Yuma

Based on new information from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is advising residents to not eat romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine due to an outbreak of E. coliO157. Five cases have been identified in Arizona—four from Maricopa and one from Pinal County—linked to this multi-state  outbreak. 

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is advising residents to not eat and dispose of store-bought chopped romaine lettuce, including salads and salad mixes containing chopped romaine lettuce. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration indicated a multi-state outbreak of E. coli O157 is likely associated with chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. Three cases of E. coli in Arizona have been linked to this multistate outbreak.

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is issuing a dust High Pollution Advisory (HPA) for Feb. 19, 2018, for coarse particulate matter (PM-10) for the Yuma area in Arizona. This HPA is due to particle pollutant levels expected to accumulate enough to exceed the federal health standard for PM-10.

The 4th of July is less than a week away! According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) research, every 4th of July, thousands of people (most often children and teens) are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks - devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death (and civil/criminal liability).

Imperial Fire is located on the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge on the California side of the river between Ferguson Lake and the old gauging station across from the Eureka Mine area.

The perimeter of the fire is estimated at 100 acres.

Management of the fire transitioned to a Type 3 team Sunday evening to assist the local agency with fire suppression. The Imperial Fire continues to burn slowly downstream on the California side of the Colorado River and is only accessible by boat. The western side of the fire is desert upland habitat.

On Sunday June 19, 2016,  the Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross  in partnership with the Yuma County Health Department and the Yuma County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will open a cooling facility at the  Crescent Center Mall located at Yuma,+AZ+85364/@32.6829664,-114.6276355,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x80d658a988644587:0xc956d6c9ab30ae34!8m2!3d32.6829664!4d-114.6254468">2450 S.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has determined that the cause of the Mittry Lake Fire was fireworks.  The investigation is ongoing and we are asking the public if they have any information about the cause of this fire to call the BLM office at 928-317-3200.  ***Side Note - Fireworks are illegal on public lands.

Firefighters will continue to be in the area for the next several days to monitor the fire and check for hot spots.  The public is asked to use extreme caution when traveling in the area for the next several days due to fire traffic and personnel on the road. 

The Mittry Lake Fire has burned on both sides of Mittry Lake Road. Today firefighters will work on hot spots along Mittry Lake Road and will work to rehab to the jetties that were burned.

Mittry Lake Road continues to be closed starting at the Betty’s Kitchen turn-off and opening up again on the east side of the Boat Ramp.

Firefighter and public safety continue to be top priorities for this fire. The public is advised to stay away from the area until the fire in completely contained.

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