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
Winter Storm Preparedness
Before winter approaches, add the following supplies to your emergency kit:
Preparing for Loss of Power:
Primary concerns are loss of heat, power and telephone service and a shortage of supplies if storm conditions continue for more than a day.
Winterize Your Home
After an Outage
Plan your travel and check the latest weather reports to avoid the storm! Fully check and winterize your vehicle before a winter storm. Winter Driving Tips
Carry a Winter Storm Survival Kit:
Even though a fire may appear to be out, embers and ash can remain hot enough to start a fire days after you think the fire is out. Re-ignition from smoldering fireplace ashes continues to be the cause for deaths and injuries. To be safe, simply treat all ashes and coals as hot, even when you think they had time enough to cool. Proper disposal of fireplace ashes and hot embers is important to prevent fires.
When you clean your fireplace, there are a few things to keep in mind:
Proper Disposal of Fireplace Ashes
Garden areas or flower beds could be a possible location to dump the liquid from the soaked fireplace ashes allowing many nutrients to return to the soil. It can potentially be a fertilizer, a soil amendment, or as an insect repellent. Please survey the area and evaluate any additional hazards before disposing of your ash liquids or four day cooled ashes. Make sure all dry leaves have been removed from the area before dumping it into either a garden or flower bed that is away from the house, and remember to moisten the area. To read more details on what to check for when adding ashes to your gardens: Ashes as Fertilizer
Ashes from charcoal grills should never be used in the garden due to the chemical residues left by processed charcoal.
Did you know that wood ash gives traction to icy or snow-covered walkways? That’s welcome information, particularly for gardeners, who know too well how commercial de-icing products may damage lawns and plantings. Also, if the car gets stuck, sprinkling cold ash in front of and behind tires can help them grip.
If you have any questions related to fireplace ashes, or other fireplace related questions, please check with your local fire district or chimney specialist.
Fireplace & Chimney Safety
Fireplace weather has arrived. To some, there is nothing better than warming up next to a fire. It becomes the center of the home, a gathering place, and brings in the holiday spirit. Is your fireplace ready for company? Making sure your fireplace is safe and used properly should be one of the items on your holiday list and checked twice. We have gathered some helpful information for you about fireplace safety and how to properly dispose of ashes. Please take this time to read these tips to keep your home safe through the winter.
Fireplace safety tips:
Please watch for the next post on proper disposal of fire ashes.