Yavapai County Board Supervisor - District 2

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Yavapai County cares about the health of the public as well as our employees. Due to the COVID-19 virus, we respectfully ask that you do not ask to meet your Supervisor in person. Instead, please contact the District 2 Supervisor by phone  or by email .

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation.

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Yavapai County Free Library District - November News

 

NOVEMBER NEWS

 

 

 

With the launch of our new online library catalog, patrons will have a better user experience that includes easy, intuitive browsing, straightforward search options, unlimited lists, improved account management, and much more. The new catalog is friendly, fun, & functional.  If you love it, you can start using it right now, but you can get acquainted at your own pace before the new catalog goes full time in January. 

Click HERE to try it today! 


All Veterans Memorial Dedication Ceremony

All Veterans Memorial Dedication Ceremony  

In 1984 discussions began with various veterans’ groups to develop an All-Veterans Memorial for Yavapai County. It wasn’t until April of 1989 that the statue designed and created by Neil Logan was complete, and ready to be dedicated by the Yavapai Vietnam Veterans Association.  The statue depicts a standing U.S. Marine stretching his left arm to the sky as he holds up a wounded Marine kneeling at his side.  In 2006 the Sunup Rotary Club rededicated and began annual maintenance for the monument and its surroundings.  

Over the past 32 years there have been updates and rededications to the memorial as additional Yavapai County residents made the ultimate sacrifice for this Country.  This coming Tuesday, September 28, 2021, Yavapai County will join with the Sunup Rotary and once again rededicate the memorial with a new plaque.  The event will begin at 2:00 PM at the memorial on the west side of the Courthouse plaza.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.   

Welcoming everyone in attendance will be Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Harry Oberg.  Included in the ceremony will be Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Vice-Chair Mary Mallory who will provide the invocation, Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown will lead everyone in the pledge of allegiance and Yavapai County Board of Supervisors James Gregory will provide remarks.  

Sunup Rotary’s John Stewart will provide additional remakes along with Mayor-Elect Phil Goode.  Closing remarks will be made by Tony Shaw.  Neil Logan will also be in attendance.  


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Dewey-Humboldt Town Library Hours are Changing September 1st

Dewey-Humboldt Town Library Hours are Changing September 1st! 

Location: Dewey-Humboldt, AZ 

The results of a community survey in 2020, showed clearly that Dewey-Humboldt residents wanted and would benefit from a change in library open hours.  The new schedule provides patrons more open hours, access to the library earlier in the morning, and later most evenings, and offers a consistent schedule that is easier to remember.  The new hours are Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am to 6:00 pm, beginning September 1st

  

The Town appreciates the library and the service it provides our residents. We are excited about the hours being extended from 32 per week to 38, and hope that more residents will find the time to enjoy the library when the doors open again. Please stop by and meet our Library Coordinator, Leslie Golamb, when you pick up your items curbside. You can also go to the District website and Facebook page to see the activities that are available. 

- Edward O. Dickie, III, Town Manager

  

Some patrons may miss the Saturday hours, but the District and Town will revisit the possibility of adding Saturday hours at a later date if the need is there.  The Library District always strives to get the greatest benefit from taxpayer dollars and this shift is one more way to use staff time more effectively.  The Town contracts with the Library District to run the library.


Press Release - County Buildings Open To The Public

As of Monday, August 30, 2021, all Yavapai County buildings will be open to the public.   We are requesting the public wear a mask if not vaccinated but they are not mandatory.  Attendance at all public meetings will be limited and physical distancing will be required.


Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Approve 10 Million for Water and Sewer Infrastructure

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Approve 10 Million  

for Water and Sewer Infrastructure 


On Wednesday, August 18, 2021, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors voted to approve a plan to spend 10 million dollars of the nearly 46 million dollars the county will receive from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), on improving water and sewer infrastructure within unincorporated areas of Yavapai County.

The application for these grant funds begins by downloading, completing, and submitting the application which can be found at YavapaiAZ.GOV under the Board Links section (ARPA Grant Application).  There is also a written project proposal required for submission along with the application.  For assistance with the application process contact the Board of Supervisors office at 928-771-3200. 


The review and approval process will include a panel of representatives from County Administration, Public Works, and Facilities Departments to review all completed applications, and make recommendations for award to the Board of Supervisors.  Ranking will be based on eligible criteria, providing a positive impact on unincorporated community’s water quality and or water delivery system, the number of households served, available funding, and the long-term benefit to the community. 

 

Application Timeline: 

  • Monday, August 23, 2021 – Application and instructions available on YavapaiAZ.GOV 
  • October 1, 2021, at 5:00 PM – Applications and supporting documentation submittal deadline
                  Submittals in writing or electronically to the Clerk of the Board 
  • November 3, 2021 – Board of Supervisors approves allocation of grant funds to grantees 
November through December 2021 – Subrecipient agreements are approved by grantee and Board of Supervisors.  

 

COVID 19 Update

For Immediate Release

Monday, August 16, 2021

For further information, contact: Terri Farneti, Public Health Coordinator 928.442.5596


Booster Shots for the Immunocompromised

What You Need to Know

CDC recommends that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.  CDC does not recommend additional doses or booster shots for any other population at this time.

Who Needs an Additional COVID-19 Vaccine?  Currently, CDC is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional dose. This includes people who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

People should talk to their healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.  CDC recommends the additional dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine be administered at least four weeks after a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. 

For people who received either Pfizer or Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine series, a third dose of the same mRNA vaccine should be used. The FDA’s recent EUA amendment only applies to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, as does CDC’s recommendation, so there is no booster for Johnson & Johnson.

Yavapai County reports 228 COVID-19 cases and 1 Death since Friday. The county has tested 132,549 residents for COVID-19 and there have been 22,256 positive cases and 556 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. 

 Yavapai Regional Medical Center reports 40 COVID-19 patients (33 in Prescott/7 in Prescott Valley), VVMC reports 21, and the VA has 2 COVID-19 patients.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or what seems to be a bad cold, please get tested for COVID-19.  Testing sites:  https://yavapaiaz.gov/Portals/39/COVID-19/TestingSitesinYavapaiCounty.pdf.  

The best way to avoid getting infected is to get vaccinated.  The vaccines are safe, effective, and free.  Check out the YCCHS Vaccine Information Page for contact info to make an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccines:  https://yavapaiaz.gov/chs/Home/COVID-19/COVID-19-Vaccine-Appointments.
Call:
928-771-3122 for appointments. Phone Bank for Assistance: 928-442-5103. Or www.vaccine.gov


Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Declare August 8- 14 National Health Center Week in Yavapai County

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors approved a proclamation on behalf of Community Health Center of Yavapai (CHCY) to declare August 8 – August 14 National Health Center Week.

 

National Health Center Week is an annual celebration with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers over the past five decades.

 

Elected officials such as the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors join communities across the country in elevating the work Community Health Centers have done while fighting on the front lines of COVID-19 to keep our communities healthy and safe. Health centers provide preventive and primary care services to almost 30 million people across the country and have continued to do so while facing a global pandemic. Health Centers such as CHCY also provide care to people who disproportionately suffer from chronic disease and lack of access to affordable, quality care. Additionally, Community Health Centers lower health care costs by 24 billion dollars a year, reduce rates of chronic diseases, and stimulate local economies.  

 

In Arizona, Health Centers are economic drivers. For every one dollar in federal funds, Health Centers generate $8.35 in economic activity across Arizona. In total, health centers in Arizona deliver $1.5 billion in economic activity. CHCY has continued to provide comprehensive, integrated primary health care services including medical, dental, pediatric, prenatal, reproductive and behavioral health services for all residents, regardless of income or ability to pay for more than 18 years. CHCY operates three healthcenters in Prescott, Prescott Valley, and Cottonwood, and employs more than 100 people, who collectively served more than 12,000 patients in 2020, of which 38 percent were uninsured. 


While COVID-19 continues to exacerbate social and medical inequities across the country, Community Health Centers such as CHCY have adapted themselves to provide services for those in need. As unemployment rates rise and more people lose their employee-sponsored health insurance, Community Health Centers must remain open to provide care for all, regardless of insurance status.

 

The mission of Community Health Centers remains crucial today because access to basic care remains a challenge in parts of the United States. Many people live in remote and underserved communities where there is a shortage of providers and, in many cases, the nearest doctor or hospital can be as far as a 50-mile drive in another county. CHCY worked to alleviate some of these challenges by providing telehealth services to our patients through the pandemic. Doing so enabled patients to speak to a provider from the comfort and protection of their own home. CHCY also held several vaccination clinics to reach rural residents in Paulden, Cordes Lakes, Black Canyon City, and Mayer.  

 

CHCY has a health center governing board, more than half of whom are CHCY patients. They determine the services that CHCY offers, the fees for those services, and CHCY’s hours of operations.  They are also involved in strategic planning and policymaking for CHCY.  CHCY is truly a health center that is based on the needs of the local communities.


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COVID 19 Update

For Immediate Release

Monday, August 09, 2021

For further information, contact: Terri Farneti, Public Health Coordinator 928.442.5596


Yavapai County Stats on Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated COVID-19 Cases since May 1, 2021

 

 

Yavapai County reports 177 COVID-19 cases since Friday.  The county has tested 130,777 residents for COVID-19 and there have been 21,609 positive cases and 548 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.  The county is experiencing a high transmission rate, and as of today 40.2% of Yavapai County residents over the age of 12 are fully vaccinated.  Yavapai Regional Medical Center reports 34 COVID-19 patients (29 in Prescott/5 in Prescott Valley), VVMC reports 13, and the VA has 2 COVID-19 patients. 

If you are experiencing fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, sore throat, loss of taste or small, or bad cold, please get tested for COVID-19.  If you have been exposed to the virus, get tested after at least 5 days from the exposure.  You should quarantine for 10 days, or 7 days after day receiving a negative test.  If you test positive for COVID-19 you should isolate yourself from others for at least 10 days since your symptoms began. If you had no symptoms, stay in isolation for 10 days starting from the date you took your positive test.
Testing sites: 
https://yavapaiaz.gov/Portals/39/COVID-19/TestingSitesinYavapaiCounty.pdf.  

The best way to avoid getting infected is to get vaccinated.  The vaccines are safe, effective, and free.  Here are the best sources to contact to make an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccines:


Yavapai County Buildings Closed

This past Monday, Yavapai County Community Health Services (YCCHS) reported 159 new positive Covid-19 cases from the weekend.  For the past few weeks, we have seen our positive case numbers continue to increase from a low of around 20 to over 100 new cases a day.  We believe this sudden increase is caused by the more contagious Delta variant of the Covid virus, as well as the fact that the majority of Yavapai County residents have not received their vaccination. 

 

Effective Thursday, August 5, 2021, all Yavapai County buildings, will be closed to the public until further notice.  This does not apply to the Yavapai County Superior or Justice Courts.   

 

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown said, “I am taking this action because I believe it is the right and necessary thing to do.  Protecting Yavapai County residents and employees is as important to me as protecting my own family. I know this closure is an inconvenience to everyone who has come to expect and appreciate convenient access to Yavapai County services, but I feel that it is necessary at this time. I will continue to closely monitor the Covid numbers and will reopen the buildings just as soon as it is safe to do so.” 

