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Prescott NF Stage 2 Fire Restrictions Include Recreational Shooting Restrictions

Prescott NF Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

Include Recreational Shooting Restrictions 

 

PRESCOTT, AZ – May 26, 2022 -  Beginning at 8 a.m., today, Thursday, May 26, 2022 Stage 2 Fire, Smoking and Recreational Shooting Restrictions took effect on the entire Prescott National Forest.  Stage 2 Fire Restrictions extend fire and smoking restrictions to include developed recreation sites.

 

Fire officials use several criteria to determine when to modify fire restrictions including current and predicted weather, fuel moistures, fire activity, and available firefighting resources. These restrictions reduce the risk of unwanted human-caused wildfires during periods of high fire danger and elevated fire weather conditions.  Fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices are ALWAYS prohibited on National Forests. 

 

PROHIBITTIONS:

 

  1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, including charcoal, coal, and briquettes. 36 C.F.R. § 261.52(a).
  2. 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).
  3. Welding, or operating any acetylene or other torch with an open flame. 36 C.F.R. § 261.52(i).
  4. Discharging a firearm, air rifle, or gas gun. 36 C.F.R. § 261.58(m).
  5. THE FOLLOWING ACTS ARE PROHIBITED FROM 9:00 A.M. TO 8:00 P.M.: Operating a chainsaw or other equipment operated by an internal combustion engine. 36 C.F.R. § 261.52(h), (j).

 

EXEMPTIONS:

 

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

  1. Persons with a written Forest Service authorization specifically exempting them from the effect of this Order.
  2. Persons using a device solely fueled by pressurized liquid petroleum or pressurized liquid petroleum gas (LPG) fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three (3) feet of the device.
  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 with three (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 official duty. 
  5. Persons engaged in legal hunting activity pursuant to state, federal, or tribal laws and regulations are allowed to discharge a firearm while taking wildlife.

 


Yavapai County Institutes County Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

Yavapai County Institutes County Stage 2 Fire Restrictions 

 

On May 24, 2022, The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chair, Mary Mallory, signed the Interim order prohibiting the sale and use of fireworks; enacting Stage 2 Fire Restrictions; and ordering an Outdoor Fire Ban, to protect the public, infrastructure, and environment across all fire zones in Yavapai County. The effective date of the fire ban is May 26, 2022, at 8:00 AM.  

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

 

Stage 1 restrictions are hereby implemented as part of a previous action, which includes prohibition of:  

a. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire except within a developed recreation site, or improved site.  

b. 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.  

c. 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)).; and,  

 

Pursuant to Yavapai County Ordinance 2020-2, Section VIII.C, and in coordination with other governmental entities that manage lands within Yavapai County, Stage 2 restrictions are hereby implemented as part of this action (in addition to those restrictions of Stage 1 above), which includes prohibition of:  

a. Discharging or using any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device when prohibited by the Permitted Fireworks section VIII.A. 

b. Using an explosive. 

c. Operating a chainsaw or other equipment powered by an internal combustion engine between the hours of 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. 

d. Welding or operating an acetylene or other torch with open flame. 

e. 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.; and,  

 

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 above, 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;  

 

Liquified Propane Gas (LPG), Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) or 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 stove, 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; and, 

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; and, 

 

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 fire ban will stay in effect until the risk has diminished and there is agency consensus that restrictions may be lifted. 


Stage 2 Fire Restrictions


ADOT State Route 69 Project


Yavapai County Job Fair


Prescott National Forest Fire Restrictions

Forest Service News Release

Prescott NF Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Include Recreational Shooting Restrictions 

 

PRESCOTT, AZ – MAY 5, 2022 – Beginning at 8 a.m., today, Thursday, May 5, 2022 Stage 1 Fire and Smoking Restrictions will be in effect on the entire Prescott National Forest. 

 

The City of Prescott and Yavapai County will enter State 1 fire restrictions at the same time.  Please visit their websites at www.cazfire.org or http://www.prescott-az.gov/services/fire/ for further information.

 

Stage 1 fire restrictions prohibit the following:

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Discharging a firearm, except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal, or tribal laws and regulations.

 

Using a device that is solely fueled by pressurized liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off is allowed in areas that are barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.

 

Fire restrictions are implemented to help prevent human-caused fires and to limit the exposure of visitors during periods of dangerous fire conditions. Decisions about fire restrictions are based on a combination of carefully measured factors. Criteria used to determine when to implement restrictions include current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, fire activity levels, enduring drought and available firefighting resources.

