Posted: 3/29/2017 - 3:52 pm
It’s Too Late, When Told To Evacuate! BE FIREWISE
The Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management with support from the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors is strongly recommending that all residents prepare for the 2017 fire season by being “FIREWISE.”
Wildfires are never out of season and now is the time to create defensible space around your home. Cut away vegetation 5 to 30 feet from all structures. Remove all debris and dead vegetation from roofs, decks, and the ground around your home. Please remember to be cautious of sparks as you are cutting and trimming.
The annual FREE slash (brush, branches, grass, leaves and yard trimmings) drop-off program is available at...
Posted: 3/29/2017 - 9:32 am
The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ Black Mesa Ranger District will be burning 2 acres of slash piles within the Mogollon Campground along Forest Road 300, March 29 - 31.
Burning of the piles will reduce ground fuels within the Mogollon Campground area, providing a more open area within the campground for forest visitors. It will also help reduce the threat of potential severe fire within the area, and improve the health of the local forest ecosystem. Fire personnel will be on scene from ignition until there is no longer a threat of escape from the project boundaries. Prescribed fire operations are subject to cancelation due to unfavorable weather conditions.
Smoke may be seen...
Posted: 3/28/2017 - 3:15 pm
Everyone knows spring follows winter, which means mud season follows snow season. Many roads in the Coconino National Forest are still closed until the snowbanks melt and the soil dries out.
This year the Coconino NF has numerous people ignoring closed gates and bypassing or destroying them to access the soft and muddy forest roads. The vandalism of the forest gates is three to four times more this year than in previous years, according to Forest Service law enforcement and local Arizona Game and Fish patrols.
Not only can ignoring gates be extremely dangerous and extremely damaging to the land, it is illegal. It is unlawful to operate a vehicle on, or off-road, in a manner which...
Posted: 3/22/2017 - 10:11 am
The Clifton Ranger District on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests plans to begin the Mesa Re-Entry prescribed burn starting March 27. The project will take two weeks to complete, depending on weather conditions. When ignitions have been completed personnel will remain on scene monitoring the burn as needed.
The 5,105 acre burn area is bounded to the north by Pine Flat Rd (FSR 515), to the east by U.S. Highway 191, to the south by Upper Eagle Creek Rd (FSR 215), and to the west by the Sheep Wash Canyon. Fuel types include grass, juniper, oak, pinyon pine, and ponderosa pine. The burn is intended to reduce canopy cover and maintain areas of reduced canopy cover achieved in past...
Posted: 3/20/2017 - 11:31 am
The Kendrick Fire was a human-caused grass wildfire reported at approximately 2:30 p.m. March 17 northwest of the San Francisco Peaks. Personnel from Coconino National Forest and Summit Fire Department responded and worked to protect specific structures that were threatened for a time, which are listed below. Forest Service Law Enforcement was also assisted by the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation.
A helicopter inbound to assist in firefighting efforts Saturday was temporarily delayed due to a drone flying in the area near the fire. Law enforcement tried to locate the drone pilot but were unsuccessful. Members of the public, news media, film and video production...