Emergency Bulletins

  • Posted: 1/23/2017 - 2:55 pm

    The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ Black Mesa Ranger District will be burning 30 acres of slash piles east of the Hilltop Circle K on the south side of State Highway 260 from January 24 - February 3.

    The communities of Heber-Overgaard and State Highway 260 may be impacted with smoke. Community members and 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 diversity, recycles plant nutrients into the soil and encourages new growth for a variety of plants used by wildlife and...

  • Posted: 1/23/2017 - 1:49 pm

    Drivers should be prepared for blowing dust and reduced visibility along Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

    The National Weather Service says gusty winds were recorded in the Casa Grande area today and the Department of Public Safety reported areas of blowing dust crossing I-10 southeast of Phoenix.

    Dust along portions of I-10 is just one of a number of weather-related issues motorists may encounter across the state due to the third in a series of winter storms in recent days.

    Drivers should use caution as additional snow, windy conditions and icy spots on highways can still be expected in the state’s high country...

  • Posted: 1/21/2017 - 3:37 pm

    Planning a trip to play in the snow Sunday? Leave prepared for heavy traffic around popular snow-play sites and the potential for more winter weather to arrive as early as Sunday afternoon.

    Highway conditions can deteriorate quickly during severe weather as snow accumulates and drivers struggle, and closures can happen suddenly and be prolonged.

    Your trip preparations should begin with packing a fully charged cellphone, drinking water, and winter coats, warm blankets or both. Among other winter driving tips at azdot.gov/KnowSnow, you should take: healthy snacks; gloves, scarves, caps and extra socks; necessary medications; an...

  • Posted: 1/19/2017 - 1:46 pm

    The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and the Coconino National Forest are warning backcountry mountain travelers to be alert for potential avalanche hazards on the San Francisco Peaks.  The existing snowpack, recent wind events, and a large amount of new snow could produce hazardous conditions in the backcountry. This includes side country area bordering Arizona Snowbowl Ski Area.

    Avalanche mitigation and patrolling is conducted within the Snowbowl ski area, but there are no avalanche controls or routine patrolling in the forest outside of the ski area. Those traveling into the backcountry need to be prepared for and understand the conditions prior to venturing out.

    Avalanches most...

  • Posted: 1/19/2017 - 9:42 am

    The Flagstaff Ranger Station, Mountainaire project and the Mormon Lake work center have produced piles of debris from the thinning of trees, which will be burned today and Friday near Flagstaff and will produce smoke visible to surrounding visitors and residents.

    The pile burns will be located east and south of Flagstaff next to the Flagstaff Ranger Station on Highway 89 and next to Priest Draw southwest of Lower Lake Mary. The burns will begin around 10 a.m. and continue through the afternoon, with smoke predicted to move toward the northeast. Friday piles are scheduled to be burned again at Priest Draw and at the Mormon Lake work center at the north end of Lake Mary Road.

    Smoke...

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