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FLASH FLOOD WARNING

FLASH FLOOD WARNING

The National Weather Service in Flagstaff has issued a

* Flood Warning for Small Streams in...  Yavapai County in west central Arizona... * Until 345 PM MST Tuesday

* At 945 AM MST, River gages in Yavapai County indicated rising water levels along the Agua Fria River and tributaries as far   north as Lynx Creek in Prescott. Gages from Mayer southward are over flood stage and are expected to rise through the morning.
Emergency management officials in Yavapai County are reporting flooded tributaries and dangerously high water levels.

* Some locations that will experience flooding include... Prescott Valley, Dewey-Humboldt, Cordes Junction, Bumble Bee, Cordes Lakes, Black Canyon City, Poland Junction, Cordes, Spring Valley, Rock Springs, Mayer, Lynx Lake Dam.

Please avoid flooded areas. If you live in the area and notice high water please seek higher ground immediately.
Yavapai County Flood control are monitoring the water flows and more information will follow. Staff are in the area of Black Canyon City to asset the situation.

NEVER drive through flooded roadways. STOP! Turn Around Don’t Drown.·
• 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!
• Vehicles can be swept away by less than 2 feet of water.

WIND ADVISORY & HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

WIND ADVISORY & HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN FLAGSTAFF HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 5 PM MST THIS AFTERNOON. POSTED 337 AM MST MON JAN 23 2017

KAIBAB PLATEAU-COCONINO PLATEAU-YAVAPAI COUNTY MOUNTAINS- EASTERN MOGOLLON RIM- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...JACOB LAKE...FREDONIA... VALLE... PRESCOTT. ..SELIGMAN...ASH FORK...HEBER...HAPPY JACK... FOREST LAKES 337 AM MST MON JAN 23 2017

...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 5 PM MST THIS AFTERNOON...

* TIMING...STRONG GUSTY SOUTHWEST WINDS WILL DEVELOP THIS AFTERNOON AND LAST THROUGH THE EVENING HOURS.

* WINDS...SUSTAINED WINDS OF 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS BETWEEN 35 TO 45 MPH ARE EXPECTED. STRONGER WINDS WILL BE POSSIBLE IN WIND PRONE AREAS.

* IMPACTS...THESE WINDS WILL CREATE AN ADDITIONAL HAZARD TO HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES TRAVELING THROUGH THE AREA. WIND BLOWN DUST AND
SNOW WILL REDUCE VISIBILITIES TO LESS THAN A MILE AT TIMES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT SUSTAINED WINDS OF 30 TO 39 MPH...OR GUSTS FROM 40 TO 57 MPH...ARE EXPECTED. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT...ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES.  CONSIDER SECURING LOOSE BELONGINGS ON YOUR PROPERTY. ADDITIONAL WEATHER INFORMATION IS ON THE WEB AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/FLAGSTAFF

Hazardous Weather Outlook
HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FLAGSTAFF AZ
341 AM MST MON JAN 23 2017

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

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

THE THIRD OF THREE STORM SYSTEMS WILL BRING RAIN AND SNOW, AS WELL AS STRONG WINDS, TO NORTHERN ARIZONA TODAY. RAIN AND SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE FROM WEST TO EAST THROUGH THE DAY. THE  BEST CHANCES FOR HEAVY PRECIPITATION WILL BE THROUGH LATE TONIGHT.

A WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR MOST LOCATIONS ABOVE 6000 FEET. A WIND ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR MOST LOCATIONS ACROSS THE HIGH COUNTRY FOR ELEVATIONS BELOW 6000 FEET.

DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY DUE TO SNOW PACKED AND SLICK ROADS. VISIBILITIES COULD ALSO BE SEVERELY REDUCED DUE TO BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.

FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS PLEASE CONSULT POINT SPECIFIC FORECASTS AT: WEATHER.GOV/FLAGSTAFF.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY

THE STORM SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO LAST THROUGH THE EARLY HOURS OF TUESDAY MORNING WITH WINTER WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS REMAINING IN EFFECT  UNTIL NOON TUESDAY FOR MOST LOCATIONS ABOVE 6000 FEET.

DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS ARE LIKELY DUE TO SNOW PACKED AND SLICK ROADS. VISIBILITIES COULD ALSO BE SEVERELY REDUCED DUE TO BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.