 

As we did during previous closures, Yavapai County services and business will continue to operate.  Members of the public can call ahead to make an appointment or go to the building entrances and call the number of the department to get assistance.  County employees will come out and assist the public as we did in the previous building closure.  County employees will wear masks while assisting the public and we are requiring the public to wear masks while conducting business with our employees. 

Chairman Brown went on to explain, “I am thankful for your patience as we work through these latest efforts to fight the spread of Covid and would appreciate those of you who have received their vaccination to encourage your friends and family to do so as well.  I have found it helps to tell others about your experience receiving the shot as well as those of you who had the virus, sharing what your experience was like.  While most people who catch the virus will survive, 99% of the Covid deaths are unvaccinated persons, and those that do survive, the lingering effects can be significant.” 


Yavapai County Lifts Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Yavapai County Lifts Stage 1 Fire Restrictions 

 

Effective Wednesday, August 4, 2021, at 8:00 a.m., Yavapai County will lift the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions.  

Chairman Brown, working with the Yavapai County Emergency Manager, local forest, and fire professionals, have discussed the current fire danger and at this time have determined that it is appropriate to remove the stage one fire restrictions that were put into place last June.  Yavapai County exercised extreme caution before lifting fire restriction.  Chairman Brown said, “Due to the lack of rain in grassland areas, located outside of the forest land, I felt it was necessary to wait.”   

Yavapai County Emergency Manager RC Helton said, “The transition is predicated upon the recent increase of precipitation in the region and the comparative data, provided by the National Weather Service (Flagstaff Office) and additional diagnostics regarding fuel load and biomass conditions, provided by the Prescott National Forest.”  

This determination includes the following Fire Ordinance Zones: Northern, Central, Eastern, and Southern Zones of Yavapai County, which include the following cities and towns; Prescott, Prescott Valley, Dewey-Humboldt, Mayer, Cordes Junction, Black Canyon City, Congress, North Wickenburg, Peeples Valley, Yarnell, Wilhoit, Cottonwood, Sedona, Camp Verde, and unincorporated areas herein.  

Chairman Brown also said, “I appreciate everyone that worked so hard to protect our local forests and the citizens that honored my request to limit their access to the recreational areas we love so much.  Our public lands are a treasure and your efforts to protect them are greatly appreciated.”  


Yavapai.US has moved to YavapaiAZ.GOV

Yavapai.US has moved to YavapaiAZ.GOV 


 

Yavapai County has a new web address, YavapaiAZ.GOV.  If you point your browser to Yavapai.US you will get a message that says, “This website has moved” and be directed to click on a link to YavapaiAZ.GOV. 


 

 

Yavapai County Information Technology Services (ITS) Director Pat Galassi said, “On Monday, August 2nd, Yavapai County successfully migrated to our new web domain, YavapaiAZ.GOV.  This change was primarily made to enhance the security of our web presence and increase public trust when visiting our site. The .GOV domain is the official domain used by the federal government and administered by the General Services Administration (GSA).  .GOV domains are also available for use by state and local government entities.  Visitors to the old website, Yavapai.US, will now be directed to click on a link to YavapaiAZ.GOV. Visitors are advised to update their browser's shortcuts and favorites.” 


 

County Email addresses were changed to reflect the new domain (first.last@yavapaiAZ.gov) schema.  Emails sent to the old domain will automatically be forwarded to the new address for a period of time to allow senders to update their contacts. 


COVID 19 Update

Please join the Town Hall on Facebook Live this morning at 11:30 a.m.

 

For Immediate Release

Monday, August 02, 2021

For further information, contact: Terri Farneti, Public Health Coordinator 928.442.5596


Catch Kids up on Routine Childhood Vaccinations

This week, parents everywhere are concerned about sending their children back to in-person school. We have all been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Children’s lives have been affected in unimaginable ways, including their education, family life, social interactions, and most significantly, the continuity of their health care. Over the past year, many children fell behind on receiving routine childhood vaccinations and routine wellness exams. As children continue to return to the new “normal”, routine childhood vaccinations are essential to keeping them and their communities protected and healthy.

 

YCCHS is offering appointments for back-to-school vaccinations for the upcoming school year in all three locations - Prescott Valley on Fridays - August 6,13, and 20. Prescott on Tuesday, August 10th, and Thursdays August 19 and 26. And Cottonwood on Tuesdays - August 17, 24 and 31.  Call 928-771-3122 to make an appointment. 

To learn more about immunization requirements in Arizona, see this link: https://education.azgovernor.gov/edu/arizona-school-immunization-requirements.

 

Yavapai County reports 159 COVID-19 cases since Friday – an average of 53 cases per day.  The county has tested 129,105 for COVID-19 and there have been 21,050 positive cases and 542 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.   Yavapai Regional Medical Center reports 38 COVID-19 patients, VVMC reports 3, and the VA has 2 COVID-19 patients. 

The Delta variant is the dominant strain of the COVID-19 virus in Arizona.  If you are experiencing symptoms of a bad cold, please get tested for COVID-19.  Here is a list of testing sites:  https://www.yavapai.us/Portals/39/COVID-19/TestingSitesinYavapaiCounty.pdf

 

The best way to avoid getting infected is to get vaccinated.  The vaccines are safe, effective, and free.  If you are looking to get vaccinated against COVID-19, check out:

 


COVID 19 Update

For Immediate Release

Friday, July 30, 2021

For further information, contact: Terri Farneti, Public Health Coordinator 928.442.5596


YCCHS to Host COVID-19 Town Hall via Facebook Live on Monday

Yavapai County Community Health Services Director Leslie Horton will host a town hall meeting at 11:30 a.m. Monday, August 2 via Facebook Live to answer questions about COVID-19 and the Delta variant that is spreading throughout Yavapai County.  The event will also be recorded and a link posted on the yavapaiaz.gov/chs website.

 

The ADHS community transmission dashboard for the week July 18-24 indicates high transmission in Yavapai County, with 167 cases per 100,000 - an increase from 155/100k the week prior but remaining at a 13.6% positivity rate. The CDC COVID Data Tracker indicates 39.8% of Yavapai County residents over 12 years of age are fully vaccinated, 41.7% over 18, and 59.1% over 65.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Tuesday that fully vaccinated people begin wearing masks indoors again in places where the virus is spreading, based on their "level of community transmission." If a county has reported 50 to 100 cases per 100,000 residents over a seven-day period or has a positivity rate of 8% to 10%, it falls into the “substantial transmission” tier, while those reporting 100 cases or more per 100,000 or have a positivity rate of at least 10% are labeled as “high transmission.” Those are the two groups for which the CDC recommends mask-wearing. The CDC's director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, said in a news briefing that the change comes after new evidence showed Delta was more transmissible than previously understood. She stated, “This new science is worrisome and, unfortunately, warrants an update to our recommendations."

Yavapai County reports 265 COVID-19 cases and 5 deaths since Monday.  The county has tested 1,347 residents for COVID-19 since last Friday with 441 positive cases primarily in the 25-64 age groups. There have been 20,626 positive cases and 537 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. Yavapai Regional Medical Center reports 32 COVID-19 patients, VVMC reports 7, and the VA has 3 COVID-19 patients. 

The highly contagious Delta variant appears to be the dominant strain of the COVID-19 virus in Arizona, reflecting what's happening nationwide.  If you are experiencing symptoms of a bad cold, please get tested for COVID-19.  Here is a list of testing sites:  https://www.yavapai.us/Portals/39/COVID-19/TestingSitesinYavapaiCounty.pdf

 

The best way to avoid getting infected is to get vaccinated.  The vaccines are safe, effective, and free.  If you are looking to get vaccinated against COVID-19, check out:


ADOT - Lane restrictions at State Route 69 and Spring Lane

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UPDATE: Plan for daytime lane restrictions at State Route 69 and Spring Lane intersection near Cordes Lakes July 28-30

Drivers should use caution and allow extra travel time

 

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan for daytime lane closures on north- and southbound State Route 69 at the intersection of Spring Lane near Cordes Lakes.

The following restrictions will occur daily from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, through Friday, July 30

  • North- and southbound SR 69 will be narrowed to one lane in each direction between mileposts 264 and 265 at the Spring Lane intersection.
  • The speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph.
  • A 14-foot vehicle width restriction will be in place.

The restrictions are needed so ADOT crews can safely complete the signal pole and cabinet installation.

ADOT advises drivers to slow down and use caution around personnel and equipment while pavement repairs are underway.


Yavapai County Returns to Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

Yavapai County Returns to Stage 1 Fire Restrictions 

 

Effective today, Monday July 19, 2021, at 8:00 AM, Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown has taken the unincorporated areas of Yavapai County back to stage 1 fire restrictions. 

 

Chairman Brown said, “We err on the side of caution, we follow the lead of our local forest and fire experts, and together we make the best decisions we can.  After several discussions with our Emergency Manager, I have ordered the stage 2 and fire ban lifted from Yavapai County. We will remain in stage 1 fire restrictions for now but will continue to closely monitor the situation.”   

 

Stage 1 restrictions include prohibition of:  

  1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire except within a developed recreation site, or improved site. 
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an outdoor area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials. 
Operating or using any equipment with an internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order meeting either the USDA Forest Service Standard 5100-1a (as amended), or appropriate Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recommended practice J335(b) and J350(a) (36 CFR 261.52 (j)). 

https://dffm.az.gov/fire-restrictions 

Chairman Brown went on to state, “I want to say thank you to everyone who helped get us through these last few weeks by following the guidelines, set out by your local officials, to protect our property and the forests.  Your efforts have not gone unnoticed and are truly appreciated.”

Forest Service News Release - Fire Restrictions

Forest Service News Release

Prescott National Forest Rescinds Fire Restrictions

on Wednesday, July 21 at 8:00 A.M.

 

PRESCOTT, AZ – July 21, 2021—   Due to monsoonal activity and sufficient rainfall, the Prescott National Forest will rescind all fire restrictions as of 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 21, 2021. 

 

Fire danger is moderate across the forest. Visitors are still asked to remain vigilant and avoid activities that could accidentally cause wildfires – refrain from campfires on dry and windy days and remember that it is always illegal to leave a campfire unattended. In addition, fireworks are never allowed on any National Forest land.

 

Closures unrelated to fire and smoking restrictions remain in effect including the Raphael Fire around Sycamore Canyon and the Tiger Fire near Crown King.

 

Know Before You Go!  Statewide fire restriction information can be found at www.wildlandfire.az.gov/fire-restrictions.

 

For information on the Prescott National Forest, check out the Prescott NF website and following us on Facebook and Twitter.   


Forest Service News Release - Fire Restrictions

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Forest Service News Release

Media Contact: Susan Blake

(480) 647-8082

susan.blake@usda.gov

www.fs.usda.gov/tonto
 

Tonto National Forest lifts Stage 1 Fire Restrictions

PHOENIX, July 20, 2021– The Tonto National Forest in coordination with federal, state, and local partners will terminate the current Stage 1 Fire Restrictions effective July 21, 2021 at 8 a.m. due to reduced fire danger.

The restrictions were implemented to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires during periods of high fire danger and elevated fire weather conditions.

