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Winter Storm Systems will Impact Northern Arizona

Winter Storm Systems will Impact Northern Arizona

Cold, wet, and icy weather into the weekend. Please drive safely. Keep extra water, snacks, and emergency supplies such as blankets and flashlights with you in case of delays.
-Turn Around, Don’t Drown! ®
-Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
-Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
-If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground.
-slow down and break early.
-listen for weather alerts
-share your travel route with family and friends

Winter Storm Warning

Winter Storm Warning

SAT DEC 24 2016
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 11 PM MST THIS EVENING...

(Please make sure to review the winter preparedness information below this post. Share you travel itinerary with friends and family, slow down, keep emergency supplies with you, never cross flooded roads, keep back up power with you and alternate ways to communicate.)

* TIMING...RAIN AND SNOW SHOWERS WILL SPREAD FROM WEST TO EAST EARLY THIS MORNING. STEADIER AND HEAVIER SNOW WILL DEVELOP DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS. THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL IS
LIKELY FROM ABOUT NOON UNTIL 8 PM MST...WITH THE EARLIER TIMES IN THE WEST AND THE LATER HOURS TO THE EAST.

* GENERAL EVENT TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...8 TO 12 INCHES OF SNOW BETWEEN 6000 AND 8000 FEET...WITH 10 TO 20 INCHES OF SNOW ABOVE 8000 FEET. PORTIONS OF YAVAPAI COUNTY ABOVE 6000 FEET WILL SEE 6 TO 10 INCHES. SEE DETAILS BELOW OR CONSULT POINT
SPECIFIC FORECAST AT: WEATHER.GOV/FLAGSTAFF.

* SNOWFALL FORECAST FROM 11 AM MST TODAY UNTIL 11 PM MST THIS EVENING...

DONEY PARK 3 TO 5 INCHES
FLAGSTAFF 7 TO 11 INCHES
FOREST LAKES 8 TO 12 INCHES
FREDONIA 1 TO 2 INCHES
GRAND CANYON 2 TO 4 INCHES
HEBER-OVERGAARD 2 TO 4 INCHES
JACOB LAKE 2 TO 4 INCHES
NORTH RIM 5 TO 9 INCHES
PRESCOTT VALLEY 1 TO 3 INCHES
PRESCOTT 3 TO 5 INCHES
SELIGMAN 1 TO 3 INCHES
VALLE 1 TO 3 INCHES
WILLIAMS 7 TO 11 INCHES

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR CCURRING...DUE TO SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW AND
STRONG WINDS PRODUCING LIMITED VISIBILITIES.

DRIVING WILL BE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS DURING THIS STORM. FOR THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS AND CLOSURES...CALL THE ADOT FREEWAY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AT 1 888 411 7623 OR VISIT THEIR WEB SITE AT
WWW.AZ511.COM.

ADDITIONAL WEATHER INFORMATION IS ON THE WEB AT
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/FLAGSTAFF.
Disposing of Firewood Ashes Safely

Disposing of Firewood Ashes Safely

Proper Disposal of Ashes

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:

1. You should always place discarded fireplace ashes in a heavy metal container, moisten the ashes, and cover the container with a metal lid. NEVER USE a paper bag, a cardboard box, or a plastic trash bag in the cleaning process. NEVER USE a vacuum cleaner to pick up ashes.

2. Wood ash is a strong alkaline (like bleach) and should be handled with caution. Wear eye protection, gloves, and a dust mask while handling, and avoid windy conditions. Make sure ashes are completely "burned out" and cool before collecting them for use.

3. Ashes should be kept in a metal container outside, away from the house, in a cleared area to cool. Your garage, house, or deck are dangerous locations for ashes to cool. After ashes have cooled in a metal container, it is necessary to find a suitable disposal site. Never dump fireplace ashes until they have had at least four days to cool. Even after four days, great care should be given in selecting a dump site. Wooded areas should always be avoided.

4. The best way to ensure the ashes are not going to reignite is by submerging them in water. One such method is to submerge fireplace ashes by using a large steamer pot. Using a metal spoon, stir the ashes to break up the clumps. Once the ashes and logs have been soaked, carefully lift the center pot out, and safely dispose of the ashes in a container to be thrown out. The remaining liquid can be poured into a garden or flower bed.

