Evacuation Order for La Cienega and Ellison Creek Estates in the Ellison Creek drainage north of the Control Road.
Based on recommendations from the Highline Fire Incident Management Team, Gila County Sheriff’s Office has issued an Evacuation Order for residents in the these communities effective June 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm. The Highline Fire Incident Management Team made the recommendation based on rapid fire movement towards the community and spotting concerns. The concern is that the fire may reach these subdivisions during the night so this order is being issued to facilitate the safe removal of residents and their animals to avoid being caught in fire, smoke, and road congestion.
Residents of the affected area can expect local public safety personnel to be going door to door to convey evacuation information to residents. Gila County Emergency Management is also sending out an alert via Everbridge to residents in this area.
Don’t wait to be contacted by authorities to leave. Evacuating the fire area early also helps firefighters keep roads clear of congestion and allow them to them move more freely to do their job.
Sign up for Gila County’s Emergency Alerts at http://www.readygila.com. This is the best way for the county to reach you directly with updates.
Remember the Five P’s of Immediate Evacuation:
• People and Pets (and other livestock too)
• Papers (important documents)
• Prescriptions (medications, eyeglasses, hearing aids, etc.)
• Pictures (and other irreplaceable memories)
• Personal computer (e.g., information on hard drives and disks)
Once residents leave, they will not be allowed in until the area is deemed safe again. Law enforcement officers will be patrolling the closed area to provide security 24/7.
The Red Cross Shelter will be located in the gymnasium at the Payson High School on the south side of campus, 301 South McLane, Payson, AZ 85541.
The Payson Multi Event Center at 1400 S. Beeline Highway, Payson, AZ is open for ALL large animals.
Residents are responsible for caring for their own livestock.
The Payson Horseman’s Association (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1433430626737681/) is available to assist in moving livestock. If you have a truck and stock trailer and are willing to assist please contact Mary Little at 928-970-2731. The Town of Payson will provide water and stalls at the facility. Residents are responsible for providing feed, etc.
Financial contributions to a recognized organization are the most effective way of helping those impacted by disaster to allow them to fund response and recovery efforts, obtain goods and services locally, and provide direct financial assistance to help evacuees to meet their own needs. Consider a financial contribution to the voluntary organization of your choice.
There is no need for donations of any items for evacuees at this time. Please confirm needs by contacting the organization of your choice before taking action.
Here are some general guidelines ways you can show support for firefighters.
- Help keep firefighters safe by creating defensible space around your home. Creating defensible space around your home is absolutely the BEST thing you can do to help firefighters. Learn how at http://firewise.org.
- Post thank you banners / signs in the community and on social media. This is a great morale booster for firefighters after a long shift!
- Write thank you notes to firefighters. Drop them off at the incident command post so they can be posted or shared.
- Write thank you letters to firefighters families. Put them in blank, stamped envelopes. After briefings or after shifts, firefighters can address letters to parents, kids, spouses, etc.
- Consider a Donation to Your Local Fire Department
- Consider a Donation to a firefighter support organization of your choice.
Remain alert and keep yourself informed of the situation.
In case of emergency, please call 9-1-1.
Evacuation Information - (928) 474-5177
Highline Fire Information: (928) 985-0097 and (928) 362-2916.
Media may call 928-793-1955.
Arizona Emergency Information Network: http://azein.gov
Information and an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter will be available at the Red Cross Shelter at the Payson High School.