 

The public is reminded to always be extra cautious when recreating on public lands, regardless of restrictions.  For information on all Arizona state and federal fire restrictions, including an interactive map, visit wildlandfire.az.gov/fire-restrictions

 

To view Forest Order 03-09-00-22-03: Prescott National Forest Emergency Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, visit  Alerts & Notices.

 

For fire restriction information please call (928) 925-1111; or stay up to date on Prescott National Forest news by checking the Prescott NF website and following us on Facebook and Twitter.   

 

The following is a comprehensive list of the DESIGNATED AREAS, as referenced in Prohibition #1.  Igniting, building, maintaining, or using a fire, including charcoal and briquettes, is only allowed within a fire structure (metal fire rings and/or metal pedestal grills) provided by the Forest Service at the following developed recreation areas:

 

Bradshaw Ranger District (928) 443-8000

Alto Pit OHV Campground and Day-Use

Lynx Campground

Yavapai Campground

Lynx Creek Ruin Day - Use

Cayuse Equestrian TH Day - Use

Lynx Lake North Shore Day - Use

Wekuvde Day - Use

Lynx Lake South Shore Day - Use

Groom Creek Horse Campground

White Spar Campground

Hilltop Campground

Thumb Butte Day - Use + Group Ramada

Ranch Trailhead #62

Hazlett Hollow Campground

Eagle Ridge Campground

Horsethief Cabin

Lower Wolf Creek Campground

Turney Gulch Group Campground

Upper Wolf Creek Campground

 

 

 

Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121

Mingus Mountain Campground

Beasley Flat Day-Use

Mingus Tent Sites

Black Canyon Day - Use

Mingus Group Site

Copper Canyon Trailhead

Mingus Vista Day - Use

Summit Day - Use

Mingus Picnic Day - Use

Playground Group Campground

Sycamore Cabin Rental

Potato Patch Campground

Hayfield Draw OHV Day - Use

White Bridge Day - Use

AZHPA Campground

 

 

 

Chino Valley Ranger District

N/A


Yavapai County Fire Ban

Yavapai County Institutes County Wide Fire Ban 

 

On May 2, 2022, The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chair, Mary Mallory, signed the Interim Fire Prohibition Order which prohibits the use of fireworks and implements Stage 1 Fire Restrictions across all four fire zones in Yavapai County. The effective date of the fire ban is May 5, 2022, at 8:00 AM.  

 

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

 

Prohibited activities will include the sale or use of fireworks; building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire except within a developed recreation site, or improved site; 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; and 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, per the details provided in Ordinance 2020-2. 

 

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chair Mary Mallory said, ““I would like to ask all residents to be alert to the fire danger present in our county, please respect the prohibitions and take precautions to avoid accidentally igniting a fire. One spark is all it takes to cause a devastating wildfire.” 

Yavapai County Emergency Manager Ashley Ahlquist said, “"Instituting a fire ban is not something we take lightly, but with such an early start to fire season and multiple active fires in the region, this is the time of year where the benefits of a fire ban far out way the hardships.  I have made this recommendation to the Board because of the need to protect lives, our homes and the natural resources we all enjoy.  As a resident of Yavapai County I appreciate everyone doing their part."    

This fire ban will stay in effect until the risk has diminished and there is agency consensus that restrictions may be lifted. 


Crooks Fire Community Meeting - 4/28/2022


New Development Services Director

Yavapai County Has a New Development Services Director 

 

At the regular Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting on April 20, 2022, the Board unanimously voted to approve Jeremy Dye as the new Development Services Director. 

Mr. Dye has been serving as the interim Director since November of 2021 and has been with the County since July of 2015.  Jeremy was promoted to Assistant Director of Development Services in December of 2017.  He came to Yavapai County from the City Scottsdale where he was the Streets Operations Manager and won several awards including the City Manager’s Award for Excellence – “Quality Customer Service” – 2011.  Before moving to Yavapai County Jeremy also spent over 9 years as a Firefighter for the Rural-Metro Corporation, also in Scottsdale. 

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, Vice-Chair James Gregory said, “Thank you for stepping up and taking control of the Department and thank you for implementing many of the changes recommended by our recent study of the department.  Your hard work is reflected in the improved customer service and newfound efficiencies of the Development Services department.” 

Vice-Chair Gregory went on to make a motion to appoint Jeremy Dye as the Director of the Yavapai County Development Services Department. 