“The Tonto and Arizonans needed a break in the weather, and we got it with recent monsoonal activity,” said Deputy Forest Supervisor Tom Torres. “We thank everyone for cooperating with these restrictions across the forest, but temperatures are still high enough to spark a wildfire if people are not careful when building a campfire.”

Campfire tips:

  • Keep your fire small;
  • Always keep water and a shovel nearby and know how to use them to put out your campfire;
  • Be sure an adult is always watching the fire;
  • Keep an eye on the weather! Sudden wind gusts can blow sparks into vegetation outside your cleared area, causing unexpected fires;
  • Make sure your campfire is dead out!

Campfires and charcoal BBQs must be completely extinguished after use. Abandoned campfires continue to be a major cause of wildfires. Always keep enough water on hand and a tool to drown and stir fires. If it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave. More campfire safety and prevention tips can be found at Smokeybear.com.

Please take the time to inspect vehicles and trailers for proper maintenance especially in relation to tire condition, brakes and wheel bearings. The Arizona climate is tough on tires and wheel bearings; tire blowouts or worn bearings can be very dangerous but can also cause wildfires. Take time to adjust trailer chains to avoid them dragging and sparking fires. Many tire shops and mechanics are available in the area to provide professional assistance in inspecting vehicles and often inspection is free.

Violators of regulations that prohibit abandoning a campfire are subject to a fine and/or imprisonment. If an abandoned campfire causes a wildfire, violators can also be held responsible for fire suppression costs. 

For more information, visit the Tonto National Forest alerts and notices webpage or call the following district ranger stations for information:  Cave Creek Ranger District (480) 595-3300; Globe Ranger District (928) 402-6200; Mesa Ranger District (480) 610-3300; Payson Ranger District (928) 474-7900; and Tonto Basin Ranger District (602) 225-5395.

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Forest Service News Release - Fire Restrictions

Forest Service News Release

Prescott National Forest Enters Stage I Fire Restrictions

on Friday, July 16 at 8:00 A.M.

 

PRESCOTT, AZ – July 15, 2021—   With scattered precipitation received across the forest, Prescott National Forest will reduce current Fire and Shooting Restrictions and enter back into Stage I Fire Restrictions on Friday, July 16, 2021 at 8:00 AM.  Restrictions will remain in effect until forest officials determine that conditions have changed sufficiently to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfire.

 

Stage I fire restrictions prohibit the following:

 

  • Igniting, building, maintaining, or using a fire, including charcoal and briquettes outside a fire structure that is provided by the Forest Service within a designated area. 36 C.F.R. § 261.52(a).
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three (3) feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of any flammable material. 36 C.F.R. § 261.52(d).

 

Exemptions to the restrictions include the following:  Pursuant to 36 C.F.R. §261.50(e), the following persons are exempt from the provisions in this Order:

 

  • Holders of Forest Service Special Use Authorizations are exempt from Prohibition #1 above, provided such fires are within a fire structure and they are within their permitted area.
  • Persons using a stove or grill that is solely fueled by liquid petroleum or liquid petroleum gas (LPG) fuels.
  • Persons using a stove fire in a designated area.
  • Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of official duty.

 

To view Forest Order 03-09-00-21-285: Prescott National Forest Emergency Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, please visit our Alerts & Notices.

 

Know Before You Go! The public can obtain current state and federal fire restrictions information across Arizona on the Arizona Interagency Wildfire Prevention and Information website .  The map is a culmination of work from federal, state, and local agencies who hope to explain to the public where it is safe to have fires and where it’s not. The map shows all fire restrictions in New Mexico and Arizona, regardless of jurisdiction.

 

For information on the Prescott National Forest, check out the Prescott NF website and following us on Facebook and Twitter.     


Forest Service News Release - Coconino & Kaibab Fire Restrictions

 

Coconino & Kaibab NFs revoking fire restrictions Friday

 

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., July 15, 2021 — Due to monsoonal activity and heavy rainfall across most of the forests, the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests will rescind all fire restrictions as of 6 a.m. Friday, July 16. The Kaibab NF will also lift the Bill Williams Mountain closure.

 

Fire danger remains high across both forests. Visitors are still asked to remain vigilant and avoid activities that could accidentally cause wildfires – refrain from campfires on dry and windy days and remember that it is always illegal to leave a campfire unattended. In addition, fireworks are never allowed on any National Forest land.

 

Closures unrelated to fire and smoking restrictions remain in effect including the Raphael Fire around Sycamore Canyon, Mangum Fire on the North Kaibab Ranger District, and areas of the Slate Fire and Backbone Fire.

 

A full list of what each fire restriction stage means can be found on the Coconino National Forest's website. Statewide fire restriction information can be found at www.wildlandfire.az.gov/fire-restrictions


Middle Fire - July 14 update

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Resource advisors support firefighting on the Middle Fire
July 14, 2021 Daily Update

 

Acres: 2,792 acres
Cause: Lightning
Completion: 50%
Total personnel: 172


Start Date: June 29, 2021
Location: 28 miles northeast of Cave Creek, AZ
Fuels: Brush, grass, and juniper
 

Highlights: Cooperation between firefighters and local resource advisors is helping the incident management team meet resource objectives and agency expectations. During each shift, land management professionals from the Tonto National Forest are providing fire managers with insights on how to meet objectives effectively while serving the public and protecting values at risk. Under the guidance of the local agency, one of the objectives developed for the Middle Fire is to minimize impacts to heritage, natural, recreation, watershed and wildlife values. Coordinating with local resource specialists who are familiar with the terrain and values at risk has proven invaluable in working to meet this objective.

Operations: Yesterday, a structure protection plan was finalized and shared with the host agency. In the future, if a wildfire ignites near the Middle Fire, the Forest Service can use this plan to determine how best to protect structures in the path of that wildfire. A Type 3 helicopter flew a mission to repair a radio signal station, known as a “repeater,” that is used by firefighters to relay critical information across the fire area. When making operational decisions, fire managers are considering the challenges presented in the dynamic fire environment. Rugged, inaccessible terrain and the threat of flash flooding are two environmental hazards that may impact Middle Fire operations. Overall, fire activity has been minimal for several days, with afternoon thunderstorms and higher humidity expected to further diminish fire activity.

Weather: Heavy rain moved over the fire at approximately 4:30 p.m. yesterday with an estimated 1/2 inch of rain in about 30 minutes. Significant monsoon moisture will remain over the region today leading to additional thunderstorms. Thunderstorms are expected to increase in coverage and become stronger in the afternoon as heating increases. Once again, these storms will be capable of producing very heavy rain and strong winds. Temperatures will be held down due to increased cloud cover. Outside of storm influences, look for south to southwest winds around 10 mph with gusts to around 15 mph. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue through the night.

Safety: The health and safety of firefighters and the public is the first priority. The Tonto National Forest has issued a temporary road and area closure for the Middle Fire, available at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tonto/alerts-notices. Additional area closures are in place for other Tonto National Forest wildfires near the Middle Fire area.

Restrictions: The Tonto National Forest remains in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions until September 30, 2021, or until rescinded. Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in place to protect the public and firefighters, as well as National Forest System lands and resources, during a period of very high to extreme wildfire danger. The Stage 2 Fire Restrictions order, along with accompanying map, are available on the Tonto National Forest website. A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in place over the area, which includes unmanned aircraft, or drones. See www.nifc.gov/drones for information on the dangers drones pose to wildland firefighting.

Smoke: Smoke from the Middle Fire and several other fires burning in central Arizona may be visible from nearby communities. An interactive smoke map at https://fire.airnow.gov/ allows you to zoom in to your location to see the latest smoke information. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures.

Email: 2021.middle@firenet.gov  Phone: (602) 428-5397 Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7622/
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Tiger Fire - 7/14/2021 Update

 

All Tiger Fire Evacuations Rescinded             

 

Public Information: (928) 925-1111           

Email: 2021.tiger@firenet.gov       

Size: 16,278 acres                                                  

Containment:  50%                             

Cause: Lightning                                                   

Location: 11 miles east of Crown King                

Start Date: June 30, 2021, 3:45 p.m.              

Incident Commander: Dave Gesser           

Incident Personnel: 280 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

There will be no additional Facebook Live broadcasts with the IC for the Tiger Fire. 

 

FIRE CLOSURE: The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and Prescott National Forest have closed County Road 177 and national forest lands generally south of County Road 177 from Mayer west to Palace Station, except for Crown King residents with identification. For detailed information see: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7595/ 

 

The Tiger Fire perimeter was quiet Tuesday as the fire footprint cooled. Crews patrolled, monitored, and continued to work on fire line rehabilitation and removal of unneeded fire equipment. A grader resumed repair of roads damaged by fire traffic. Crews also were available to provide initial attack for any new fire ignitions in our area. An incoming incident commander began getting familiar with the fire suppression work that has been conducted.  

 

Wednesday’s activities will be continued patrol, monitoring and fire suppression repair of fire lines. The Crown King Road will be in use by heavy equipment until Thursday morning as they transit the fire area to be loaded on their transports for removal on more accessible terrain. 

 

This will be the final update from Southwest Incident Command Team #3. The fire will revert to local management Thursday morning at 6 a.m. and Team #3 will prepare for its next incident mobilization.  Incident Commander Dave Gesser extends his sincere appreciation to the communities of Crown King, Black Canyon City, Cleator, Mayer/Spring Valley, and Yavapai County, for your patience and cooperation on this challenging wildfire. He recognizes the challenges fire suppression operations cause for your communities. Thank you for allowing us to work with you through this complex incident. 

 

WEATHER: Increasing chances of area thunderstorms and accompanying gusty outflow winds for the next several days. Possible flooding can accompany localized rain events during this period. 

 

EVACUATIONS:  All Tiger Fire evacuation status designations by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office have been rescinded effective 8 a.m. this morning. 

 

FOREST RESTRICTIONS: Arizona’s publicly managed lands are in widely different levels of restrictions. Those planning to visit Arizona’s outdoors should consult appropriate land management agency web sites immediately prior to planning a trip to determine current restrictions and emergency fire area closures. Visit: https://wildlandfire.az.gov/fire-restrictions for current restrictions.

 

Inciweb:   https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7595/ 

Prescott National Forest - Facebook: www.facebook.com/PrescottNF 

Prescott National Forest - Twitter: twitter.com/PrescottNF  

 

 

Tiger Fire Public Information

Phone:  928-925-1111

InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7595/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF

Twitter: twitter.com/PrescottNF


Middle Fire - July 12 update

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Firefighters focus on structure protection on the Middle Fire

July 12, 2021 Daily Update

 

Acres: 2,792 acres
Cause: Lightning
Containment: 0%
Total personnel: 174
Start Date: June 29, 2021
Location: 28 miles northeast of Cave Creek, AZ
Fuels: Brush, grass, and juniper

Highlights: Firefighters are working toward completion of incident objectives, with a focus on providing protection for structures and areas of high value. Yesterday, fire managers flew into the fire area to assess structures that could be impacted by the fire, including private ranches. Firefighters created defensible space around a critical piece of U.S. Forest Service communications equipment by removing flammable vegetation around the area. Defensible space provides a buffer that will help stop or slow fire progression to protect these values

Operations: In addition to managing the Middle Fire, firefighters are lending support to other emerging fires on the Tonto National Forest. A Type 2 helicopter assigned to the Middle Fire was used to drop water on a new fire that started near the community of Strawberry. Another helicopter conducted a reconnaissance flight over the nearby Bear Fire. The Type 2 helicopter later provided support by monitoring and dropping water on the Ocotillo Fire. Despite severe thunderstorms in the area, the Middle Fire did not receive any rain yesterday. However, the increase in humidity and cloud cover limited fire growth to only 8 acres, as wildland fuels are not receiving adequate sunlight to dry out and carry fire.