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.
Possible Smoke Impacts on I-17 and Hwy 89 near Oak Creek

Possible Smoke Impacts on I-17 and Hwy 89 near Oak Creek

There is currently a wildfire 5 miles northwest of Munds Park called the Spur Fire. It is currently 595 acres and it is anticipated to grow to 600-800 acres today. The Coconino National Forest is conducting burnouts at this time.
Smoke impacts to I-17 are occurring at this time and are predicted to get worse into the evening and into the night. The Coconino NF is predicting that visibility will drop to near zero tonight along I-17 and possibly SR 89A in Oak Creek Canyon as the smoke lays down tonight. Rain showers are anticipated tomorrow.
At this time Public Safety is assessing the current smoke impacts. They will be staging traffic control on I-17 at Kachina SB and Munds Park North Bound in case a closure is needed later. Public Safety will be monitoring throughout the night.”
The Spur Fire began Friday (Oct. 28) about five miles northeast of Munds Park and is currently burning in an area with heavy forest fuels.
Based on current firefighter staffing and the expected fire behavior, burnout operations will be conducted today along Forest Road 132, FR 236 and FR 9487X roads to contain the Spur Fire and keep firefighters safe.
The current weather forecast predicts easterly winds through Friday, which means smoke will move toward the southwest and will be visible to motorists along the Interstate 17 between Kelly Canyon and Munds Park.
Winds are expected to continue through the evening and are expected to disperse the smoke, with minimal impacts to communities.
Signs will be posted in the immediate fire vicinity to warn forest users of the wildfire, but no restrictions or closures will be implemented at this time.
Source: Coconino National Forest
Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

Please click on the following link for tips on how to have a Happy Halloween. Halloween Safety 2016.pdf
Prescribed Burn Planned September 13th - 17th

Prescribed Burn Planned September 13th - 17th

Prescribed Burn Planned on the Bradshaw Ranger District
September 13th – 17th
 

Fire managers on the Bradshaw Ranger District are planning to begin two previously announced prescribed burns south of Prescott, Tuesday September 13th through Saturday September 17th; if conditions are favorable.

• Crooks prescribed fire is a 381 acre maintenance burn located 3 miles south of Prescott and adjacent to Ponderosa Park. Vegetation consists of chaparral and ponderosa pine. Night time smoke impacts could occur within the Ponderosa Park area and the Hassayampa River drainage. (T13N, R2W, Sec 29)

• Ponderosa prescribed fire is a 422 acre maintenance burn located 3 miles south of Prescott and adjacent to Ponderosa Park. Vegetation consists of ponderosa pine and chaparral. Night time smoke impacts could occur in Ponderosa Park and the Hassayampa River drainage. Major roads impacted could include Highway 89 and Ponderosa Park Rd (County Road 101). (T13N, R2W, Sec32)

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. These fires mimic natural fire by reducing forest fuels, recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. Each prescribed burn is designed to meet specific objectives. Benefits from these treatments help to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to the wildland urban interface and increase ecosystem and community resilience. Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.

All prescribed fire activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather forecasts, fuels moisture levels 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

Pile Burning Planned August 6-12 in the Prescott Basin

Pile Burning Planned August 6-12 in the Prescott Basin


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 continue through Friday, August 12, pending favorable weather conditions.

Fuel Break at the Ranch Piles – 45 acres of piles that are located on the west side of Walker Road, south of the Ranch of Prescott subdivision (T13N, R2W, S12).
This past week fire managers accomplished 20 acres of piles at the Highland Center for Natural History and 15 acres of the Ranch piles.  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).

Fire Has a Role

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
URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY

URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN FLAGSTAFF HAS ISSUED A

* URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR...
YAVAPAI COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ARIZONA...

* UNTIL 115 PM MST

* AT 1118 AM MST...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN DUE TO A LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS FROM THE IRON SPRINGS AREA THROUGH PRESCOTT AND
SOUTHEASTWARD TO MAYER. THIS WILL CAUSE URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOODING IN THE ADVISORY AREA. RAINFALL RATES OF GREATER THAN 1.5 INCHES PER HOUR ARE OCCURRING.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE... YAVAPAI CAMPGROUND...MAYER...WALKER...INDIAN HILL WEST PRESCOTT... GROOM CREEK SUBDIVISION...PRESCOTT...PRESCOTT VALLEY...
PONDEROSA PARK...PRESCOTT GATEWAY MALL...POLAND JUNCTION... IRON SPRINGS...YAVAPAI COUNTY COURTHOUSE PRESCOTT... OAK KNOLL VILLAGE...UPPER WOLF CREEK GROUP CAMPGROUND... LOWER WOLF CREEK CAMPGROUND... WHITE SPAR CAMPGROUND AND LYNX LAKE DAM.