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chair, Mary Mallory after offering the second went on to say, “Congratulations Jeremy. We are excited to see you in this position and look forward to seeing where you take this department in the future.” 


Crooks Fire Update - April 22, 2022

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8067/                        Fire Information: 928-925-1111    Hours: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

https://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF                          Email2022.Crooks@firenet.gov           

https://twitter.com/PrescottNF       

 

Winds Continue to Challenge Firefighters

April 22, 2022 

 

Location: 10 miles south of Prescott-Bradshaw Ranger District (T12N, R2W, SEC 12), near Mt Union.

Start Date:  April 18, 2022

Size:  Approximately 2356 acres, 0% Containment

Cause:     Under Investigation

Vegetation:   Brush, Ponderosa Pine, and Mixed Conifer

Number of Personnel Assigned: 359

 

Last night the fire remained active. Strong winds will continue to test fire lines.  The fire had minimal growth to the northeast and west of Senator Highway.  Large diameter dead and downed fuels continue to burn along the permitter and interior, increasing smoke which can be seen in the surrounding communities. 

 

With communities still being threatened by the fire, structure and point source protection remains a priority where it is safe for firefighters to engage.  Firefighters continue to build direct and indirect line construction in areas offering potential success of line holding.  Today’s wind will continue to test fire lines along the north east edge of the fire.    

 

During initial attack on Monday, April 21 two outbuilding were damaged.  Additional information will be released when property locations have been verified and owners notified. 

 

We would like to remind the communities that firefighter and public safety remain the number one objective.  We want to make sure your communities are safe before we allow anyone to return home.   

 

Resources Assigned:  5 - Type 1 Hotshot crews, 2 - Type 2 Hand crews, 19 - Engines, 5 - Helicopters, Miscellaneous Equipment and Overhead. 

 

WEATHER: A passing weather system will bring cool and windy conditions.  Afternoon humidity is predicted to be 40%, light rain is possible.  The greatest hazard will be strong Southwest winds, with the potential for gusts to 40 mph near ridgetops and through aligned drainages.  Decreased wind is forecast for the weekend, along with a warming trend and decreased humidity.  

 

EVACUATIONS:  Information about current evacuation status can be found on the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/YavapaiCountySheriff/

 

FOREST CLOSURE: To provide public health and safety due to firefighting operations and fire danger associated with the uncontrolled Crooks Fire the Prescott National Forest has implemented a fire area emergency closure.  To view the Crooks Fire area closure order and map visit: Prescott National Forest - Alerts & Notices (usda.gov)    


Crooks Fire Update - April 20, 2022

 

 Crooks Fire

April 20, 2022 – Daily Update 

  

Strong wind challenge firefighters on the Crooks Fire 

Community Meeting Tonight at 6:30 PM  

    

Location: 10 miles of Prescott-Bradshaw Ranger District (T12N, R2W, SEC 12), near Mt Union. 

Start Date:  April 18, 2022 

Size:    Approximately 1600 acres  

Percent Contained:   0% 

Cause:     Under Investigation 

Vegetation:   Brush, Ponderosa Pine, and Mixed Conifer 

 

A live virtual and in-person community meeting will be held tonight, Wednesday April 20, 2022, at 6:30 pm.  The virtual meeting will be held on the Prescott NF Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF.  The in-person meeting will be held at Embry Riddle University in the Hanger, 3700 Willow Creek Dr, Prescott, Arizona.   

 

The Central Arizona West Zone Type 3 Incident Management assumed command of the Crooks Fire and quickly engaged the fire with full suppression tactics. Red flag conditions in rugged terrain challenged firefighters’ and grounded aircraft through the day. Fire activity increased as wind moved the fire west of Senator Highway and to the north-northeast towards Potato Patch, Walker and Breezy.  Structure assessment activities are progressing in the communities of Potato Patch, Walker and Breezy Pines.  Crews continue to look for opportunity to construct indirect line in hopes to keep the fire south of FSR 261 and progressing to the north.  

 

Due to the increased complexity and values at risk on the Crooks Fire, Southern California Interagency Incident Management T4 will be arriving today and assume command of the fire at 6:00 pm.  

 

Resources Assigned:  2-Type 2 Hand crews, 5-Type 1 Hotshot crews, 14-Engines, 5 – Helicopters, and Miscellaneous Overhead.   

 

WEATHER:  Breezy southwest winds at 10-15 MPH with afternoon humidity in the teens will bring near critical fire weather conditions.   