Weather: Ample monsoonal moisture is expected to enter the region over the next several days. Scattered thunderstorms are forecasted each afternoon through the week with a high chance for lightning each day. Afternoon storms should develop over the Mogollon Rim and gradually push southwest toward the fire. Gusty outflow winds, heavy rain, frequent lightning, and flash flooding will be a concern near any storm. Temperatures today will be about 2 degrees cooler with highs around 100 degrees. Light south winds in the morning will become west around 10 mph with occasional gusts to 15 mph. By late afternoon, gusty outflow winds are expected in the fire area. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity are expected through mid-week with the influx of monsoonal moisture.

Safety: The health and safety of firefighters and the public is the first priority. The Tonto National Forest has issued a temporary road and area closure for the Middle Fire, available at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tonto/alerts-notices.

Restrictions: The Tonto National Forest remains in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions until September 30, 2021, or until rescinded. Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in place to protect the public and firefighters, as well as National Forest System lands and resources, during a period of very high to extreme wildlife danger. The Stage 2 Fire Restrictions order, along with accompanying map, are available on the Tonto National Forest website. A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in place over the area, which includes unmanned aircraft, or drones. See www.nifc.gov/drones for information on the dangers drones pose to wildland firefighting.

Smoke: Smoke from the Middle Fire, along with several other fires burning in central Arizona, may be visible from communities in the surrounding area. An interactive smoke map at https://fire.airnow.gov/ allows you to zoom into your location to see the latest smoke information. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures.

 

Media & Public Information Contact
Email: 2021.middle@firenet.gov  Phone: (602) 428-5397 Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7622/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TontoNationalForest • Twitter: @TontoForest


Tiger Fire - 7/12/2021 Update

Tiger Fire Activity Declines             

 

Public Information: (928) 925-1111           

Email: 2021.tiger@firenet.gov       

Size: 16,246 acres                                                  

Containment:  43%                             

Cause: Lightning                                                   

Location: 11 miles east of Crown King                

Start Date: June 30, 2021, 3:45 p.m.              

Incident Commander: Dave Gesser           

Incident Personnel: 319 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

Facebook Live with the IC and Operations Tuesday, July 13th at 8p.m. Prescott National Forest Facebook Page. 

 

With the community of Crown King in a “Set” status, the town remains closed to the public. Only residents are allowed in and out. 

 

FIRE CLOSURES: The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and Prescott National Forest have closed County Road 177 and national forest lands generally south of County Road 177 from Mayer west to Palace Station, except for Crown King residents with identification. For detailed information see:  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7595/ 

 

Fire activity declined Sunday with increased humidity over the Tiger Fire. Although area thunderstorms to date have not supplied significant rain on the fire, they have been a daily event in the surrounding area and have increased humidity levels. The effect has been diminished fire activity as lighter fuels absorb moisture associated with higher humidity and quickly becoming less flammable and unavailable to ignite larger fuels.  

 

Remaining heat exists in the Dead Cow Springs area and south to Horsethief Basin, all on the Tiger Fire’s western flank. There were also some interior isolated smoke columns appearing within the fire footprint as isolated pockets of fuel continued burning. 

  

Today’s fire operations plan consists of a robust initial attack division to handle anticipated local lightning and continued point protection and suppression repair work on Crown King and Horsethief Basin roads. Crown King residents may encounter traffic delays from grading and mastication work along roads leading into and out of their community. 

 

WEATHER: Increasing chances of area thunderstorms and accompanying gusty outflow winds for the next three days. Possible flooding can accompany localized rain events during the same period. 

 

EVACUATIONS:  Crown King and the Lorena Gulch Cabins remain in “SET” and Horsethief Basin is in “GO” status in accordance with Arizona’s Ready-Set-Go Program https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go       

 

FOREST CLOSURES: Arizona’s publicly managed lands are in widely different levels of closure/restrictions. Those planning to visit Arizona’s outdoors should consult appropriate land management agency web sites immediately prior to planning a trip to determine current restrictions and emergency fire area closures. Visit: https://wildlandfire.az.gov/fire-restrictions for current restrictions.

 

Inciweb:   https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7595/ 

Prescott National Forest - Facebook: www.facebook.com/PrescottNF 

Prescott National Forest - Twitter: twitter.com/PrescottNF  

 

 

Tiger Fire Public Information

Phone:  928-925-1111

InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7595/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF

Twitter: twitter.com/PrescottNF


Middle Fire - July 10 update

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Excessive Heat Warning threatens the Middle Fire

July 10, 2021 Daily Update

 

Acres: 2,432 acres

Start Date: June 29, 2021

Cause: Lightning

Containment: 0%

Total personnel: 103

Location: 28 miles northeast of Cave Creek, AZ

Fuels: Brush, grass, and juniper

Highlights: At the direction of the local agency, Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 4 is developing modified suppression tactics for the Middle Fire while concentrating on public and firefighter safety. The operational emphasis for the fire is focused on protecting existing infrastructure as well as significant natural and cultural resources. 

 

Operations: The Middle Fire is currently burning in rough, rugged terrain with minimal road access. Firefighters are scouting north and west of the fire to locate potential access routes and develop the best plan of action for containment. Fire managers are using aircraft to conduct reconnaissance flights over the fire area to detect and observe fire activity, and to gather intelligence to inform their management strategy. Yesterday, the fire was mainly active on the east perimeter and burned primarily in grass and light brush. Very little activity was observed on the northwest side. Firefighters are giving special attention to those locations where critical natural, cultural, and physical assets may be threatened by the fire’s spread.

 

Weather: An Excessive Heat Warning will bring very hot temperatures today before some cooling is expected to return on Sunday. Shower and thunderstorm activity is expected to decrease today as slightly drier air works into the region. Although thunderstorm activity is not expected near the fire, distant thunderstorms will still have the capability to produce gusty outflow winds. Outside of any thunderstorm winds, look for southwest winds in the afternoon around 10 to 15 mph with occasional gusts to 20 mph. High temperatures will once again exceed 105 degrees. Monsoonal moisture is expected to increase next week bringing the potential of more scattered storms that will produce heavy rain.

 

Safety: The health and safety of firefighters and the public is the first priority. The public is strongly urged to stay clear of the fire area. The Tonto National Forest has issued a temporary road and area closure for the Middle Fire. The signed closure order and map are available on the Tonto National Forest website at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tonto/alerts-notices.

 

Restrictions: The Tonto National Forest remains in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions until September 30, 2021, or until rescinded. Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in place to protect the public and firefighters, as well as National Forest System lands and resources, during a period of very high to extreme wildlife danger. The Stage 2 Fire Restrictions order, along with accompanying map, are available on the Tonto National Forest website. A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in place over the area, which includes unmanned aircraft, or drones. Unauthorized use of drones in a wildfire area endangers the lives of pilots and firefighters. Never fly an unmanned aircraft over or near a wildfire. See www.nifc.gov/drones for additional information on the dangers drones pose to wildland firefighting aircraft and personnel on the ground.

 

Smoke: Smoke from the Middle Fire may be visible from communities in the surrounding area. An interactive smoke map at https://fire.airnow.gov/ allows you to zoom into your location to see the latest smoke information. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures.

 

Media & Public Information Contact

Email: 2021.middle@firenet.gov  Phone: (602) 428-5397 Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7622/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TontoNationalForest • Twitter: @TontoForest


Middle Fire - July 9 Update

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Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 4 assumes command of Middle Fire
July 9, 2021 Daily Update

Highlights: The Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 4, led by Incident Commander Carl Schwope, assumed command of the Middle Fire this morning, Friday, July 9, 2021 at 6 a.m. A Type 2 Incident Management Team brings additional resources and management capabilities to manage the increasingly complex fire.

Operations: The Middle Fire was first discovered on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, just outside of the Mazatzal Wilderness boundary on the Cave Creek Ranger District of the Tonto National Forest. The Middle Fire was one of several lightning-caused fires that occurred last week as a result of thunderstorms passing through the area. The fire is burning 3 miles west of the Verde River and 3 miles northeast of Red Creek Ranch, in a remote area where access to the forest is extremely challenging due to steep, rocky terrain. Throughout the week, fire activity has steadily increased due to outflow winds from recent thunderstorms, higher temperatures, and lower humidity, and the fire continues to grow to the north and northeast in difficult terrain. Aviation resources have been assisting with mapping and information gathering while firefighters have been scouting for opportunities to safely and successfully contain the fire. Crews are currently assessing and providing protection around ranches and other infrastructure in the area.

Weather: Isolated showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon. Primary hazards associated with these storms include strong gusty winds, brief heavy rainfall and lightning. Isolated showers may also develop on Saturday but should remain in the higher terrain. High temperatures ranging from 102-105 degrees are expected over the fire area.

Safety: The health and safety of firefighters and the public is the first priority. The public is strongly urged to stay clear of the fire area. The Tonto National Forest has issued a temporary road and area closure for the Middle Fire. The signed closure order and map are available on the Tonto National Forest website at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tonto/alerts-notices.

Restrictions: The Tonto National Forest remains in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions until September 30, 2021, or until rescinded. Stage 2 Fire Restrictions are in place to protect the public and firefighters, as well as National Forest System lands and resources, during a period of very high to extreme wildlife danger. The Stage 2 Fire Restrictions order, along with accompanying map, are available on the Tonto National Forest website. A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is in place over the area, which includes unmanned aircraft, or drones. Unauthorized use of drones in a wildfire area endangers the lives of pilots and firefighters. Never fly an unmanned aircraft over or near a wildfire. See www.nifc.gov/drones for additional information on the dangers drones pose to wildland firefighting aircraft and personnel on the ground.

Smoke: Smoke from the Middle Fire may be visible from communities in the surrounding area. An interactive smoke map at https://fire.airnow.gov/ allows you to zoom into your location to see the latest smoke information. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures.

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Media & Public Information Contact
Email: 2021.middle@firenet.govPhone: (602) 428-5397 • Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7622/
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Tiger Fire - 7/9/2021 Update

 

Increased Humidity Slows Tiger Fire Spread  

 

Public Information: (928) 925-1111           

Email: 2021.tiger@firenet.gov       

Size: 15,685 acres                                                  

Containment:  29%                             

Cause: Lightning                                                   

Location: 11 miles east of Crown King                

Start Date: June 30, 2021, 3:45 p.m.              

Incident Commander: Dave Gesser          

Incident Personnel: 367 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

Facebook Live with the IC and Operations Friday, July 9 at 8pm. Prescott National Forest Facebook Page. 

 

With the community of Crown King in a “Set” status, the town is now closed to the public. Only residents will be allowed in and out. 

