The State of California is asking for more help from Arizona to assist with the multiple fires burning across the southern part of the state.
Today, the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management received an order for an additional 22 engines, for a total of 42 engines and nearly 150 firefighters.
Many of the Arizona crews that have already arrived in California were assigned to the Lilac Fire in San Diego County. Those crews are working as strike teams by providing initial attack and being used for structure protection.

State Route 67 between Jacob Lake (US 89A) and the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is scheduled to close for the winter season on Tuesday, Dec. 5. 

ADOT doesn’t clear snow from SR 67 during the winter since North Rim visitor accommodations are closed. The highway reopens each spring, usually around mid-May. US 89A remains open during the winter.

ADOT reminds motorists heading into snow country to drive with caution and follow this advice:

Starting tomorrow, the Department of Forestry and Fire Management will begin a 2-day pile burning operation in Northeastern Arizona, near Eagar.
The burn will take place at the base of Flat Top Mountain beginning at 7:00 am Wednesday, November 15th and continue through Thursday, November 16th.
Burning will run through mid-afternoon on both days and then Arizona State Forestry crews will monitor piles into the evening.
Fire equipment and personnel are deploying to California to support wildland fire suppression efforts through state-to-state mutual aid compact.

Arizona understands the devastating impact wildfires can have on communities,” said Governor Ducey.  “We are proud to support our neighboring state with vital response resources to enhance fire suppression efforts. Our unwavering gratitude is with the brave men and women fighting these fires.”

Fire managers on the Verde Ranger District have several fuel treatments planned October 16th through November 20th; depending on current and expected weather conditions.  Tactics to keep smoke impacts as minimal as possible include canceling approved burns when conditions aren’t favorable, timing daytime ignitions to allow the majority of smoke to disperse prior to settling overnight, and burning larger sections at a time when conditions are favorable to reduce the overall number of days smoke is in the area.

On Oct. 19 at 10:19 a.m., more than 74,500 Arizonans will "Drop, Cover and Hold On" as part of the Great Arizona ShakeOut earthquake preparedness drill. This includes tens of thousands of school-age children; university students and staff; county, state and federal employees; tribal communities; health facilities; civic groups and businesses.


The recent flows from summer monsoon rains have eroded embankments at a number of locations within Nogales Wash, exposing and threatening critical infrastructure and property. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) is working to stabilize banks along the Nogales Wash.

The Arizona Department of Transportation delivered 70, 20-foot sections of concrete barrier to assist in the erosion mitigation along the banks of the Nogales Wash.


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