CLEARING IS EXPECTED ON TUESDAY, BUT VERY COLD MORNING LOW TEMPERATURES ARE FORECAST THROUGH THE WEEK. LOW TEMPERATURES IN THE TEENS TO SINGLE DIGITS ARE LIKELY ACROSS THE MAJORITY OF  NORTHERN ARIZONA`S HIGH COUNTRY.
update WINTER WEATHER - Take time to Prepare

update WINTER WEATHER - Take time to Prepare

512 AM MST THU JAN 19 2017

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON MST SATURDAY ABOVE 5500 FEET...

* TIMING...LIGHT SNOW SHOWERS WILL DEVELOP AND SPREAD FROM WEST TO EAST DURING THE DAY TODAY. MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW WILL DEVELOP TONIGHT...DECREASING IN INTENSITY FRIDAY MORNING. A SECOND WAVE OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW WILL DEVELOP FRIDAY EVENING INTO SATURDAY MORNING.

* GENERAL EVENT TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...DEPENDING ON YOUR LOCATION WITHIN THE WARNING AREA...EXPECT 8 TO 16 INCHES
BETWEEN 5500 AND 7000 FEET AND 12 TO 24 INCHES ABOVE 7000 FEET.

IN GENERAL...ONLY LIGHT SNOW IS EXPECTED OVER THE LOWER ELEVATION AREAS OF PRESCOTT THROUGH FRIDAY WITH THE HEAVIEST SNOW FRIDAY NIGHT. HIGHER ELEVATION REGIONS OF PRESCOTT SOUTH AND WEST OF DOWNTOWN WILL RECEIVE HEAVY SNOW AT TIMES THROUGH THE ENTIRE EVENT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING...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.

Primary concerns are loss of heat, power and telephone service and a shortage of supplies if storm conditions continue for more than a few days. Areas of concern are in the higher elevations of Yavapai County such as Groom Creek, Potato-Patch, Walker, Highland Pines, Breezy Pines, and communities along Senator Highway, Thumb Butte Road, and Copper Basin Road.

Be Prepared - Yavapai County Road crews will be working around the clock to keep main roadways passable. It may be three to four days before crews are able to clear residential subdivisions and outlying areas. Please prepare accordingly.
Residents in higher elevations can prepare by adding additional items to your emergency kits, rescheduling travel plans, and staying off the road as much as possible.
• Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
• Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Refuel propane tanks before you are empty; fuel carriers may not reach you for days after a winter storm Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
• Current medical conditions, plan ahead to stay closer to medical facilities. Emergency services may not be able to respond in a timely manner if access is restricted.
• Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
• Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
• Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for a complete list of recommended products.
• Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
• Make a Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.
• Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS). Be alert to changing weather conditions.
• Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle. Stock up on food & supplies beforehand so you don’t have to travel during a storm.
• Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.

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.


Pile Burning Planned January 4th Verde Ranger District

Pile Burning Planned January 4th Verde Ranger District

Pile Burning Planned January 4th on the Verde Ranger District

Fire managers on the Verde Ranger District plan to burn piles on Mingus Mountain, Wednesday, January 4th; weather conditions permitting.

Located near the summer homes (T15N, R2E, S10), approximately 5 acres of piles will be treated. Piles have been generated from harvest activity and Timber Stand Improvement (TSI) thinning’s.

Smoke will be visible in the immediate areas of the burn activity and some Forest Roads may be affected; no closures are anticipated. In the interest of safety, forest visitors are reminded to obey all traffic signs and use caution when traveling in the vicinity of the prescribed fire burn units as firefighters and fire-related traffic will be in the area.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. These burns will mimic natural fires by reducing hazardous fuels accumulations, and reintroduce fire into a fire dependent system; 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).

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
Pile Burning Planned January 6th – 13th

Pile Burning Planned January 6th – 13th

January 6th – 13th Pile burning planned in the Prescott Basin and Crown King area.

Prescott National Forest fire managers plan to continue fuels treatment in the Prescott Basin and Crown King. 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, January 13, pending favorable weather conditions.

Horsethief Basin - Piles are located approximately 3 miles south and east of Crown King (T10N, R1E, S31).

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

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/
• Twitter: @PrescottNF
• Local Ranger Stations: Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000; Chino Valley Ranger District (928) 777-2200; Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121
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

TECH READY - National Preparedness Month

TECH READY - National Preparedness Month

Through the use of everyday technology, individuals, families, responders and organizations can successfully prepare for, adapt to and recover from disruptions brought on by emergencies and/or disasters. With effective planning, it is possible to take advantage of technology before, during and after a crisis to communicate with loved ones.
Please click on the document link for some helpful links to add to your phone or computer, along with tips to stay connected. Be Tech Ready Document
Due to the IRS Scam Epidemic, YCSO will issue a “Code Red” notification

Due to the IRS Scam Epidemic, YCSO will issue a “Code Red” notification

Due to the IRS Scam Epidemic, YCSO will issue a “Code Red”
Emergency Notification Alert tomorrow Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at 11AM.


