Posted: 9/24/2014 - 2:03 pm
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has issued an Ozone Health Watch for Thursday, Sept. 24, for areas within and bordering Maricopa County.
ADEQ issues a health watch when the highest concentration of ozone or particulate matter levels may exceed the federal health standard.
People are encouraged to make voluntary efforts to limit activities that cause air pollution. People with respiratory or other health problems that make them more sensitive to air pollution are advised to limit their outdoor activity.
Posted: 9/23/2014 - 8:29 am
The Sitgreaves Complex on the Williams Ranger District near Parks, Ariz., reached its final size of 11,080 acres earlier this month, improving overall forest health, wildlife habitat and community safety in an area that hadn’t seen significant fire in close to a century.
The lightning-caused Duck Fire was discovered July 7 about 3 miles northwest of Parks, and fire managers decided to allow it to continue burning as it would naturally as long as it could be safely managed while benefiting forest resources.
Soon after on July 13, lightning sparked the Sitgreaves Fire just a few miles away from the Duck, and a large planning area was established in which the fires could safely grow...
Posted: 9/22/2014 - 2:12 pm
The Pinal County Flood Control District has contracted with Olsson Associates, a local consulting firm, to complete new elevation certificates of residential structures that were included in the new 2014 Federal Emergency Management Agency's Flood Insurance Rate Maps within the City of Maricopa.
Olsson Associates will be obtaining surveyed elevation data for approximately 800 homes over the next two to three months. The company has already initiated contact with some residents via US mail and plans to eventually reach out to residents living within the communities of Palo Brea, Maricopa Meadows, Alterra North, and Desert Cedars.
These elevation certificates require elevation data...
Posted: 9/18/2014 - 11:43 am
High water levels and debris in the San Pedro River have prompted a closure of State Route 92 just south of Sierra Vista, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
The 11-mile closure begins about five miles south of Sierra Vista and continues on the highway toward Bisbee, from mileposts 329-340. Drivers can still go between Sierra Vista and Bisbee by using state routes 90s and 80.
For the most current information about highway closures and restrictions statewide, visit ADOT’s Travel Information Site atwww.az511.gov, follow us on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 5-1-1.
Posted: 9/17/2014 - 2:38 pm
Sand bags are now available for distribution at the following City of Maricopa Fire Stations::
Fire Station 571 (Homestead)
20945 North Porter Road
Maricopa AZ, 85138
Fire Station 572 (Tortosa)
36930 W. Bowlin Road
Maricopa, AZ 85138
Fire Station 574 (Alterra)
44925 West Alterra Parkway
Maricopa, AZ 85139
Fire Station 575 (Acacia Crossings/Heritage District)
45695 W. Edison Road
Maricopa, AZ 85139
Volunteers are onsite to help fill and load sand bags. There are a limited number of sand bags available so each residence will be limited to 8-10 bags each.