into the weekend, be ready to pull aside and wait out extreme weather.
Please heed this advice: Get off the highways when facing a dust storm. In almost no time, blowing dust can drop visibility to zero, especially where small dust channels afford drivers little or no opportunity to avoid this hazard.
Other tips from the Arizona Department of Transportation:
- If you encounter a dust storm, immediately check traffic around your vehicle (front, back and to the side) and begin slowing down.
- Don’t wait until poor visibility makes it difficult to pull off the roadway safely; do it as soon as possible....