Posted: 1/11/2018 - 11:23 amPinal County has continued to receive reports of historically high numbers of influenza cases in the community. So far, Pinal County has more than 1,000 cases reported this season, more than last year. Currently there are eight recorded deaths related to flu. The deaths are concentrated in members of the public over 50 years of age....
Approximately 25% of the reported cases have been hospitalized and multiple additional deaths have been identified. "We have never seen this much flu activity this early in the season," said Graham Briggs, Manager for Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology, "but it's not too late to get your flu shot."
Posted: 1/11/2018 - 7:57 am
Conditions remain optimal for fire managers to continue burning slash piles on the south side of the Williams Ranger District and crews will move forward with burning an additional 94 acres on Thursday of this week near Coleman Lake adjacent to County Road 73. As moisture in the area remains, additional acres will be identified and treated.
Recent snow fall levels have allowed for the opportunity to work at least two more days in the area. Fuels specialists are accomplishing the objectives they hoped for with no control concerns. Pile burning will likely continue throughout the winter months as weather permits and conditions remain favorable.
Smoke may be visible during the early...
Posted: 1/10/2018 - 4:28 pm
The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ Lakeside Ranger District will continue burning slash piles January 11 and 12, if weather conditions allow, on Timber Knoll and/or in the Upper Rocky Arroyo, Gobbler Timber sale.
The Timber Knoll ignition area is just south of Ojo Bonito Estates. Smoke impact is anticipated along Highway 60 and within the Vernon Community. The Upper Rocky Arroyo, Gobbler Timber sale ignition area is located east of the Pinetop Country Club along Forest Service Road 185 and 9600T. Smoke impact is anticipated along Highways 60 and 260, and within the Pinetop Community. Smoke will may be visible from the communities of Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside and Vernon.
Posted: 1/10/2018 - 3:39 pm
100 acres of slash piles are scheduled for burning on Thursday and Friday of this week on the Tusayan Ranger District. Crews plan to ignite 50 acres each day and complete this project by late afternoon on Friday. The unit to be treated is located approximately 1 mile west of the Grand Canyon Airport near Tusayan.
This project is a continuation of the removal of hazardous fuels surrounding rural areas and developed communities located within and adjacent to the Kaibab National Forest.
Smoke may be visible for short durations from Highway 64 and the community of Tusayan but is expected to ventilate rapidly out to the west with no overnight impacts.
Visitors are always reminded...
Posted: 1/10/2018 - 11:42 am
The Arizona Department of Health Services released data today that shows influenza activity continues to rise statewide. There have been 11,515 cases of influenza reported this season, with 2,455 reported between December 31, 2017 and January 6, 2018. Compared to the 2016-2017 flu season, there were 1,109 total cases and 275 weekly cases reported for the same time period last year.
“As kids return to school from winter break, we expect influenza cases to significantly increase,” said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. “Parents should make sure their kids are vaccinated and keep them home from school if they have flu-like illness or symptoms. Due to the...