 

FIRE CLOSURES: The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and Prescott National Forest have closed County Road 177 and national forest lands generally south of County Road 177 from Mayer, west to Palace Station, except for Crown King residents with identification. For detailed information see:  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7595/ 

 

Yesterday the fire perimeter between Black Canyon City north to Castle Creek and west of Bumble Bee was contained.  Due to increased humidity, the fires overall intensity slowed but remained active. Firefighters remained abreast of the fire’s westward progress in the Horsethief Basin area by using firing operations from prepared lines to direct fire movement away from structures and improvements. 

 

Other crews worked to prepare the Crown King Road (County Road 59) for possible contingency firing operations between Cleator and Crown King, should future conditions require that tactic. Preparations for potential firing operations were also made along portions of Black Canyon Road (FS 101) as the fire moved downhill north and east toward more defensible terrain. A late afternoon rain cell dropped moisture over the northern portion of the fire. 

 

Today firefighters are working on structure protection operations to protect Crown King. These actions include re-clearing previous fire control lines and temporarily installing pumps and sprinklers. In Horsethief Basin, crews are monitoring yesterday’s burnouts and providing point protection tactics as needed to protect structures and improvements. Other resources are monitoring the fires progress south of Cleator, ready to do a firing operation to slow or redirect the fire’s movement. 

 

WEATHER: Forecasts call for continuing hot weather with increased chances of thunderstorms and accompanying gusty outflow winds.  

 

EVACUATIONS: Presently the communities of Cleator and portions of Black Canyon City are in “READY” status. Crown King and the Lorena Gulch Cabins are in “SET” status and Horsethief Basin is in “GO” status in accordance with Arizona’s Ready-Set-Go Program https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go       

 

FOREST CLOSURES: Arizona’s publicly managed lands are in widely different levels of closure/restrictions. Those planning to visit Arizona’s outdoors should consult appropriate land management agency web sites immediately prior to planning a trip to determine current restrictions and emergency fire area closures. Visit: https://wildlandfire.az.gov/fire-restrictions for current restrictions. 

 

Inciweb:   https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7595/ 

Prescott National Forest - Facebook: www.facebook.com/PrescottNF 

Prescott National Forest - Twitter: twitter.com/PrescottNF  

 

 

Tiger Fire Public Information

Phone:  928-925-1111

InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7595/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF

Twitter: twitter.com/PrescottNF


Tiger Fire - 7/8/2021 Update

 

Crown King Evacuation Status Changes from “Ready” to “Set”  

 

Public Information: (928) 925-1111           

Email: 2021.tiger@firenet.gov       

Size: 13,175 acres                                                 

Containment:  29%                             

Cause: Lightning                                                   

Location: 11 miles east of Crown King                

Start Date: June 30, 2021, 3:45 p.m.              

Incident Commander: Dave Gesser          

Incident Personnel: 361 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

COMMUNITY MEETING-Facebook Live with the IC and Operations Thursday, July 8 at 8pm. Prescott National Forest Facebook Page 

 

The Tiger Fire crossed a management action point Wednesday afternoon which prompted the Incident Management Team to recommend to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office that Crown King be alerted that their evacuation status has changed from “Ready” to “Set”. 

 

ROAD CLOSURES: At the request of the incident management team, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has closed the Crown King Road (County Road 59) between Crown King and Cleator effective at 8 a.m. July 7, 2021, except for assigned fire related personnel and residents with identification. The Crown King Road was closed for the safety of firefighters using heavy equipment working in the closure area along County Road 59. The Bumblebee Road remains closed from Black Canyon City to the junction of County Roads 179 and 178.  

 

With the community of Crown King in a “Set” status, the town is now closed to the public. Residents only will be allowed in and out. 

 

The Tiger Fire was very active yesterday. On the north and western perimeter of the fire, the continued high temperatures and low humidity combined with burnout operations north and south along the 52 road in the vicinity of the wilderness boundary, produced a large amount of smoke during the afternoon. Other smoke columns within the fire perimeter were more visible as unburned pockets of fuel on the interior of the fire were consumed.  

 

Crews continued to prepare the Crown King Road (County Road 59) for a possible contingency firing operation between Cleator and Crown King, should conditions require that tactic in coming days. Other crews worked patrolling, extinguishing hotspots, and securing the eastern perimeter of the fire.   

 

WEATHER: Forecasts call for slightly less hot and dry weather with a slight chance of thunderstorms Thursday along with the accompanying threat of gusty outflow winds.  

 

EVACUATIONS: Presently the communities of Cleator and portions of Black Canyon City are in “READY” status. Crown King and the Lorena Gulch Cabins are in “SET” status and Horsethief Basin is in “GO” status in accordance with Arizona’s Ready-Set-Go Program https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go       

 

FOREST CLOSURES: Arizona’s publicly managed lands are in widely different levels of closure/restrictions. Those planning to visit Arizona’s outdoors should consult appropriate land management agency web sites immediately prior to planning a trip to determine current restrictions and emergency fire area closures. Visit: https://wildlandfire.az.gov/fire-restrictions for current restrictions. 

 

Inciweb:   https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7595/ 

Prescott National Forest - Facebook: www.facebook.com/PrescottNF 

Prescott National Forest - Twitter: twitter.com/PrescottNF  

 

Tiger Fire Public Information

Phone:  928-925-1111

InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7595/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF

Twitter: twitter.com/PrescottNF


Forest Service News Release - Prescott National Forest

Forest Service News Release

Prescott National Forest reopens to public entry

Stage 2 Fire Restrictions remain in place

 

PRESCOTT, AZ – July 7, 2021— At 8:00 a.m. today, July 7, 2021 the Prescott National Forest has rescinded the full forest closure in coordination with neighboring forests.  Stage II Fire Restrictions including Shooting Restrictions will remain in effect.  In addition, a fire area closure remains in place for the Rafael and Tiger Fires. 

Recreation personnel ask for patience as they work to remove gates, locks, signage, and barriers throughout the coming days.  All developed recreation sites on the Verde Ranger District will be open tomorrow by 8:00 a.m.  On the Bradshaw Ranger District all day-use and dispersed camping sites will be open today and developed family and group campgrounds will open on Friday, July 9 at 12:00 p.m.

While the forest-wide closure will be lifted, specific closures around the Rafael and Tiger Fire will be in effect.  To view the Fire Emergency Closures, please go to our Alerts & Notices.

 

Stage II fire restrictions prohibit the following:

  1. Igniting, building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire.
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of any flammable material.
  3. Welding, or operating any acetylene or other torch with an open flame.
  4. Operating a chainsaw or other equipment operated by an internal combustion engine between the hours of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.  
  5. Discharging a firearm, except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal or tribal laws and regulations.

 

Exemptions to the restrictions include the following:

  1. Persons with a written Forest Service authorization specifically exempting them from the effect of this order.
  2. Persons using a stove or grill that is solely fueled by liquid petroleum or liquid petroleum gas (LPG) fuels.
  3. Persons operating generators with an approved spark arresting device in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the generator.
  4. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

 

For information on the Prescott National Forest, check out the Prescott NF website and following us on Facebook and Twitter.     


Forest Service News Release - Coconino National Forest

Coconino NF to reopen to public 6 a.m. July 6; Stage 2 restrictions will be in effect

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., July 5, 2021 — The Coconino National Forest will reopen to the public beginning 6 a.m. July 6.

 

Recreation technicians ask for patience as they work to remove gates, locks and barriers throughout the coming days.

 

The decision to reopen the forest was made based on the amount of recent rainfall that occurred across all three districts of the forest. Stage 2 fire restrictions will be in effect upon reopening.

 

Stage 2 restrictions prohibit the following:

 

  1. Igniting fires, campfires, charcoal, coal, smudge pots and wood stoves (except using a stove or grill that is solely fueled by pressurized liquid petroleum or pressurized liquid petroleum gas (LPG) fuels).
  2. Smoking (except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of any flammable material).
  3. During the hours of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine for felling, bucking, skidding, processing, road building and woodcutting during industrial operations or firewood gathering capable of igniting a fire.
  4. During the hours of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., using a blasting, welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame.
  5. Using explosives and fireworks is always prohibited on all National Forest land.

 

While the forest-wide closure will be lifted, specific closures around active wildfires – such as the Rafael Fire, Backbone Fire, Slate Fire and Snake Fire – may still be in effect. A full list of forest orders detailing specific closure areas is available on the Coconino NF’s website.

 

Fire danger remains extreme across all forest districts, and forest visitors are asked to remain vigilant and refrain from any behavior that may accidentally start a wildfire. Drivers should avoid dragging chains and driving vehicles over dry vegetation that may ignite.

 

Violation of the restrictions on national forests is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000, imprisonment up to six months, or both.


Post-Fire Flood Potential

Post-Fire Flood Potential 

 

 

Several fires in Yavapai County have potential for increased runoff and debris flows downstream of the burn areas. Residents and visitors should be aware of the burn areas and pay attention to their surroundings during the monsoon season. 

There is a reasonable potential that the watersheds within the burn area of the Rafael, including Sycamore Canyon, Fossil Creek, and the Verde River, will see increased flows and mudflows as the debris and ash from the fire are washed downstream.  

In addition, areas downstream of the Backbone Fire will likely see increased runoff and debris flow from the fire and caution should be used when entering the areas once open to the public again. Future increased runoff for several years can be expected.  

Residents on the east side of Cornville should also be aware of the potential for increased runoff and debris flow from the Cornville fire.  

As we enter monsoon season following the fires, it is important to evaluate the capacity for storm runoff on your property. Make sure all drains, culverts, and waterways are free from obstruction.  

Any residential structure in Yavapai County is eligible for flood insurance under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). This includes structures in a Special Flood Hazard Area as mapped by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). There is a waiver to the 30-day waiting period for flood insurance at the time of a claim if the claims are for a flood originating on and resulting from a fire on Federal property and the policy was purchased within 60 days of the containment date. Any residents downstream of the fire are encouraged to talk to your insurance agent about obtaining flood insurance. More information can be found at www.FEMA.gov/NFIP.  

Sandbag locations will be updated on the Emergency Management Facebook page. www.facebook.com/YCOEM/ 

Specific questions about the flood hazard area on your property can be directed to the Flood Control District at (928) 771-3197. 


Backbone Fire Update - June 28, 2021

Backbone Fire Morning Update June 28, 2021

Backbone Fire Wildfire
News – 54 min. ago

Acres: 40,826 acres                                                                                   
Percent Containment: 43%         
Start Date: June 16, 2021
Cause: Lightning                           
Origin Location: Approximately 12 miles west of Pine and Strawberry, Arizona
Fuels: Pinyon Juniper, Chaparral, Brush, Grass, Cactus
Personnel Assigned: 632

Increased containment on Backbone Fire

Today begins a trend towards cooler and wetter conditions, which will moderate fire behavior and aid suppression efforts.  Fire crews will be working the fire’s edge looking for any remaining hot spots.  They are being supported by drones with infrared and aircraft conducting bucket drops as needed.  Crews are also finishing chipping debris along the corridor of State Routes 260 and 87.  Firefighters will continue suppression repair work across the fire area.


Public Land Closures: Because of the extreme fire danger, many of the National Forests in Arizona have been closedto protect public health and safety. Please check the website for your specific National Forest for closure notifications.

