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Pile Burning Planned April 28-May 2 in the Prescott Basin

Pile Burning Planned April 28-May 2 in the Prescott Basin

Pile Burning Planned April 28-May 2 in the Prescott Basin

The Prescott National Forest fire managers plan to continue fuels treatment in the Prescott Basin. Benefits from these treatment help to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to the wildland urban interface and increase ecosystem and community resilience. Burning will start on Thursday, April 28 and could continue through Monday, May 2 pending favorable weather conditions.

Groom Creek Horse Camp Piles – 1 acre of piles that are located approximately 5 miles south Prescott, near the community of Groom Creek (T13N, R2W, S35).
Wolf Creek Campground Piles – 1 acre of piles that are located approximately 6 miles south of Prescott, near the community of Groom Creek (T13N, R2W, S34).
Mt Francis Fuel Break Piles – 40 acres of piles that are located approximately 6 miles south of Prescott, east of Highway 89 near Ponderosa Park (T13N, R2W, S31).
Horsethief Lake Piles – 5 acres piles that are located approximately 3 miles south and east of Crown King (T10N, R1E, S31).
Burning of debris left over from thinning projects require moisture in the surrounding vegetation and typically produces much lighter smoke than broadcast burning. Pile burning is one piece of the ongoing fuels reduction work in the Prescott basin.
All prescribed fires activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather, fuels and conditions that minimize smoke impacts as best as possible and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (www.azdeq.gov).

The public can obtain additional prescribed fire information via the following:
• Prescott NF Fire Information Hotline: (928) 777-5799
• Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/
• Local Ranger Stations: Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000; Chino Valley Ranger District (928) 777-2200; Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121

Update on Cleator Fire from Prescott National Forest

Update on Cleator Fire from Prescott National Forest

The Cleator Fire is approximately 141 acres with 50% containment; burning on the Bradshaw Ranger District approximately 1 ½ miles south and west of Cleator. The fire is moving slowly to the south and east into Castle Creek Wilderness with little growth expected this evening due to cooler temperatures and higher humidity. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Resources assigned to the Cleator Fire include the Blue Ridge and Flagstaff Hotshots; one Type-2 crew from Arizona State, three Engines, one Type-3 Helicopter and miscellaneous overhead.
REMINDER Campfire Safety – Your Arizona Forests would like to remind forest visitors about the use of campfires; we all have a role to play in preventing human-caused fires.
• Don’t throw cigarette butts in the forest or out vehicle windows.
• Keep your campfires small. Bring water and a shovel to extinguish your campfire.
• If possible use an established campfire ring.
• Build campfires away from overhanging branches, steep slopes, dry grass, pine needles and leaves.
• Pile extra wood away from the fire.
• Clear the ground to bare soil within a 10-foot diameter circle.
• Never leave your campfire unattended. Even a small breeze could cause the fire to spread by carrying hot embers out of your fire ring.
• Do not bury your coals as they can smolder and re-ignite later.
• When extinguishing your campfire, use the Pour, Stir, Feel method. Pour water onto your campfire. With a shovel, stir the ashes and embers, using dirt to help cool the fire faster. Gently feel with the back of your hand for any heat in your campfire. If it’s too hot to touch, than it’s too hot to leave. Repeat these steps until you are certain your campfire is Dead-Out. When it’s cool enough to stick your hand in, it’s cool enough to leave.

For more information on Campfire Safety, review Smokey Bear’s Campfire Safety Guide at http://www.smokeybear.com/campfire-safety.asp.

The public can obtain fire information via the following:
• Prescott National Forest Fire Information Hotline: 928-777-5799
• Prescott National Forest Web Site: www.fs.fed.us/r3/prescott
• Fire Information: 928-925-1111
Cleator Fire

Cleator Fire

There is currently a fire off Cleator Road. It starting last night and has grown to about 50 acres. Currently a Type 3 Helicopter is responding, and multiple resources have been on scene since last night. Today a Type 1 crew is responding as well as additional engines. Additional information will posted once we receive an update. Yavapai County is in a high wind advisory. Please consider rescheduling any projects that may be spark producing, always use an ashtray, and make sure no items are dragging from your vehicles or trailers.

