Posted: 5/26/2017 - 1:50 pm
The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce it will continue its practice of displaying a red flag at the entrance to the parking lot of the Law Enforcement Administrative Facility (911 E Sawmill Rd, Flagstaff) whenever Red Flag Warnings are in effect for the area. The flying of this red flag is an adoption of the nationwide Red Flag Warnings that are issued by the National Weather Service and meant to inform the public about the fire conditions.
The Sheriff’s Office started this practice in June 2014. “By displaying red flags throughout our community in concurrence with the weather service Red Flag Warnings, we can help bring higher visibility to the threat of wild land...
Posted: 5/25/2017 - 3:22 pm
Four separate incidents involving hobbyists flying drones are hindering operations on the Pinal Fire since it was detected May 8, 2017. The fire, which is located in the Tonto National Forest Globe Ranger District near Globe, Arizona, has burned approximately 4,375 acres.
The latest drone sighting occurred May 24, 2017. An air tanker flying over the fire was forced to release its retardant at a higher altitude for safety reasons. The higher drop reduced the retardant’s effectiveness on the fire. Subsequently, aviation operations were suspended until the drone issue was resolved.
On May 20, 2017, a law enforcement officer cited a hobbyist for flying a drone near the Pinal Fire....
Posted: 5/25/2017 - 2:43 pm
Campfire, smoking, and shooting restrictions will likely go into effect on the Prescott National Forest on Thursday, June 1st, at 8:00 a.m. Forest managers have determined that key criteria will be reached or near enough to warrant taking these restrictive actions. These include rapid drying of live and dead forest vegetation, escalating fire weather conditions, the potential commitment of firefighting resource across the region, and increased forest visitor use. These restrictions will remain in effect until August 15 or when forest officials determine that conditions have changed sufficiently to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfire.
Nearly all neighboring jurisdictions...
Posted: 5/25/2017 - 11:36 am
The National Weather Service has issued a RED FLAG WARNINGfor today from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. that covers the entire Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests due to strong winds and low relative humidity.
On a RED FLAG DAY, the following restrictions go into effect on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests during the advisory hours:
1. Building, maintaining, or attending a fire or campfire. *Propane heating and cooking devices are permissible.
Posted: 5/25/2017 - 10:16 am
Despite the office closure, fire and recreation personnel and law enforcement officers will be on duty the Memorial Day weekend for the safety of visitors.
Forest officials are...