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Sandbag Locations and Flooding Preparedness

Sandbag Locations and Flooding Preparedness

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 –
Flood insurance information, Flood Smart –
Flood Preparation and Safety Handout – In English Sandbagging Handout.pdf 
In Spanish - Spanish Flood Preparedness Spanish How_To_Prepare_FLOOD_v9_.pdf

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:

For more information about being prepared, please contact 928-771-3321
Fire Restrictions being lifted

Fire Restrictions being lifted

For more information on local Fire Departments/Districts restrictions please contact them or visit their individual sites.

SUMMARY of fire bans being lifted
As of 8:00 AM Friday July 13, 2018, the fire restrictions for Yavapai County will be lifted.
This is being done in coordination with the Prescott National Forest announcement by Pete Gordon - Fuels, Fire, & Aviation Staff Officer (Chief 9):

The Prescott National Forest will be lifting both Stage 2 Fire Restrictions and the Area Closures effective at 08:00 AM on Friday, July 13th. This is based on the amount of rainfall accumulation in the last 5 days in conjunction with the forecast for continued monsoon rains.

It may take the Forest some time to physically remove the evidence of restrictions and closures with reduction in resources, weather, and road conditions, but rest assured the official action to remove the restrictions and closure will be effective at 0800 AM on Friday.

Yavapai County Emergency Manager, Ron Sauntman stated, “Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management has worked to coordinate with our response organizations in an effort to achieve alignment that may impact response to wildfire incidents.” It is important to remember that some Fire Districts/Departments may choose to maintain some level of restrictions due to geography, identified threat, and lack of moisture. The Yavapai County Emergency Management office will continue to support these efforts through information management and coordination with those individual organizations.

Mr. Sauntman went on to state, “We must remain vigilant and consider that, although the immediate threat of wildfire is reduced, it is critical that we maintain awareness of this potentially dangerous situation. In addition, we now must focus on the potential flooding conditions that are present and will remain until the monsoon season has ended.”

Also, SOME State Land Fire Restrictions will be lifted.
From Department of Forestry and Fire Management: At 0800AM, on Friday, July 13th, state-owned and managed lands in Coconino County, south of the Grand Canyon, will reopen to recreation. However, state lands in Coconino County, north of the Grand Canyon, remain in Stage II Fire Restrictions.
The closure order for state-owned and managed lands in Gila County will also be lifted, but Stage I Fire Restrictions will be in place. Under Stage I, campfires are allowed in a developed campsite only.

Also on Friday, State Forestry will lift restrictions to Mohave County, south of the Hualapai Reservation. State lands in Mohave County, north of the reservation, are still under Stage II Fire Restrictions.  Until more widespread rain is received in northeastern Arizona, closures are still in place on state-owned and managed lands in Apache and Navajo Counties. Fire restrictions also remain in effect in Greenlee, La Paz, Maricopa, and Yuma Counties.
“Even though we are lifting some fire restrictions, we must not become complacent. Every day, our crews are chasing wildfires from lightning due to these monsoon storms. We do not need a human-caused fire to add to the mix. So please be cautious and use your best judgement.” said State Forester Jeff Whitney.
As always, target shooting and fireworks are never allowed on Arizona State Trust lands at any time of the year. For State fire restriction information go to

For more on other fire restrictions please visit:


Firewise Reminders

Firewise Reminders

Please pay close attending to the chains and equipment on your vehicles and trailers. One spark can quickly turn into a roadside fire and spread to neighbors. Firewise reminders 2018.pdf

DON’T WAIT - clean up around your properties to improve your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire and help protect the firefighters and other emergency responders.

Home Ignition Zone: If you live next to a natural vegetation area, you should provide firefighters with the space they need to protect your home. Create a buffer zone by removing weeds, brush, and other vegetation. This helps keep the fire away from your home and reduces the risk from flying embers.

Consider This: Flammable vegetation between and around homes and outbuildings increases the risk of wildfire spreading throughout the community, endangering lives and property. Pre-fire planning, vegetation management, and sufficient breaks in vegetation allow firefighters an opportunity to keep fire from entering the community.

Did you know - wildfire embers can travel over one mile. A home within one mile of a natural area is considered a part of an ember zone, where wind-driven embers can be a risk to your property. You and your home must be prepared well before a fire occurs. Ember fires can destroy homes or neighborhoods far from the actual front of the fire.


Register with the Emergency Notification System (Code Red) at:

Evacuations may be mandated by any number of events: fire, flood, hazardous materials, and earthquakes to name a few. The actual evacuation of any area is the primary responsibility of Law Enforcement. Under extreme conditions, other agencies’ staff and volunteers may assist in evacuations. Evacuation warning and recommendations are broadcast by every means available, including: radio, television, CodeRED®, weather radio, Law Enforcement and associated volunteers (VIPs, Jeep Posse, etc.), fire vehicles, public address, and door-to-door.
Evacuation Levels

READY— This notification warns residents that a major incident exists in their area. They should monitor local media outlets & web sites for information. Residents with access and functional needs should take note and begin making arrangements to evacuate. Assemble your emergency supply kit (Go Kit).

SET — Be Prepared - This notification indicates there is a significant danger to your area. Grab your Go kit. Residents should either be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice or voluntarily relocate to a shelter or with family/friends.

GO! —Mandatory - An evacuation order indicates that danger to your area is current or imminent and you should leave immediately. Follow instructions from emergency personnel and listen to local media for further instructions regarding the evacuations. 

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