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR APACHE...COCONINO... NORTHERN GILA...NAVAJO...AND YAVAPAI COUNTIES IN NORTHERN ARIZONA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

VERY STRONG SOUTHWESTERLY WINDS WILL DEVELOP BY MID MORNING AND CONTINUE THROUGH EARLY EVENING. A HIGH WIND WARNING IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM TO 8 PM MST FOR PORTIONS OF EAST CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST
ARIZONA WITH WIND GUSTS 55 TO 65 MPH. ELSEWHERE ACROSS THE STATE, A WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR GUSTS 40 TO 55 MPH. THE STRONG WIND WILL COMBINE WITH LOW HUMIDITY TO PRODUCE CRITICAL FIRE
WEATHER ACROSS PORTIONS OF NORTHEASTERN ARIZONA WHERE A RED FLAG WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED. IN ADDITION, SHOWERS AND A FEW THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE FROM AROUND FLAGSTAFF NORTHWARD TODAY.
SOME LIGHT SNOW ACCUMULATION IS POSSIBLE ACROSS THE KAIBAB PLATEAU ABOVE 7000 FEET AND THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE SAN FRANCISCO PEAKS.
Annual County FREE slash Program

Annual County FREE slash Program

It’s Too Late, When Told To Evacuate! BE FIREWISE

The Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management with support from the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors is strongly recommending that all residents prepare for the 2016 fire season by being “FIREWISE.”

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.

The annual FREE slash (brush, branches, grass, leaves and yard trimmings) drop-off program is available at county transfer stations for two months beginning April 11th running through June 11th. County transfer stations are located in Black Canyon City, Camp Verde, Congress, Mayer, Paulden, Seligman, and Skull Valley. All slash must be removed from plastic bags. Flyer Free Slash Spring 2016 .pdf

Firewise preparations should also include having a plan in place before you are told to evacuate. The American Red Cross has some great online tools: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/preparedness

Using the “Five P”s is a great start to make sure you don’t leave anything important behind.
1. PRESCRIPTIONS – Have a week’s supply of all individuals’ medications and eyeglasses ready.
2. PETS – Food, water, tags, pet carrier or livestock transportation standing by.
3. PAPERS – Money, important documents and records should be kept together for quick access.
4. PICTURES – irreplaceable memories and items.
5. PHONES & COMPUTERS – Information on hard drives and disks as well as charging devices. 

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

 

Sandbag and Sand Locations

Sandbag and Sand Locations

Thunderstorms can linger over any area dropping intense amounts of water in a short period of time. Your home or business could be at risk for flooding.

Anywhere it rains, it could flood. Even if an area hasn’t experienced a flood in the past, does not mean it can’t happen in the future. Flood risk isn’t just based on history; it can also be based on rainfall, topography, flood-control measures, river-flow and changes due to new construction and development.

Current sandbag and sand locations within Yavapai county: (Must fill your own – Please bring a shovel)
– Yavapai County Public Works yard in Prescott – 1100 Commerce Drive, Prescott
– Yavapai County Verde Valley Public Works yard – 4000 West Cherry Road, Verde Valley
– Prescott Fire Station – 333 White Spar Rd, Prescott
– Prescott Fire Station – 1980 Club House Drive, near the airport, Prescott
– Prescott/Central Fire Station – 1700 Iron Springs Road, Prescott
– Central Yavapai Fire Station – 4125 W. Outer Loop Rd, Prescott
– Central Yavapai Fire Station PV – 8555 E Yavapai Rd, Prescott Valley
– Williamson Valley trailhead 308 – 347 across from Granite Oaks Dr. 7 miles North of Iron Springs Rd
– Mayer Fire Station – 10001 South Miami Street, Mayer
– Black Canyon Fire Station – 35050 Old Black Canyon Hwy, Black Canyon City
– Juniper Woods – Church off Bullock Rd., Juniper Woods
– Seligman Fire – Hwy 66 and 2nd Street
– Verde Valley Fire St 31, 2700 Godard Road, Cottonwood
– Verde Valley Fire St 32, 1120 S. Page Springs Road, Cornville
– Lake Montezuma – Sycamore Park
– Lake Montezuma – corner of Beaver Creek Rd & Lookout Point Rd
– Sedona Fire – Sedona Red Rock High School – 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd, Sedona
– Sedona Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road
– Sedona Uptown Public Parking Lot, 260 Schnebly Road
– Sedona United Methodist Church, 110 Indian Cliffs Road

Please view the links below for more flooding information in Yavapai County. Along with safety tips and a sandbagging handout on how to stack sandbags properly to increase their effectiveness.