THIS INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING STREAMS AND DRAINAGES...GRANITE CREEK...TURKEY CREEK...BIG BUG CREEK...TONTO WASH...SKULL VALLEY WASH...AND MAY OTHER AREA STREAMS AND DRAINAGES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CAUSE ELEVATED LEVELS ON SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS...AND PONDING OF WATER IN URBAN AREAS... HIGHWAYS...STREETS AND UNDERPASSES AS WELL AS OTHER POOR DRAINAGE
AREAS AND LOW LYING SPOTS.
Fire Ban in Place - Practice Fire Safety

Fire Ban in Place - Practice Fire Safety

As we approach this 4th of July holiday Yavapai County Emergency Management would like to remind residents that Yavapai County along with all local fire departments and districts is currently under fire restrictions. The county ban prohibits all open fires and campfires. Other types of outdoor fires banned are those that produce open flames such as lamp oil in tiki lamps. Fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays are prohibited. The ban also prohibits the outdoor use of equipment that generates open flames or a spark. This restricts the use of welding equipment and chain saws.

THINK BEFORE YOU ACT!
With extremely windy conditions sparks can turn into flames and flames can quickly spread with dry fuels. 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. Chainsaws, dragging trailer safety chains, carelessly tossed cigarettes, fireworks, abandoned campfires, and discharge of firearms are all known causes of wildfire.

The National Forest Service reminds us:
"One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire"

Each citizen has the responsibility to prevent human-caused wildfires and to protect their own property by creating fire-adapted communities and defensible space around their homes. The majority of wildfire starts are human-caused. Common ignition sources include power equipment, vehicles, and escaped debris burning. Many equipment and roadway fires are preventable with simple actions.

• Vehicle travel provides opportunities for sparks and heat sources to ignite dry, fine grasses.
Maintain brakes.
   o Keep tires properly inflated.
   o Shorten towing safety chains.
   o Ensure that nothing is dragging beneath the car (exhaust pipes, etc.)
   o Park well away from grasses; catalytic converters are hot and can start fires.
   o Carry a fire extinguisher in your car. Know how to use it.
   o Report all fires: call 9-1-1.
• Power equipment like mowers, weed trimmers, and tractors can spark a wildfire when used at the wrong time of day, in windy conditions, or in the wrong way.
   o Do yard work before 10 a.m. when temperatures are down and the relative humidity is higher.
   o Be sure equipment such as mowers, chainsaws and trimmers have spark arresters. 
   o Use string vegetation trimmers to cut tall, dry grass.
   o Remove rocks to avoid metal mower blades hitting rocks and creating sparks.
   o Grind, sharpen, and weld on a paved, enclosed area.
   o Be ready with water and a fire extinguisher to put out accidental sparks.
   o Report fires. Call 9-1-1.

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 YCEM 928-771-3321
www.regionalinfo-alert.org

 

Evacuations lifted

Evacuations lifted

Evacuations for Bug Creek Fire were lifted as of last night and roads were reopened
RED FLAG WARNING

RED FLAG WARNING

A Red Flag Warning is in effect today from noon to 6 pm mst for the areas below 6000 feet in the red shading. Windy conditions return to northern Arizona today. A Wind Advisory is in effect for Coconino and portions of Yavapai Counties where wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph are likely. Difficult travel possible on I-40 from Flagstaff to Kingman.

Yavapai County Emergency Management would like to remind residents to reduce the use of spark producing equipment on high windy days. It is important to inspect your vehicles brakes and look for dragging items. The National Forest Service reminds us: ONE LESS SPARK - ONE LESS WILDFIRE. wildlandfire.az.gov



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.
BURNING PLANNED

BURNING PLANNED

Pile Burning Planned April 12-15 On Mingus Mountain

Fire managers on the Verde Ranger District are planning to burn piles Tuesday, April 12 through Friday, April 15; pending favorable weather conditions.

Piles are located east of Highway 89A; at the junction of Forest Road 104 and Forest Road 413. Approximately 10 acres of piles per day will be treated. No road or trail closures are expected, but visitors should be cautious while traveling in the area.

Burning of debris left over from brush-crush and thinning projects require moisture in the surrounding vegetation and typically produces much lighter smoke than broadcast burning.

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

Weather Alert

Weather Alert

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM SUNDAY TO 5 PM MST MONDAY ABOVE 4000 FEET...

* TIMING...SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE ACROSS THE YAVAPAI COUNTY MOUNTAINS...NORTHEAST PLATEAUS AND MESAS...  AND NORTHERN GILA COUNTY MOUNTAINS SUNDAY NIGHT AND PERSIST THROUGH DAY MONDAY. SNOW LEVELS WILL START OUT AROUND 6500 TO 7000 FEET SUNDAY EVENING...THEN FALL RAPIDLY BY EARLY MONDAY MORNING TO AROUND 4000 FEET DURING THE DAY MONDAY.