Road Closures: State Route 260 is closed between Camp Verde and State Route 87. State Route 87 is closed at mile post 270.5 north of Strawberry to Clint’s Well. Motorists are advised to visit https://www.az511.com for current road closures.

Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) is working closely with the agencies responding to wildfires across the state. While there has been some damage to APS infrastructure due to wildfire activity, at this time there are no customers without power because of the fires and disruption in service is not currently anticipated. APS is monitoring fire progress and will coordinate with emergency response agencies in the event there is a need to take power lines out of service to protect firefighters and/or if the fire or smoke impacts electrical infrastructure. Given the unpredictability of fires and weather, APS encourages customers to visit aps.com/outagecenter for tips on how to prepare for an outage, to sign up for outage alerts and to view the APS outage map.

Weather: Temperatures today will range from 94 to 104 degrees and humidity will be higher, ranging from 10 to 20%. Winds will continue to be from the northeast with gusts of 25 mph possible. There will be a good chance of rain beginning Tuesday.

Evacuations: The communities of Hunt Ranch, Strawberry, and Pine are at “Set.” Residents and visitors should contact their county or visit https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go for information regarding evacuation status.   

No Drone Zone: A temporary flight restriction remains in place over the Backbone Fire.

Fire Danger Remains Extreme:  Please use caution when recreating or working outdoors. Check for fire restrictions or information on fire activity around Arizona at: https://wildlandfire.az.gov/.


Backbone Fire Update - June 24, 2021

Backbone Fire Morning Update June 24, 2021

Backbone Fire Wildfire
News – 3 hrs. ago

Acres: 40,591 acres

Percent Containment: 1%

Start Date: June 16, 2021

Cause: Lightning

Origin Location: Approximately 12 miles west of Pine and Strawberry, Arizona

Fuels: Pinyon Juniper, Chaparral, Brush, Grass, Cactus

Personnel Assigned: 740


Rain Calms Backbone Fire

Yesterday the Backbone Fire received small amounts of rain, ranging from 0.1 to .25 inches. This has calmed the fire, but the forecast calls for increasing temperatures and lower humidity into the weekend that will remove any effects of the rain. For this reason, the team anticipates that residents of Strawberry and Pine will stay evacuated for at least another week. On the east side of the fire crews will be attempting to construct a direct fire line on Deadman Mesa to stop forward progression of the fire toward Strawberry and Pine. Crews will continue to strengthen the community defenses by constructing fire lines and completing structural protection work around the town and residences. Residents of Camp Verde and nearby communities will continue to see the fire slowly move northwest towards their towns. Firefighters will be working at strengthening control lines and assessing community defense needs. Aircraft will be used to keep the fire east of the Verde River and to slow its forward advance wherever they can be effective. Crews are working along State Route 260 to prepare for continued burning operations.

Public Land Closures: Because of the extreme fire danger, many of the National Forests in Arizona have been, or soon will be closed to protect public health and safety. Please check the website for your specific National Forest for closure notifications.

Road Closures: State Route 260 is closed between Camp Verde and State Route 87. State Route 87 is closed north of Payson to Clints Well. Motorists are advised to visit https://www.az511.com for current road closures before traveling.

Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) is working closely with the agencies responding to wildfires across the state. While there has been some impact to APS infrastructure due to the Backbone Fire, there are no customers without power at this time because of fire activity and disruption in service is not currently anticipated. APS is monitoring fire progress and will coordinate with emergency response agencies in the event there is a need to take power lines out of service to protect firefighters and/or if the fire or smoke impacts electrical infrastructure. APS customers can visit aps.com/outagecenter for information on how to be prepared for an outage and to view the APS outage map.
 

Weather: Temperatures will remain well above normal and are exceeding 100 degrees with single-digit humidity. Southwest winds will increase during the day with gusts of 13 to 18 mph possible.
 

Evacuations: Evacuation orders continue to be in place for the communities of Pine and Strawberry. The communities of Beasley Flats and Verde Lakes are in a Ready status. Residents and visitors should contact their county or visit https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go for information regarding evacuation status.
 

No Drone Zone: A temporary flight restriction remains in place over the Backbone Fire.
 

Fire Danger Remains Extreme: Please use caution when recreating or working outdoors. Check for fire restrictions or information on fire activity around Arizona at: https://wildlandfire.az.gov/.
 

Backbone Fire Information• Phone: 928-362-4088• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BackboneFireInfo/• InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7545/• Twitter: https://twitter.com/backbone_fire


Yavapai County Orders Outdoor Fire Ban

Yavapai County Orders Outdoor Fire Ban 

 

On Wednesday June 23, 2021, The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown signed the interim order prohibiting unauthorized use of fire, to protect the public, infrastructure, and environment, in accordance with Yavapai County Ordinance 2020-2, Section VII, and A.R.S. § 11-251(63).  Effective date of this fire ban is June 25, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. MST. 

This order was requested because a fire emergency determination has been declared by the Yavapai County Emergency Management Officer, in accordance with Yavapai County Ordinance 2020-2, Section VI.  The restrictions are due to concerns with the trending high Energy Release Component (ERC), decreasing fuel moisture levels, low relative humidity levels, a high-risk potential for large fire events, a significant reduction in available fire suppression personnel and equipment due to the number of ongoing wildfires throughout the Southwestern U.S., and multiple Red Flag days; all of which have contributed to concerns for the well-being and health of suppression personnel and residents of Yavapai County. 


Pursuant to Yavapai County Ordinance 2020-2, Section VIII.D, and in coordination with other governmental entities that manage lands within Yavapai County, an Outdoor Fire Ban is hereby implemented as part of this action (in addition to those restrictions of Stages 1 and 2), which includes: 

1. All outdoor burning is prohibited, to include, combustion, open fire, campfire, and fireworks, subject to the Permitted Fireworks section VIII.A, other than as follows: 

a. Persons with a written permit or variance that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act. 

b. Any Federal, State, or Local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty. 

 

Stage 2 restrictions include: 

  1. Prohibition of:  
    1. Discharging or using any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device when prohibited by the Permitted Fireworks section VIII.A.  
    2. Using an explosive.  
    3. Operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine between the hours of 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. 
    4. Welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame 
    5. Possession or use a motor vehicle off of Forest System Roads except when parking in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway; and except for parking overnight in a developed campground and or trailheads. 

      Petroleum-fueled stoves or lanterns and enclosed charcoal barbeque grills operated in residential yards are exempt from this prohibition, but the public is urged to exercise extreme caution in the use of such stoves, lanterns, or grills; and the public is urged to strictly obey any and all federal, state, or local fire restrictions currently in force as well as any such restrictions as may be enacted in the future. 

      As a reminder, Stage 1 restrictions were previously implemented, which includes prohibition of:  
  1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire except within a developed recreation site, or improved site. 
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an outdoor area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials. 
Operating or using any equipment with an internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order meeting either the USDA Forest Service Standard 5100-1a (as amended), or appropriate Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recommended practice J335(b) and J350(a) (36 CFR 261.52 (j)).  

Backbone Fire Community Meeting


Forest Service News Release

Forest Service News Release

 

 

Full forest closure for the Prescott National Forest to begin Friday, June 25 at 8:00 A.M.

 

PRESCOTT, AZ – June 23, 2021— Due to fire danger, dry conditions, and persistent wildfire activity during a time when firefighting resources are scarce, the entirety of the Prescott National Forest will close for public safety, beginning Friday (June 25) at 8 a.m.

A full forest closure means that the public is prohibited from entering any part of the Prescott National Forest at any time. Those with private inholdings will be allowed access to their property, as well as personnel providing critical utility support and firefighters performing official duties. In addition, work on thinning and other forest and watershed restoration projects will cease.

Forest Service personnel will attempt to reach as many people as possible to begin vacating campsites and informing individuals who are currently camping in the forest. Campers and visitors should vacate their campsites before the closure begins, and the public should cancel any plans for visiting the Prescott National Forest for the next several weeks. 

Though parts of the national forest may receive rain from sporadic storms over the next couple of weeks, this closure will not be rescinded until sufficient precipitation is received to adequately reduce the risk of wildfire, and hot, dry weather conditions are no longer forecast.  In short, this closure will continue until conditions are such that the closure can be lifted.

The violation of closures and fire restrictions carries a mandatory appearance in federal court, punishable as a Class B misdemeanor with a fine of up to $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or up to six months in prison, or both.

For information on the Prescott National Forest, check out the Prescott NF website and following us on Facebook and Twitter.     


Backbone Fire Update - June 23, 2021

Backbone Fire Morning Update June 23, 2021

Backbone Fire Wildfire
News – 43 min. ago

Acres: 38,328 acres
Percent Containment: 1%
Start Date: June 16, 2021
Cause: Lightning
Origin Location: Approximately 12 miles west of Pine and Strawberry, Arizona
Fuels: Pinyon Juniper, Chaparral, Brush, Grass, Cactus
Personnel Assigned: 590

Community Meeting Planned for Camp Verde on Wednesday Evening
Firefighters continue to work to contain the Backbone wildfire that was started last week by lightning. The Backbone Fire is one of dozens of wildfires burning in hot, dry conditions across Arizona. Firefighter and public safety remain the number one priority as only 1 percent of the fire is contained. There will be a community meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the Philip England Performing Art center in Camp Verde, AZ.
 
On the west side Fire crews continue to monitor the fire as it nears the east side of the Verde River. Contingency lines near Beasley Flat and Camp Verde are being improved. Preparation efforts also continue along State Route 260 and near structures and other infrastructure for possible firing operations. Weather conditions overnight did not allow for additional firing operations; however, Fire personnel continued to hold, patrol, and secure the east side of the fire, improving previous night’s operations. Crews and aircraft continue to work the southeast area of the fire in areas including Hardscrabble Canyon and Deadman Mesa to prevent fire from establishing in the drainage.
 
Public Land Closures: An emergency area fire closure has been issued to protect public health and safety from fire activities. All Tonto, Coconino, and Prescott National Forest lands, roads, and trails in the area of the Backbone Fire are closed. Full details of area and road closures are available on the Backbone Fire Inciweb page at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7545/
 
Road Closures: State Route 260 is closed between Camp Verde and state Route 87. State Route 87 is closed north of Payson to Clint’s Well. Motorists are advised to visit https://www.az511.com for current road closures before traveling.
 
Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) is working closely with the agencies responding to wildfires across the state. While there has been some impact to APS infrastructure due to the Backbone Fire, there are no customers without power at this time because of fire activity and disruption in service is not currently anticipated. APS is monitoring fire progress and will coordinate with emergency response agencies in the event there is a need to take power lines out of service to protect firefighters and/or if the fire or smoke impacts electrical infrastructure. APS customers can visit aps.com/outagecenter for information on how to be prepared for an outage and to view the APS outage map.Weather: Gusty and erratic winds from outflow will be possible, but the chance of any measurable rain remains low.
 
Evacuations: Evacuation orders were issued for the communities of Pine and Strawberry. Residents and visitors should contact their county or visit https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go for information regarding evacuation status.
 
No Drone Zone: A temporary flight restriction remains in place over the Backbone Fire.
 