Yavapai Flood Control – http://www.ycflood.com/
Sandbag Document – Sandbagging Handout
Flood insurance information, Flood Smart - https://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/
Flood Preparation and Safety Handout – In English English FloodPreparationSafetyBrochure_F684_062014
In Spanish Spanish f684s_preparacion_08_08

NEVER drive through flooded roadways. STOP! Turn Around Don’t Drown.
• Vehicles can be swept away by less than 2 feet of water.
• The roadbed may be washed out.
• You can lose control of your vehicle in only a few inches of water.
• Do not drive around a barricade. Turn around and go another way!
• Other tips – BEFORE A FLOOD TIPS

To prepare for a flood, you should:
• Build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
• Elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel in your home if you live in an area that has a high flood risk.
• Consider installing “check valves” to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home.

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!

Heavy Rain Possible This Fall

Heavy Rain Possible This Fall

Typical El Niño Pattern

This fall the El Nino pattern may produce heavier rains than normal, are you prepared? Only a few inches of water can create a large amount of loss. 

Know the facts:

  • Flash floods often bring walls of water 10 to 15 feet high.
  • A car can easily be carried away by just two feet of rushing water.
  • Winter storms and snowmelt are common (but often overlooked) causes of flooding.
  • New land development can increase flood risk, especially if the construction changes natural runoff paths.
  • Federal disaster assistance is usually a loan that must be paid back with interest. For a $50,000 loan at 4% interest, your monthly payment would be around $240 a month ($2,880 a year) for 30 years. Compare that to a $100,000 flood insurance premium, which is about $400 a year ($33 a month).
  • A Preferred Risk Policy provides both building and contents coverage for properties in moderate- to low-risk areas for one low-price.
  • In most cases, it takes 30 days after purchase for a policy to take effect, so it’s important to buy insurance before the storm approaches and the floodwaters start to rise.
  • In a high-risk area, your home is more likely to be damaged by flood than by fire.
  • Even though flood insurance isn’t federally required, anyone can be financially vulnerable to floods. In fact, people outside of mapped high-risk flood areas file over 20-percent of all National Flood Insurance Program flood insurance claims and receive one-third of Federal Disaster Assistance for flooding.
  • From 2005 to 2014, total flood insurance claims averaged more than $3.5 billion per year.
  • When your community participates in the Community Rating System (CRS), you can qualify for an insurance premium reduction discount of up to 45% if you live in a high-risk area and up to 10% in moderate- to low-risk areas.

Protect yourself and property!

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!

The ABCs of Back-to-School Preparedness

The ABCs of Back-to-School Preparedness

Parents and caregivers! Disasters can strike even when your child is away at school, so it is important to have plans in place so you can connect during an emergency. Preparing your child for emergencies that may happen during the school day is as easy as A-B-C.

From wildfires to water main break, emergencies can occur with little or no warning—even during the school day. As children head back to school, take a few steps to help protect your child from an emergency and to reunite with your child quickly and safely.

There are three steps you should take to protect your child:

A: Ask how you will be reunited with your child in an emergency or evacuation;
B: Bring extra medications, special food, or supplies your child will need if you are separated overnight; and
C: Complete a backpack card and tuck one in your child’s backpack and your wallet.

To learn more, visit emergency.cdc.gov/children. You can also download and complete the Family Emergency Communication Plan now available from America’s PrepareAthon!

Creating your Family Emergency Communication Plan starts with one simple question: “What if?”

“What if something happens and I’m not with my family?” “Will I be able to reach them?” “How will I know they are safe?” “How can I let them know I’m OK?” During a disaster, you will need to send and receive information from your family.

Communication networks, such as mobile phones and computers, could be unreliable during disasters, and electricity could be disrupted. Planning in advance will help ensure that all the members of your household—including children and individuals with access or functional needs, as well as outside caregivers—know how to reach each other and where to meet up in an emergency. Planning starts with three easy steps: COLLECT – SHARE – PRACTICE.

