Posted: 4/7/2015 - 8:36 am
Spring in central Arizona brings wind, warm days, cool nights and is the season for yard work and getting outdoors to enjoy a hike, go for a bike ride, or camping. Fire Officials want to remind visitors that we all have a role to play in preventing human-caused fires. Fire dangers are not uniform across the landscape, some areas, due to more or less precipitation, varying elevation and temperature will dry faster than others. This means that fire dangers can vary over relatively short distances and can change quickly in short periods of time.
We ask our forest visitors to take responsibility in knowing the conditions in the forest; knowing when fire restrictions are in place; and to...
Posted: 4/3/2015 - 2:26 am
The annual “Basin Operation Drill” is focused on interagency cooperation in a wildland fire setting and provide local resources the training needed in the event of a multiple agency response of a wildfire. The 2015 drill will focus on Engine Company training stations to insure continuity between responding departments. The drill will also include components of air operations and law enforcement.
This drill has been in place since the mid 1990’s. As in the past this year’s drill involves firefighters and equipment from the Prescott Basin Area as well as the Verde Valley. The AZ National Guard will have a Blackhawk Helicopter on site to demonstrate aerial operation capabilities.
Posted: 4/1/2015 - 8:23 am
As the temperature starts to rise, so does the number of bee encounters we will have around the valley. This time of year bees become more active as they pollinate new agriculture growth, produce honey, and grow their hive. These are all good things, but occasionally the bees will move in a little too close to our homes. Bees like places that give them protection such as valve boxes and under eaves.
Here are a few things to know about bees. A “hive” is a colony of bees actively producing honeycomb. These bees will protect the hive if they are disturbed. A hive will split and send out a “swarm” for several reasons, one being when the bees are too big for the hive location. This swarm is a...
Posted: 3/25/2015 - 8:24 pm
Clifton Ranger District fire managers are preparing to commence prescribed burning as conditions provide opportunities for applying fire to the landscape located on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs).
The Clifton Ranger District plans to begin the Sunset Re-Entry prescribed burn on April 6. The project will take two to three weeks to complete, depending on weather conditions. The 5,500 acre burn area is bounded to the north and west and south by the FR 215, to the east by Red Tank Canyon.
Fuels 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: 3/19/2015 - 5:37 pm
As part of its effort to learn more about public health readiness and response to extreme heat and other disasters, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health will administer a door-to-door survey and is looking for volunteers.
“Last year, Public Health studied cooling centers throughout the Valley to get an idea of how and if centers are being used by the community,” said Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, medical director and disease control administrator for MCDPH. “This year, as part two of that study, we want to study what individuals are doing to prepare for extreme heat and other disasters so that we may better understand the impact on public health.”
Volunteer training will be...