On May 4th, 2015, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to proclaim the month of May as “Yavapai County’s Wildfire Community Preparedness Month”. The proclamation highlights the unique risks posed by wildfire, and the preparedness measures citizens can take to mitigate the potential hazard.
Wildfires are never out of season, and now is the time to create defensible space around your home. Cut away vegetation 5 to 30 feet from all structures. Remove all debris and dead vegetation from roofs, decks, and the ground around your home.
Yavapai County annual FREE slash drop-off program is currently available at county transfer stations April 1 through June 1. The City of Prescott is also offering a FREE Slash drop-off program at the Sun Dog transfer station, each Saturday during the month of June.
Yavapai County of Emergency Management wants to remind residents of Yavapai County that, “It’s Too Late When Told to Evacuate!” Be Firewise by having a plan in place before you are told to evacuate.
PREPARE- your property, family & pets – PLAN – who will you call, were will you meet, what will you take – BUILD A TO-GO KIT – food, water, medicine, personal needs etc. STAY INFORMED – radio, news, online.
Using the “Five P”s is a great start to make sure you don’t leave anything important behind.
We highly encourage residents to sign up with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Emergency Notification System to be notified during emergency situations at: http://www.ycsoaz.gov/community/emergency-preparedness/ens/
IT’S TOO LATE WHEN TOLD TO EVACUATE! BE FIREWISE For more on being prepared, please contact Yavapai County Emergency Management 928-771-3321 www.regionalinfo-alert.org
Simple tips to follow: Preparedness Planning
APS will be conducting a pole replacement project between Cleator and Crown King during the week of May 11th. APS will have a significant amount of equipment along the road and a helicopter working with line crews to set poles Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (May 11th-13th). No road closures will be in place however they will have some traffic control/warning signs in some strategic locations to provide for traffic safety. There will be two planned power outages on Tuesday and Wednesday which has been communicated to the customers in the Crown King Community. For questions or more information please contact, Darla DeVille, Community Affairs Manager, at 928-443-6614.
It’s Too Late, When Told To Evacuate! Cut away vegetation 5 to 30 feet from all structures. Remove all debris and dead vegetation from roofs, decks, and the ground around your home. Create a To Go Kit, Make a Plan by discussing with your family how you will respond if a emergency impacts your family, Stay Informed by registering for emergency alerts with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office athttp://www.ycsoaz.gov/community/emergency-preparedness/
Join the Nation this Saturday May 2nd for Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. To learn more please visit: www.WildfirePreDay.org
U.S. Forest Service Prescott National Forest responded to a 7 Acre Pasture Fire on I-17.
Prescott, AZ (April 30, 2015) –Firefighters have contained the 7 acre Pasture Fire that is burning on the east side of I-17, north of Cordes Junction at mile marker 271. The grass fire was started from sparks off the rim of a blown tire. Winds, prolonged drought, and high temperatures have combined to make Arizona’s forests and desert areas EXTREMELY dry this year. Conditions change; for your safety, stay informed on current and predicted conditions in your community, and when you are enjoying the outdoors.
REMINDER One less Spark, One less Wildfire
Pausing or parking a car or truck in tall grass or over shrubs can start fires. This not only may damage your vehicle but may also start a quickly moving fire. Do not park where vegetation is touching the underside of your vehicle. Also be sure that all vehicles and tires are in excellent working order; safety chains or other trailer equipment must not drag or dangle; these can get hot or create sparks causing not just one but multiple wildfires. Look behind you as your driving to make sure all is well. It’s always a good idea to carry a fire extinguisher.
Know Before You Go! To help you understand where and when fire restrictions and possible closures exist, there are several resources available. Check current fire information and restrictions at www.wildlandfire.AZ.gov or at www.firerestrictions.us call 1-877-864-6985.
THINK BEFORE YOU ACT!
It only takes one spark to start a wildfire. Chainsaws, dragging trailer safety chains, carelessly tossed cigarettes, fireworks, abandoned campfires, and discharge of firearms are all known causes of wildfire. Wildfires impact recreation areas, may destroy homes, and threaten lives
SOUTHWEST WILDFIRE AWARENESS WEEK
It’s Too Late, When Told To Evacuate!
The Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management team, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, federal, state, local, and tribal partners are strongly recommending that all residents prepare for the 2015 fire season by participating in the Southwest Wildfire Awareness Week, March 29th – April 4th, 2015.
This year’s theme is “Where We Live, How We Live, Living with Wildfire.” The focus of the week is to increase awareness and to promote actions that reduce the risk from wildfire to homes and communities.
Here is some useful information related to wildfire preparedness, listed below are just a few sites that can help you and your community prepare and become wildfire aware.
Ready, Set, Go! Create a Wildfire Action Plan for Your Home. Learn more at http://www.wildlandfirersg.org/.
http://wildlandfire.az.gov/links.asp#Firewise- AZ Interagency Wildfire Prevention and Information – This page is full of very useful links on these topics: Wildfire News and Info – Arizona Fire Ecology – Wildland Fire–Firewise Resources – Smoke and Air Quality – Before a Wildfire – During a Wildfire – After a Wildfire–How To Help – Fire Prevention and Education.
Know before you go. Current fire information and restrictions: www.wildlandfire.AZ.gov or call 1-877-864-6985
http://www.firewise.org/wildfire-preparedness.aspx – Protect your home from wildfire. Remove leaves and pine needles from your roof, gutters & deck. If fire danger is high, move items that will burn like wood piles, lawn chairs & grills away from your home.
www.FireAdapted.org – It’s not if, but when the next wildfire will threaten your community. Where We Live, How We Live…Living with Wildfire in the Southwest. Wildfire season is here. Prepare. Protect. Prevail.
http://wildlandfire.az.gov/prevention_news.asp – It only takes one spark on dry grass, leaves, branches or pine needles to start a wildfire. Even live trees and brush are dry enough to easily ignite. Wildfires impact recreation areas and may destroy homes and cabins, and threaten lives.
For information and assstance in your area please reach out to your Local Fire Departments – http://www.regionalinfo-alert.org/?page_id=104
Firewise preparations also includes having a plan in place before you are told to evacuate.
It’s Too Late, When Told To Evacuate! BE FIREWISE
VERDE VALLEY COMMUNITY CLEAN UP
WHERE: Camp Verde Transfer Station – 2600 E. Hwy 260,
7 mi. East of I-17
WHEN: March 19th, 20th, 21st, 26th, 27th, 28th and April 2nd, 3rd, 4th
TIME: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
Please see the attached flyer for more information. Verde Cleanup Flyer 2015