Posted: 5/22/2014 - 3:02 pm
Strong winds across southern and central Arizona may result in low visibility and blowing dust on the roadway, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. The National Weather Service in Tucson has issued a dust advisory for portions of Pinal County until 7 p.m.
Drivers on Interstate 10 between Casa Grande and Tucson may encounter winds up to 35 mph and visibility below one mile. ADOT advises drivers to use extra caution along I-10 and Interstate 8 and be prepared in case they encounter a dust storm.
ADOT and the Arizona Department of Public Safety recommend the following driving tips when encountering a low-visibility dust storm:
Avoid driving into or through a dust...
Posted: 5/22/2014 - 2:38 pm
Drought conditions, hot temperatures, and increased fire danger have resulted in an elevation of fire restrictions for the Tonto National Forest beginning at 8 a.m., Friday, May 23.
Most types of fire or fire-causing activities are prohibited across the entire Tonto National Forest.
Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or charcoal-burning device is prohibited.
Restrictions also apply to operating internal combustion power tools, using welding equipment or torches with open flames, operating combustion engines without spark-arresting devices in effective working order, or discharging firearms except in taking game in accordance with Arizona hunting...
Posted: 5/22/2014 - 2:12 pm
Fire crews continue to hold the fire west of Highway 89A and south of Fry Canyon.
Burnout operations have been conducted south of FSR 535 to create a larger fire break north east of the fire. Hotshot crews are also working to create fire line across the Pump House Wash near the 89A ‘switchbacks’ to control the east flank and prevent further spread east.
Winds have become lighter today, with temperatures in the low 70s. As the day continues to warm, firefighters expect increased fire behavior, with the most active portion of the fire toward the northwest to Harding Point.
Heavy smoke is likely again in the greater Flagstaff area, Williams as well as Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon...
Posted: 5/22/2014 - 10:45 am
Smoke from the Slide Fire located south of Flagstaff in Oak Creek Canyon continues to affect several communities in Northern Arizona.
Wildfire smoke is a mixture of small particles, gases and water vapor. The primary health concern is the small particles. Not everyone who is exposed to smoke will have health problems. Many factors influence a person’s susceptibility to smoke. These factors include the level, extent, and duration of exposure, age, and individual susceptibility.
Anyone who can see, taste or smell smoke should curtail outdoor activity. People with heart disease, lung disease or asthma should avoid the outdoors entirely, as...
Posted: 5/22/2014 - 10:30 am
The human-caused Woods Canyon Fire on the north side of Woods Canyon Lake on the Black Mesa Ranger District is currently at 88 acres and 40 percent containment.
Dozer and handlines have been created on the east and west sides of the fire. Crews are battling spot fires on the north side. No structures or power lines are threatened at this time.
Resources on the scene include a single engine air tanker, hotshot crew, two Type 3 helicopters, two Type 2 crews, one water tender, and several engines. Helicopters are dipping water from Woods Canyon Lake. No injuries have been reported.
All campgrounds in the Woods Canyon Lake area and the Woods Canyon store are open. Some parking in...