Posted: 1/27/2017 - 3:03 pm
With recent snowfall transforming much of Arizona’s high country into a winter wonderland, snow-play sites should become busy destinations this weekend. That means travelers can expect heavy traffic and delays around some popular areas.
Those heading to snow-play sites along US 180 should be prepared to spend extended time in winter conditions and be ready for traffic backups returning to Flagstaff that build as the afternoon goes on.
Travelers also should prepare for the trip by researching the locations of snow-play areas and whether those areas have enough snow to be open. The Flagstaff Convention & Visitors Bureau lists all area snow-play locations at ...
Posted: 1/27/2017 - 2:59 pm
The Tonto National Forest is advising the public that road conditions for all National Forest System Roads north of Young, Arizona, that travel off of Gila County Road 512 are impassible due to recent heavy snowfall accumulation. Travel off the 512 Road north of Young is discouraged unless absolutely critical.
Residents of the Pleasant Valley area are reporting numerous, ill-prepared motorists that have either become stranded or stuck along the 512 Road, or have abandoned their vehicles. Encountering abandoned vehicles and stranded motorists along the narrow 512 Road makes travel in the area more dangerous for residents, emergency first responders, and commercial utility service...
Posted: 1/26/2017 - 2:23 pm
When a highway closes or you’re just looking for possible routes, it’s natural to consult a navigation app or GPS unit. But drivers need to apply common sense to a computer’s suggestions, starting with not taking buses and other vehicles that aren’t up to the task down unpaved roads.
Since State Route 64 closed due to heavy snow between Grand Canyon Village and Grand Canyon National Park’s east entrance, a large bus, a smaller bus and at least two passenger vehicles carrying tourists have gotten stuck on a forest road heading east from US 180 between Valle and Flagstaff toward US 89.
While tow trucks were able to free the other vehicles free and get them headed back to US 180, the...
Posted: 1/26/2017 - 1:15 pm
The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ Lakeside Ranger District will be burning slash piles January 26 through 27, if conditions allow. The ignition area is on Timber Knoll just south of Ojo Bonito Estates. Scattered piles will be burned across roughly 10 acres of forest land each day. Ignition is planned for two days only and smoke impact is anticipated along Highway 60 and within the Vernon Community. In the interest of safety, forest visitors are reminded to use caution when traveling in the vicinity of the pile burn as smoke may reduce visibility in the area.
Prescribed burning provides many benefits and is essential to maintaining healthy forest ecosystems. It provides habitat...
Posted: 1/26/2017 - 9:15 amThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting increased flu activity in many areas of the United States. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, influenza activity is elevated in Arizona with nearly 1,800 cases reported across the state this season.As a result, Coconino County health officials are urging those who have not yet received a flu shot to get vaccinated."Flu can be serious and it is unpredictable. Remember that the flu season can continue into late spring so there is still time to get your flu shot to protect yourself and your family,” said Marie Peoples, Coconino County Public Health Services District (CCPHSD)...