Even with successful media and community outreach campaigns by YCSO and our local law enforcement partners regarding the IRS impersonation scam, YCSO continues to receive reports from residents victimized by these scammers. In just the past few days, a 32-year-old Prescott resident lost $4,000 dollars in the scam when she bought several ITunes gift cards in order to settle a so called “tax debt.”

Many Yavapai County residents who have contacted the Sheriff’s Office to report scam calls, indicate that because of the educational bulletins they knew to hang up on the scammers. Unfortunately, there is still a segment of our community that is not getting this information. As a result, Sheriff Mascher has authorized the use of the Code Red Emergency Notification System to warn residents throughout the county.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at 11AM, a ‘Code Red’ alert will be sent to all subscribers. The 35 second message will provide a reminder that the IRS will NEVER call to demand tax payment by way of gift cards, ITune cards, or similar payment methods. Those receiving these calls will be urged to simply hang up.
YCSO will also encourage current “Code Red” subscribers to share the message with those who have not signed up for the system and urge them to consider subscribing for future “Code Red” alerts.

If we can prevent even one victim from losing thousands of dollars by way of the notification, the effort will be a success.
YCSO has also been in contact with the IRS Public Information Office in Phoenix and they endorse our outreach effort. The IRS also recommends that anyone receiving these impersonation tax scam calls should take the time to fill out an online form found here: https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml. This allows investigators to track these crimes and develop leads to identify suspects and how they operate.

And finally, we would like to urge business owners who sell gift cards and handle money orders to educate their employees about this scam. Your employees have the opportunity to stop this scam in its tracks through a polite inquiry with a customer purchasing large amounts of gifts cards in one transaction. Most of the victims will be of senior age and display some sense of urgency as they attempt such a purchase. We have had several reports from victims who were extremely appreciative when alerted to this scam during contact with a proprietor which in turn prevented the loss of thousands of dollars.

Remember, the IRS will NEVER -
• Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
• Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
• Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
• Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
• Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

 
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office
Scott Mascher – Sheriff
255 E. Gurley Street, Prescott, AZ 86301
Dwight D’Evelyn - Media Coordinator 


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.

Throughout the month of September we will be posting preparedness information on this site and on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/YCOEM to help you get started.

One easy step to being prepared is making sure you register for emergency alerts. Within Yavapai County you want to register with the Sheriff’s Emergency Notification System (Code Red) at  h  http://www.ycsoaz.gov/community/emergency-preparedness/.

If you or someone you care for has access and functional needs please fill out this informational form to be listed in the Health Departments database. This database is not shared outside the department and helps response agencies know if someone cannot evacuate on their own. http://www.regionalinfo-alert.org/Portals/0/FunctionalNeedsForm.pdf

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

It’s Too Late, When Told To Evacuate!

Sandbag locations and helpful flood information

Sandbag locations and helpful flood information

Current sandbag locations as well as important links that can help reduce the risk of 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 Arizona Fire Station – 4125 W. Outer Loop Rd, Prescott
– Central Arizona Fire Station PV – 8555 E Yavapai Rd, Prescott Valley
-  Central Arizona Fire Chino Station 61 - 1133 West Road 3 North, Chino Valley
-  Central Arizona Fire Paulden Station 63 - 250 West Sweet Valley Drive - Paulden
– Williamson Valley trailhead 308 – 347 across from Granite Oaks Dr. 7 miles North of Iron Springs Rd
– Yarnell Presbyterian Church – 16455 Table Top Way
– Mayer Fire Station – 10001 South Miami Street, Mayer
– Black Canyon Fire Station – 35050 Old Black Canyon Hwy, Black Canyon City
– Ash Fork – Church off Bullock Rd., Ash Fork
– Seligman Fire – Hwy 66 and 2nd Street
– Verde Valley Fire St 31, 2700 Godard Road, Cottonwood
- Cottonwood Public Works Yard - 1480 W. Mingus Ave
– Verde Valley Fire St. 36 at 895 First South Street, Clarkdale
– 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
– Sedona City Maintenance Yard, 2070 Contractors 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.

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

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. http://www.ready.gov/make-a-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!

For more information about being prepared, please contact 928-771-3321 or marcie.slay@yavapai.us

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

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