Fire Danger Remains Extreme. National Forest closures are in effect on the Kaibab and Coconino 6/23/21, Apache-Sitgreaves 6/24/21, Prescott 6/25/21. Tonto National Forest will implement a Forest Closure beginning Friday, June 25. Check for fire restrictions or information on fire activity around Arizona at: https://wildlandfire.az.gov/


Coconino National Forest Full Closure

Full closure of Coconino NF begins Wednesday

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., June 21, 2021 — Due to fire danger, dry conditions, and persistent wildfire activity during a time when firefighting resources are sparse, the entirety of Coconino National Forest will close for public safety, beginning Wednesday (June 23) at 8 a.m.

 

A full forest closure means that the public is prohibited from entering any part of Coconino National Forest at any time. Only those with private inholdings will be allowed access to their property, as well as personnel providing utility support where necessary, and firefighters performing their duties.

 

Forest Service personnel will attempt to reach as many people as possible to begin vacating campsites and informing individuals who are camping in the forest currently. Campers and visitors to the national forest should vacate their campsites before the closure begins, and the public should cancel any plans for visiting the Coconino National Forest for the next several weeks.

 

Though parts of the national forest may receive rain from sporadic storms over the next couple of weeks, this closure will not be rescinded until sufficient precipitation is received to adequately reduce the risk of wildfire, and hot, dry weather conditions are no longer forecast to continue. In short, this closure will continue until conditions are such that the closure can be lifted.

 

Work on thinning and other forest and watershed restoration projects will cease. Partner agencies, organizations, concessionaires, outfitters, permit holders, and contractors, are all prohibited from entering the national forest.

 

Violating closures and fire restrictions is a violation that carries a mandatory appearance in federal court, punishable as a Class B misdemeanor with a fine of up to $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, or up to six months in prison, or both.

STAGE III FOREST CLOSURE


Backbone Fire Update - June 22, 2021

Backbone Fire Morning Update June 22, 2021

Backbone Fire Wildfire
News – 14 min. ago

Acres: 37,296 acres                                                                                   

Percent Containment: 0%           
Start Date: June 16, 2021 Cause: Lightning                             
Origin Location: Approximately 12 miles west of Pine and Strawberry, Arizona
Fuels: Pinyon Juniper, Chaparral, Brush, Grass, Cactus
Personnel Assigned: 442    
Active suppression operations continue on Backbone Fire

Last night, fire personnel began a firing operation starting at the intersection of state routes 260 and 87 near the communities of Strawberry and Pine. Crews plan to spend today holding and improving this line. Firefighters and equipment continued to construct and improve the community protection line around Strawberry. Structure protection crews worked to protect values at risk and assess hazards in the communities of Strawberry and Pine. Crews were inserted into Hardscrabble Canyon to construct direct line on the fire. On the west side, the fire continued to advance slowly to the northwest, reaching the vicinity of Brown’s Spring on the Verde River. Residents of Camp Verde and nearby communities will continue to see the fire follow this pattern of growth for the next several days while firefighters establish containment lines to stop this growth. Crews are working along State Route 260 to prepare for continued burning operations. Aircraft will be used to keep the fire east of the Verde River and to slow forward advance wherever they can be effective. Dry conditions persist, allowing for active to extreme burning conditions.   

Public Land Closures: An emergency area fire closure has been issued to protect public health and safety from fire activities. All Tonto, Coconino and Prescott National Forest lands, roads and trails in the area of the Backbone Fire are closed. Full details of area and road closures are available on the Backbone Fire InciWeb page at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7545/. The entire Coconino and Kaibab National Forests will be closed for public safety beginning 8 a.m. Wednesday June 23.

Road Closures: State Route 260 is closed between Camp Verde and State Route 87. State Route 87 is closed north of Payson to Clints Well. Motorists are advised to visit https://www.az511.com for current road closures before traveling.   Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) is working closely with the agencies responding to wildfires across the state. While there has been some impact to APS infrastructure due to the Backbone Fire, there are no customers without power at this time because of fire activity and disruption in service is not currently anticipated. APS is monitoring fire progress and will coordinate with emergency response agencies in the event there is a need to take power lines out of service to protect firefighters and/or if the fire or smoke impacts electrical infrastructure. APS customers can visit aps.com/outagecenter for information on how to be prepared for an outage and to view the APS outage map.

Weather: Temperatures will remain well above normal and are exceeding 100 degrees with single-digit humidity. Southwest winds will increase during the day with gusts of 13 to 18 mph possible.

Evacuations: Evacuation orders were issued for the communities of Pine and Strawberry. Residents and visitors should contact their county or visit https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go for information regarding evacuation status.     

No Drone Zone: A temporary flight restriction remains in place over the Backbone Fire.  

Fire Danger Remains Extreme: All State Trust Land, Prescott, Tonto, and Coconino national forests are under Stage II Fire Restrictions. Please use caution when recreating or working outdoors. Check for fire restrictions or information on fire activity around Arizona at: https://wildlandfire.az.gov/.  



Backbone Fire Update - June 21, 2021

Backbone Fire Morning Update June 21, 2021

Acres: 32,757 acres
Percent Containment: 0%
Start Date: June 16, 2021
Cause: Lightning
Origin Location: Approximately 12 miles west of Pine and Strawberry, Arizona
Fuels: Pinyon Juniper, Chaparral, Brush, Grass, Cactus
Personnel Assigned: 334 

Backbone Fire Community Meeting tonight at the Payson High School Auditorium 
There will be a community meeting tonight, Monday June 21, 2021 at 5:30 pm at the Payson High School Auditorium, 301 S. McLane Road, Payson Arizona.  The meeting will be open to the public and live streamed on the Incident Facebook Page

Dry conditions persist allowing for active to extreme burning conditions.  On the eastern side of the fire, firefighters and equipment will continue to construct and improve the community protection line around Strawberry.  Structure protection crews are working to protect values at risk and assess hazards in the communities of Strawberry and Pine.  Aircraft will be utilized to prevent the fire from establishing in Hardscrabble Canyon.  On the western side of the fire firefighters and heavy equipment are working to keep the fire east of the Verde River and surrounding subdivisions.

Public Land Closures:  An emergency area fire closure has been issued to protect public health and safety from fire activities.  All Tonto, Coconino, and Prescott National Forest lands, roads, and trails in the area of the Backbone Fire are closed. Full details of area and road closures are available on the Backbone Fire Inciweb page at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7545/

Road Closures: State Route 260 is closed between Camp Verde and state Route 87. State Route 87 is closed north of Payson to Clints Well. Motorists are advised to visit https://www.az511.com for current road closures before traveling.

APS is working closely with the agencies responding to the Backbone Fire. While APS doesn’t t currently anticipate a disruption in service, the fire’s progress is being monitored in the event there is a need to take power lines out of service to protect firefighters and/or the fire or smoke impacts to electrical infrastructure. Customers can visit aps.com/outagecenter for information on how to be prepared for an outage and to view the APS outage map.

Weather: Temperatures will remain well above normal and are exceeding 100 degrees with single-digit humidity.  Southwest winds will increase during the day with gusts of 20 to 25 mph possible.

Evacuations: Evacuation orders were issued for the communities of Pine and Strawberry. Residents and visitors should contact their county or visit https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go for information regarding evacuation status.

No Drone Zone:  A temporary flight restriction remains in place over the Backbone Fire.

Fire Danger Remains Extreme.  All State Trust Land, Prescott, Tonto, and Coconino National Forests are under Stage II Fire Restrictions.  Please use caution when recreating or working outdoors. Check for fire restrictions or information on fire activity around Arizona at: https://wildlandfire.az.gov/ 

Backbone Fire Information 

• Phone: (928) 362-4088   

• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BackboneFireInfo/ 

• Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7545/  

• Twitter: https://twitter.com/backbone_fire 


Backbone Fire Community Meeting


Yavapai County Enters Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

Yavapai County Will Enter Stage 2 Fire Restrictions 

 

On Tuesday June 8, 2021, The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown signed the Interim Stage 2 Fire Prohibition Order. The effective date of the fire ban is June 11, 2021, at 8:00 AM.  

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown said, “Working in conjunction with the Yavapai County Emergency Manager, local organizations such as the Prescott National Forest, Sedona Fire District and many others, it has been determined that since there has been no significant rain and the reported fuel levels are at a dangerously high level, we believe that at this time, moving to stage 2 fire restrictions is the wise thing to do.” 

Stage 2 restrictions are implemented in addition to those restrictions of Stage 1, and include: 

  1. Prohibition of:  
    1. Discharging or using any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device when prohibited by the Permitted Fireworks section VIII.A.  
    2. Using an explosive.  
    3. Operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine between the hours of 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. 
    4. Welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame 
    5. Possession or use a motor vehicle off of Forest System Roads except when parking in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway; and except for parking overnight in a developed campground and or trailheads. 

      Petroleum-fueled stoves or lanterns and enclosed charcoal barbeque grills operated in residential yards are exempt from this prohibition, but the public is urged to exercise extreme caution in the use of such stoves, lanterns, or grills; and The public is urged to strictly obey any and all federal, state, or local fire restrictions currently in force as well as any such restrictions as may be enacted in the future. 

      The fire restriction set forth in this Order shall be subject to any exceptions established by current or future Federal, State, or Local fire restrictions and shall not apply on those public lands on which fire restrictions have not been imposed. 

      Regardless of any exceptions to the fire restrictions contained in this Order, or any exceptions contained in fire restrictions enacted by other entities.  The public is hereby urged to use particular caution in all uses of fire during this period of extreme fire danger. 

      This interim order will be considered and ratified at the next Board of Supervisors scheduled meeting. 

      As a reminder, Stage 1 restrictions are hereby implemented as part of this action, which includes prohibition of:  
  1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire except within a developed recreation site, or improved site. 
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an outdoor area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials. 
Operating or using any equipment with an internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order meeting either the USDA Forest Service Standard 5100-1a (as amended), or appropriate Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recommended practice J335(b) and J350(a) (36 CFR 261.52 (j)).

Forest Service News Release - Fire Restrictions

Forest Service News Release

 

Prescott National Forest Enters Stage II Fire Restrictions

on Friday, June 11 at 8:00 A.M.

 

PRESCOTT, AZ – June 8, 2021—   Due to increasing fire danger the Prescott National Forest will implement Stage II fire restrictions effective Friday, June 11, 2020 at 8 a.m. These additional fire restrictions will remain in effect until forest officials determine that conditions have changed sufficiently to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfire.

 

Stage II fire restrictions prohibit the following:

  1. Igniting, building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire.
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of any flammable material.
  3. Welding, or operating any acetylene or other torch with an open flame.
  4. Operating a chainsaw or other equipment operated by an internal combustion engine between the hours of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.  
  5. Discharging a firearm, except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal or tribal laws and regulations.

 

Exemptions to the restrictions include the following:

  1. Persons with a written Forest Service authorization specifically exempting them from the effect of this order.
  2. Persons using a stove or grill that is solely fueled by liquid petroleum or liquid petroleum gas (LPG) fuels.
  3. Persons operating generators with an approved spark arresting device in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the generator.
  4. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

 

To view Forest Order 03-09-00-21-278: Prescott National Forest Emergency Stage II Fire Restrictions, please go to Alerts & Notices.

 

Know Before You Go! The public can obtain current state and federal fire restrictions information across Arizona on the Arizona Interagency Wildfire Prevention and Information website .  The map is a culmination of work from federal, state, and local agencies who hope to explain to the public where it is safe to have fires and where it’s not. The map shows all fire restrictions in New Mexico and Arizona, regardless of jurisdiction.

