Emergency Bulletins

  • Posted: 5/23/2014 - 11:45 am

    The Coconino County Board of Supervisors approved a ban on open burning on County public lands and private lands in the unincorporated areas of the County.  The ban went into effect at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 23 and will remain in effect until fire danger conditions subside.

    The County’s fire ban includes all open fires, campfires and other pyrotechnic displays on private and public lands in the unincorporated areas of the County.  On April 25, 2014, the Board took action to ban the sale and use of all permissible consumer fireworks within Coconino County.  Excluded from the ban are petroleum-fueled stoves or lanterns, enclosed charcoal barbeque grills operated in residential yards and...

  • Posted: 5/23/2014 - 11:30 am

    Due to the ongoing firefighting efforts against the Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon, the State Route 89A improvement project along the switchbacks north of Sedona is on hold at this time, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

    ADOT had been preparing for a scheduled closure of the SR 89A switchbacks for a pavement and safety-improvement project starting on Tuesday, May 27, at the conclusion of the Memorial Day weekend.

    Crews were pulled off the project Tuesday afternoon shortly after the start of the Slide Fire, which originated approximately six miles south of the project near Slide Rock State Park.

    Currently, SR 89A (mileposts 375-397) remains closed in both...

  • Posted: 5/23/2014 - 8:45 am

    Due to extremely high fire risk in the region, effective May 23, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. all unincorporated areas of Navajo County will be placed under Stage 2 fire restrictions regulating the use of fire and spark-igniting equipment or operations. Navajo County has been monitoring the weather and fuel conditions very closely with members of the White Mountain Fire Coordination Group, and based on the available information, this is the most advisable course of action at this time. 

    The recently revised Navajo County Outdoor Fire Ordinance Stage 2 Restrictions are effective in the unincorporated area of Navajo County, exclusive of areas under the jurisdiction of the federal government, the State...

  • Posted: 5/23/2014 - 8:15 am

    The Slide Fire is located in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Slide Rock State Park and burning northward, up the canyon into places such as West Fork and Harding Point.
     
    Overnight: Crews made good progress overnight conducting burnout operations along the north and east flanks of the fire. Several small spot fires were contained south of FSR 535 through the evening hours. Additional burnout operations were conducted starting near the upper canyon ‘switchbacks’ on Highway 89A southward to the Fish Hatchery.
     
    Today: 
    Firefighters will continue working in the East Pocket area to the southwest using possible retardant and water drops in the rugged terrain. Prep work will...

  • Posted: 5/22/2014 - 9:06 pm

    The Slide Fire is located in Oak Creek Canyon just north of Slide Rock State Park and burning northward, up the canyon into places such as West Fork and Harding Point.

    Today:

    Crews continued to hold the fire west of Highway 89A and south of Fry Canyon. A small spot fire occurred across the northern line into an area that was thinned in 2006. Because this area was previously treated, the spot fire was unable to grow and crews quickly extinguished it.

    Hotshot crews also worked to create fire line across the Pumphouse Wash near the Hwy 89A ‘switchbacks’ to control the east flank and prevent further spread east.

    Winds increased to 18 to 22 mph with gusts...

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