* GENERAL EVENT TOTAL SNOW CCUMULATIONS...AROUND 3 TO 10 INCHES OF NEW SNOW ARE EXPECTED AT ELEVATIONS MAINLY ABOVE 4000... WITH LOCALLY HIGHER SNOWFALL POSSIBLE. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS NORTH  OF PRESCOTT WILL BE LESS THAN SNOWFALL AMOUNTS SOUTH OF THE CITY CENTER...HIGHER UP IN THE BRADSHAW MOUNTAINS. SEE DETAILS BELOW OR CONSULT POINT SPECIFIC FORECAST AT:   WEATHER.GOV/FLAGSTAFF.

* SNOWFALL FORECAST FROM 5 PM MST SUNDAY UNTIL 5 PM MST MONDAY...

PAYSON 4 TO 8 INCHES
PINE-STRAWBERRY 7 TO 11 INCHES
PRESCOTT VALLEY 4 TO 6 INCHES
PRESCOTT 4 TO 6 INCHES
SELIGMAN 3 TO 5 INCHES

* OTHER IMPACTS...BLOWING SNOW IN GUSTY WINDS MAY LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS IN NEAR ZERO VISIBILITY AT TIMES. THESE CONDITIONS WILL MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF FALLING SNOW WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES.

PLAN EXTRA TIME FOR TRAVEL...AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING. FORTHE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS AND CLOSURES...CALL THE ADOT FREEWAY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AT 1 888 411 7623 OR VISIT THEIR WEB SITE AT WWW.AZ511.COM.
Pile Burning Planned January 25-29 in the Prescott Basin

Pile Burning Planned January 25-29 in the Prescott Basin

Pile Burning Planned January 25-29 in the Prescott Basin 

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 of approximately 30 acres per day will start on Monday, January 25th and could continue through Friday, January 29th.


Spruce Mountain Piles – Piles are located approximately 5 miles south and east of Prescott near the community of Groom Creek (T13N, R2W, S36).

Mt Francis Piles – Piles are located approximately 4 miles south of Prescott, west of Highway 89A near Mt. Francis (T13N, R2W, S30).

Sierra Prieta Ridge Piles – Piles are located approximately 4 miles south and west of Prescott, near Sierra Prieta Overlook (T13N, R3W, S10).

Oak Knoll Piles  – Piles are located approximately 2 miles south of Prescott, east of White Spar Campground (T13N, R2W, S15).

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

WINTER WEATHER WARNING - Take time to Prepare

WINTER WEATHER WARNING - Take time to Prepare

YAVAPAI COUNTY IS UNDER A WINTER WEATHER WARNING

As winter storms approach northern Arizona over this evening and into Thursday and Friday, primary concerns are loss of heat, power and telephone service and a shortage of supplies if storm conditions continue for more than a day. Residents should prepare by adding additional items to your emergency kits. Please read this linked document for Winter Preparedness tips.

Weather Report: SNOW WILL DEVELOP TONIGHT AND CONTINUE THROUGH FRIDAY, WITH HIGHEST IMPACTS THIS EVENING INTO TOMORROW AFTERNOON. PEAK SNOW FALL WILL BE FROM 3 AM TO 3 PM. APPROXIMATE DURATION 36 HOURS.

SNOWFALL FORECAST FROM 8 PM MST THIS EVENING UNTIL 5 PM MST FRIDAY.

o PRESCOTT VALLEY 5 TO 9 INCHES
o PRESCOTT 8 TO 12 INCHES
o SELIGMAN 4 TO 8 INCHES

OTHER IMPACTS...
- EXPECT TRANSPORTATION ISSUES DUE TO SNOW PACKED ROADS AND WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS.
- EXPECT ENHANCED STREAM FLOWS AT LOWER ELEVATIONS OF YAVAPAI COUNTY. THERE IS NO FLOOD WARNING AT THIS TIME.
- POSSIBLE ACCESS ISSUES INTO THE BRADSHAWS AND OTHER REMOTE AREAS FOR RESPONSE.
- POSSIBLE POWER LOSS INTO REMOTE AREAS OF THE COUNTY
- ANTICIPATE HIGHEST IMPACTS TO BEGIN LATE AFTERNOON THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 2016.
SEE DETAILS BELOW OR CONSULT POINT SPECIFIC FORECAST AT: WWW.WEATHER.GOV/FLAGSTAFF

  

It's Too Late, When Told to Evacuate!

 

Winter Storm Watch for Yavapai County

Winter Storm Watch for Yavapai County

 

A winter advisory and winter storm watch has been issued for Yavapai County. Two storm systems will impact Yavapai County by Friday January 8th, 2016. Please disseminate for preparedness.