IT’S TOO LATE, WHEN TOLD TO EVACUATE!
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Vehicle Travel Preparedness Tips

Vehicle Travel Preparedness Tips

National Preparedness month, can be summed up in one word, PREPARE. 

Vehicle Travel Preparedness Tips:

Being prepared isn’t always related to large emergency events. We can all incorporate preparedness into our everyday lives. It can be part of your check off list as we approach this holiday weekend. Adding a few extra items to your vehicles or luggage can help you and your loved ones be prepared in case of an emergency during your travels.

Emergency planning is just one small additional step in planning your trip. You know where you’re going, how you’re getting there, and when you’re coming back. To begin your emergency planning, all you have to do is imagine what emergencies might pop up along the way. A fairly likely scenario is breaking down at night on a rural stretch of road with no cell phone reception, and guess what; you’re camping for the night. No problem, if you’re prepared with a good vehicle emergency kit.

Alerts: The Red Cross provides several free emergency preparedness guide apps for iPhone and Android. While traveling, one app uses location services to tell you what county you’re in and if that county is experiencing any severe weather or emergency alerts. Other apps give tips on what to do in case of a storm, tornado, hurricane or another crisis. Visit www.redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps for more information. Within Yavapai County make sure to sign up with Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Notification System at: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/A45C10E5EC0F

Supplies:

Before you take off to travel, check the tires, check the AC. Check the spare tire and make sure it has air in it. Always carry the necessary equipment for changing a tire―a working jack, an inflated spare tire, a lug nut wrench or tire iron, and pipe for leverage. These items should always be stored in their designated place in your car’s trunk or hatchback. Check towing equipment, dragging chains will throw sparks. Never substitute parts when towing. Only use appropriate safety pins & hitch ball.

A flashlight with batteries, jumper cables, basic first aid supplies, 1-2 gallons of bottled water, snack items, a small shovel and a blanket are all useful in case you’re lost, stranded or stuck in a traffic jam. Include diapers, wipes and a change of clothes if traveling with infants or children. Always keep a cell phone charger in the vehicle so you can make emergency calls without worrying about a dead battery.

Write down important information, and keep it in a secure place. Don’t only rely on your cell phone or laptop to store your emergency contact numbers, etc. Keep a hard copy back-up on you. Always tell someone where you are doing, what route you are taking and when you plan on reaching your destination. You never know where you might be when a disaster strikes.

One item some people might not think about is a whistle. In cases where cars have gone off course and landed in ravines that aren’t visible from the road, it’s difficult to receive help if no one can see or hear them. A loud whistle carries farther than shouting voices, alerting rescuers to the location. Another useful item is a large umbrella. Not only do they protect you from the rain, but they also provide shade if you’re broken down on the side of the road on a hot day waiting for a tow truck.

Traveling emergency preparedness may not only benefit you but could also save a life another traveler. Don’t wait, Communicate. Participate in National Preparedness Month by using this holiday weekend as an opportunity to start your emergency preparedness kit and plans.

Additional CAR Recommended Items: A CAR traveling emergency kit (in addition to your personal needs) should include:

  • Jumper cables 
  • A flashlight with fresh batteries 
  • A Phillips head screwdriver 
  • A flat head screwdriver 
  • Vise grips 
  • An adjustable wrench 
  • A pair of pliers 
  • A tire inflator 
  • A tire pressure gauge 
  • Some rags and a funnel 
  • A roll of duct tape 
  • A roll of paper towels 
  • A roadside emergency card 
  • Triangle reflectors and/or flares. 
  • A pocketknife 
  • Bottled water 
  • One gallon of antifreeze 
  • A blanket 
  • Small fire extinguisher
September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month

Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today 

September is National Preparedness Month. Sponsored by FEMA, National Preparedness Month aims to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies.

National Preparedness Month is a time to prepare yourself and those in your care for emergencies and disasters, both large scale and smaller local events. We know that emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like yours, to people like you. To learn how you can prepare, please add http://www.regionalinfo-alert.org/to your favorites and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/YCOEM.

Throughout the month of September we will be posting preparedness information as well as some useful links to help you get started.

Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today Log into http://www.community.fema.gov/ and join the nation for National Preparedness Month.

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