 

For information on the Prescott National Forest, check out the Prescott NF website and following us on Facebook and Twitter.  

COVID-19 Update

For Immediate Release  

Friday, June 04, 2021 

  For further information, contact: Terri Farneti, Public Health Coordinator 928.442.5596 


“National Month of Action” COVID-19 Vaccine Initiatives 

Speaking from the White House on Wednesday, President Biden announced June as the “national month of action” to get more Americans vaccinated by July 4. He urged unvaccinated Americans to get the shots, saying they are still at risk of becoming seriously ill, dying, and spreading the disease to others, especially once the U.S. approaches the fall.  Here are a few of the initiatives the President presented: 

  • Free childcare for individuals getting vaccinated: Four of the nation’s largest childcare providers will offer free childcare to all parents and caregivers getting vaccinated or recovering from vaccination from now until July 4th. (KinderCare and Learning Care Group, YMCA, Bright Horizons) 
  • Extended hours at pharmacies across the country in June to offer more flexible appointment availability: Starting next week, thousands of pharmacies nationwide will stay open late every Friday in June and offer services throughout the night to make sure Americans can get their shot. Albertson’s, CVS, and Walgreens are participating. 
  • Mayors Challenge to Increase Vaccination Rates in Cities Across America: Mayors across the country are stepping up to help in this effort by launching the “Mayors Challenge,” a competition to see which city can grow its vaccination rate the most by July 4th.  More than 50 mayors of cities in the US are participating – and Arizona is listed as one of the states. 
  • COVID-19 College Challenge: The Administration is launching the COVID-19 College Challenge, where colleges and universities can take a pledge and commit to taking action to get their students and communities vaccinated by going to WhiteHouse.gov/COVIDCollegeChallenge and signing up.  
  • Thousands of employers and businesses have stepped up to support vaccination efforts.  Check out the list: https://www.vaccines.gov/incentives.html. (Safeway, Target, United Airline, MLB, MLS, CVS, Fry’s) 

Yavapai County has vaccinated over 170,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine or 42.2% of the population.  Check out the YCCHS Vaccine Information page to make your appointment online with YRMC physicians, Spectrum Healthcare, pediatricians, or pharmacies - or call Spectrum Healthcare (877-634-7333), YCCHS clinics (928-771-3122), and Community Health Center of Yavapai (928-583-1000).  

Yavapai County reports 35 COVID-19 Cases and 3 Deaths since Tuesday for an average of 9 cases per day. The county has tested 119,612 residents for COVID-19 with 19,342 positive cases and 507 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. Yavapai Regional Medical Center reports 7 COVID-19 patients, VVMC reports 1, and the VA has 2 COVID-19 patients. 

COVID-19 Cases by County  

Apache   

11,412 

Coconino  

17,866 

Cochise   

12,090 

Graham   

5,632 

Greenlee  

577 

Gila   

6,946 

La Paz   

2,480 

Maricopa  

551,710 

Mohave   

23,137 

Navajo  

16,457 

Pima   

117,001 

Pinal   

53,090 

Santa Cruz   

8,052 

Yavapai   

19,342 

Yuma  

37,250 

New Cases Since Tuesday 

Apache   

+3 

Coconino   

+2 

Cochise   

+6 

Graham   

+7 

Greenlee   

+3 

Gila   

+9 

La Paz 

+0 

Maricopa   

+1,108 

Mohave   

+60 

Navajo   

+13 

Pima   

+91 

Pinal   

+213 

Santa Cruz   

+13 

Yavapai   

+35 

Yuma   

+6 

                         

Yavapai County No Longer Requiring Masks in County Buildings from 5/24

Yavapai County No Longer Requiring Masks in County Buildings from 5/24 

 

On May 16, 2021, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised their mask policy to state: 

  • If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic. 
  • Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html 

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown, acting on the new CDC guidelines, has announced that as of Monday May 24, 2021, masks will no longer be required in County buildings.  If you are not comfortable entering a County building, now that masks are optional, the Chairman would like to remind everyone that the website Yavapai.US is still available and that many of the services the County provides are accessible online. You can also speak with someone directly during normal business hours if utilizing the County website is not an option. 

Chairman Brown said, “We believe that as long as you are vaccinated, the chances of spreading the virus without a mask are minimal.  If you have not been vaccinated, I encourage you to contact your primary medical provider and discuss your options.   There are plenty of locations offering the vaccine in Yavapai County and you can get more information at the County Health Department’s website, Yavapai.US/CHS.” 


UPDATE ON THE TUSSOCK FIRE: Monday May 17 - morning update

 

Tussock Fire– May 17, 2021 Morning Update

Acres: 5546

               Number of Resources: 320

               Percent Containment: 91%

Date/Time Detected: May 8, 2021. 2:15 PM

Structures burned: 0

Cause: Human-under investigation

Origin/Location: 7 miles southwest of Crown King

 

TUSSOCK SUPPRESSION REPAIR CONTINUES

 

FIRE OPERATIONS

Yesterday, despite the windy day with 40 mph gusts, there were no new starts in the initial attack responsibility area of the Tussock Fire. While higher relative humidity kept the area from reaching Red Flag weather conditions, the potential for new large wildfires exists.

 

The fire's over all complexity continues to lessen. The Southwest Area Type 1 Incident Management Team #2 will begin to demobilize or reassign personnel and equipment ahead of transitioning the fire to a local incident management organization to complete remaining tasks. The transition will take place tomorrow at 6:00 a.m.

 

Firefighters will continue to monitor, secure and patrol the fire line. As a majority of firefighters are released throughout the day, engines, hand crews and 2 helicopters will remain assigned to the fire.

 

Heavy equipment completed road improvements on Forest Road 362 from Hooper Saddle to Minnehaha on Sunday. The crews used dozers and graders to level the road and masticators to remove brush along the roadside. This road improvement will allow for better access to future fires. Chippers also completed their assignments around the community of Crown King. Heavy equipment and personnel will be released this afternoon as the team continues to downsize.

 

FIRE RESTRICTIONS

Fire Restrictions are in effect across Arizona. Information is available at http://wildlandfire.az.gov

 

PUBLIC LAND CLOSURES

All BLM and Prescott National Forest lands, roads, and trails in the area of the Tussock Fire are closed. Full closure details are available on the Tussock Fire Inciweb https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7472/

 

         Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TussockFireInfo

Public and Media Information Phone line (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.): 928-228-0720

 


UPDATE ON THE TUSSOCK FIRE: Friday May 14 - morning update

 

 

Tussock Fire– May 14, 2021 Morning Update

 

Acres: 5517

Percent Containment: 71%

              Date/Time Detected: May 8, 2021. 2:15 PM

              Structures burned: 0

Number of Resources: 477

Cause: Human-under investigation

Origin/Location: 7 miles southwest of Crown King.

 

Significant containment achieved in Tussock Fire Evacuations Lifted

 

FIRE OPERATIONS

Firefighters made significant strides Thursday around most of the Tussock Fire, now at 71% containment. Despite it being the hottest day with little humidity and more winds, all containment lines held well. Pockets of light fuel are burning within the fire’s perimeter producing some smoke. Firefighters are patrolling, monitoring, and securing the fire’s edge. The weather is expected to challenge those containment lines today and tomorrow.

 

Winds are forecast to pick up, potentially to a Red Flag status and could challenge firefighters working on the north ridgeline. This area is too dangerous to insert crews due to steep terrain. The fire has parked itself there and is being monitored by air. This area has the most potential for fire spread. Heavy equipment continues to build and improve the contingency line and open access if needed.

 

COMMUNITY MEETING

Incident officials held a virtual Community Meeting on Facebook Thursday night, providing in-depth fire behavior, weather, and operations information. The briefing was recorded and can be seen anytime at https://www.facebook.com/TussockFireInfo

 

EVACUATIONS LIFTED

The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office lifted evacuations May 13, 2021 for the areas of Fort Misery, Minnehaha, and Horse Thief Basin. All residents in Crown King, Fort Misery, Minnehaha, and Horse Thief Basin should remain in “Ready” Status. Crown King roads remain closed to all non-residents;

 

FIRE RESTRICTIONS

Fire activity and dry conditions trigger Fire Restrictions in Central and Western Arizona Beginning TODAY May 14, 2021. Information is available at http://wildlandfire.az.gov

 

PUBLIC LAND CLOSURES:

All BLM and Prescott National Forest lands, roads, and trails in the area of the Tussock Fire are closed. Full closures details are available on the Tussock Fire Inciweb https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7472/

 

Public Information Phone Line (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.): 928-228-0720

Media Information Phone Line: 928-421-4579

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TussockFireInfo

YCSO Phone Line: (928-771-3260)


UPDATE ON THE TUSSOCK FIRE: Thursday May 13 - morning update

 

Acres: 5517

Percent Containment: 17%

Date/Time Detected: May 8, 2021. 2:15 PM

Structures burned: 0

Number of Resources: 477

Cause: Human-under investigation

Origin/Location: 7 miles s/w of Crown King.

 

Community Meeting Tonight (Thursday) 8:00 p.m. Facebook Live

https://www.facebook.com/TussockFireInfo

 

Southwest Area Incident Management Team 2 will be hosting a virtual Community Meeting Thursday night on Facebook Live at 8:00 p.m.  Residents and participants are encouraged to enter questions on the Facebook “chat” or email questions ahead of time to 2021.tussock@firenet.gov.

No Facebook account is required to view the recorded meeting at a later time.

 

FIRE OPERATIONS: The Tussock Fire was quieter on Wednesday allowing fire personnel to advance containment efforts. Crews continued to make good progress building control lines along the western fire flank and today are moving toward the northern fire edge where the highest potential for fire spread exists. Six Hotshot crews are in place along the rugged eastern flank, building fire control lines and extinguishing hot spots. On the steep northern slopes, heavy equipment is being used to build a fireline in advance of potential spread, essentially a “catcher’s mitt” intended to stop the fire from moving to the north. Equipment and personnel continue to apply structure protection mitigation actions by removing vegetation around the community of Crown King.

 

EVACUATIONS ORDERED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

Minnehaha, Fort Misery, and Horse Thief Basin are evacuated; however, Crown King remains at SET. Residents should begin preparing in the event an evacuation order is issued.  Crown King is closed to non-residents. More information on READY-SET-GO: https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go

 

FIRE RESTRICTIONS

Fire Activity and Dry Conditions Trigger Fire Restrictions in Central and Western Arizona Beginning 8:00 A.M. May 14th, 2021 and continuing until rescinded. The public can obtain current state and federal fire restrictions information for Arizona at: http://wildlandfire.az.gov

 

PUBLIC LAND CLOSURES

Public Lands within the BLM Hassayampa Field Office are closed. All Prescott National Forest lands, roads, and trails in the area of the Tussock Fire are closed. Full details of area and road closures are available on the Tussock Fire Inciweb page at: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7472/

 

Public Information Phone Line: (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.): 928-228-0720                                                                                                                            

Media Information Phone Line: 928-421-4579

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TussockFireInfo

YCSO Phone Line: 928-771-3260

 

 

 


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