Storm 1

Timing: This afternoon into Wednesday Morning
Snow levels: above 6,000
Accumulation:
Groom Creek 3-7 inches
Walker 5 – 9 inches

Storm 2

Timing: Wednesday PM into Friday
Snow levels: Dropping to 4,000
Accumulation:
Prescott 7 to 12 inches (More in the higher elevations)
Walker 11 to 18 inches
Groom Creek 10 to 17 inches
Crown King 8 to 15 inches
Ashfork 6 to 12 inches
Seligman 4 to 9 inches
Jerome (Thursday) 2 to 5 inches
Sedona (Thursday) 2 to 4 inches

In Summary: Two significant storms are poised to impact northern Arizona. The first event will ramp up this afternoon and evening, and continue through noon Wednesday. Moderate to locally heavy snow is forecast, generally above 6000'. Please see the recently-issued Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories for the details on the forecast snow amounts and impacts.

A colder storm will hit the area Wednesday night and continue into Friday morning. Periods of moderate and occasionally heavy snow are expected, with snow levels forecast to fall to near 4000' by Thursday night. See the recently issued Winter Storm Watch for details.

This is a complex weather situation, and the details (rain/snow amounts, snow level, specific impacts) will continue to evolve with time.

Check the NWS Flagstaff website for the most up-to-date information, and be sure to call our 24hr Decision Support Hotline 928 774-4414 if you have any questions.

Cold System Heading to Northern Arizona

Cold System Heading to Northern Arizona

Flagstaff Weather forecast

• Windy conditions today and Friday. Local gusts in excess of 50 mph downwind of prominent terrain features possible tonight and Friday.
• Sharply colder with snow levels dropping to around 4500 feet on Saturday. Heaviest snowfall 5:00 pm Friday through Noon Saturday. Accumulations of 1 to 4 inches above 5000 feet. Trace amounts possible as low as 4500 feet.
• An even colder system heading for northern Arizona early next week. Expect an extended period of below normal temperatures with overnight low temperatures in the single digits to teens. Some snow accumulation is possible Monday and Tuesday, more as the system draws near.
Please see the attached file for more information: NWS Flagstaff Briefing - December 10 2015.pdf
Pile Burning Planned December 11-18 in the Prescott Basin

Pile Burning Planned December 11-18 in the Prescott Basin

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 Friday, December 11 and could continue through Friday, December 18.

Ponderosa Park Piles – Approximately 20 acres of piles south of Ponderosa Park and east of Highway 89 (T13N, R2W, Sec 32). No road or trail closures are expected with only limited smoke impacts to Lower Wolf Creek Road near Ponderosa Park.

Spence Spring Piles – Approximately 350 acres of machine piles located approximately 2 miles north and west of Thumb Butte and south of Iron Springs Road (T14N, R3W, Sec 22). No road or trail closures expected; some residual light smoke will remain overnight in the Emmanuel Pines area.

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

Pile Burning Planned November 17-20 in the Prescott Basin

Pile Burning Planned November 17-20 in the Prescott Basin

Pile Burning Planned November 17-20 in the Prescott Basin 

Recent moisture have provided an excellent opportunity for Prescott National Forest fire managers 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 Tuesday, November 17 and could continue through Friday, November 20.

Crown King Piles – Approximately 20 acres of piles located at the Crown King Administration Site just south of Crown King (T10N, R1W, Sec 15).

Spruce Mountain Piles – Approximately 100 acres of piles located on Spruce Mountain (T13N, R1W, Sec 31); southeast of the community of Groom Creek.

Prieta Overlook Piles – Approximately 90 acres of piles located south of Thumb Butte and north of the Sierra Prieta Overlook (T14N, R3W, Sec 10).
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

FLOOD ADVISORY

FLOOD ADVISORY

The storms just to the north and southeast of Chino Valley have come up in intensity a bit (12:20 pm). Could be some minor flooding issues.

1223 PM MST THU OCT 29 2015

...THE FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 215 PM MST FOR WEST CENTRAL YAVAPAI COUNTY...

AT 1220 PM MST...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN DUE TO THUNDERSTORMS...NOW ESPECIALLY NEAR CHINO VALLEY. THIS MAY CAUSE MINOR FLOODING IN THE ADVISORY AREA.

SOME LOCATIONS THAT MAY EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE...CHINO VALLEY AND WILLIAMSON.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

EXCESSIVE RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL MAY CAUSE FLOODING OF SMALL CREEKS AND STREAMS...AS WELL AS FARM AND COUNTRY ROADS. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL ACROSS FLOODED ROADS. FIND ALTERNATE ROUTES.
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