  

EVACUATIONS:  Information about current evacuation status can be found on the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/YavapaiCountySheriff/ 

 

FOREST CLOSURE: To provide public health and safety due to firefighting operations and fire danger 

associated with the uncontrolled Crooks Fire the Prescott National Forest has implemented a forest closure.  To view the closure order and map visit: Prescott National Forest - Alerts & Notices (usda.gov)     

   

Fire Information: 928-925-1111    Hours: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. 

Email2022.CrookFire@firenet.gov 

Inciweb:  https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8067/ 

Prescott NF Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF 

Prescott NF Twitter: https://twitter.com/PrescottNF

 


Crooks Fire Update - April 19, 2022

Incident Management Team to Assume Command of the Crooks Fire

April 19, 2022 

 

Crooks Fire Information (928) 925-1111

InciWeb: Crooks Fire Information - InciWeb the Incident Information System (nwcg.gov)

Location: 10 miles of Prescott-Bradshaw Ranger District (T12N, R2W, SEC 12), near Mt Union.

Start Date:  April 18, 2022

Size:  Approximately 600 acres

Percent Contained:   0%

Cause:     Under Investigation

Vegetation:   Brush, Ponderosa Pine, and Mixed Conifer

 

Summary: Ryan Barela’s Arizona Central West Zone Type 3 Incident Management will assume command of the Crooks Fire today at 6:00 PM.  The fire remained active last night as crews worked through the night on structure protection and burning fuels along Forest Road (FR) 261 and along Senator Highway.  Firefighters will focus today on keeping the fire south of FR 261 and east of Senator Highway.  Fires in Prescott, AZ typically are driven by southwestern winds that push the fire to the northeast, therefore, we are prioritizing working on the northeastern part of the fire.

 

Fire behavior can be unpredictable, and fire managers are asking the public to exercise caution and steer clear of all areas that could be impacted by the Crooks Fire.

 

Resources Assigned:  3-Type 2 Hand crew, 5-Type 1 Hotshot crew, 5-Engines, 5 – Helicopters, and Miscellaneous Overhead. 

 

WEATHER: Red Flag warning in effect from 11 AM this morning to 8 PM MST this evening due to strong winds and low relative humidity.  Warm dry conditions are expected today with temperatures peaking in the afternoon around 70, relative humidity at 10%, with winds out of the southwest at 25-35 MPH with gusting up to 50 mph. 

 

EVACUATIONS:  Information about current evacuation status can be found on the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/YavapaiCountySheriff/

 

FOREST CLOSURE: To provide public health and safety due to firefighting operations and fire danger

associated with the uncontrolled Crooks Fire the Prescott National Forest has implemented a forest closure.  To view the closure order and map visit: Prescott National Forest - Alerts & Notices (usda.gov)    

  

ROAD CLOSURE: Goodwin Road – Crown King to Senator Highway; Walker Road is blocked at Senator Hwy; Lower Wolf Creek Road is closed at Senator Hwy and Big Bug Mesa Road is closed at Goodwin Road.  As a reminder to the public, with the increased fire vehicles in the area, for public and firefighter safety people should not travel into any of the fire area.

 

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


2022 Memorial Day Event - Save the Date


Mayer Community Clean Up


I17 Improvement Project - ADOT Public Meetings

 


Yankee Doodle Fire - Prescott National Forest

Forest Service News Release

Firefighters Respond to Wildfire Near Palace Station

February 10, 2022 

 

Location: Palace Station-Bradshaw Ranger District (T12N, R1W, SEC 18), 12 miles south of Prescott; 2 miles northwest of Pine Flat.

Start Date:  February 9, 2022

Size:  5-10 acres

Percent Contained:   0%

Cause:     Under Investigation

Vegetation:   Grass, Brush, Ponderosa Pine

 

Summary:  At approximately 4:40 PM on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, resources from Prescott National Forest responded to a reported wildfire south of Prescott near Palace Station. Upon arrival the Yankee Doodle Fire was estimated to be 5-10 acres.  Due to the time-of-day firefighters scouted the area for containment features and initiated minimal suppression tactics on the fire. Today firefighters will be on scene using a full suppression strategy to achieve 100 percent containment.  There are no values at risk or threatened at this time.

 

Smoke may be visible from multiple locations including Wilhoit, Mayer, and Prescott Valley.

 

Resources Assigned:  1-Type 2 Hand crew, 1-Type 1 Hotshot crew, 3-Engines, 1-Water Tender and Miscellaneous Overhead. 

 

Weather:  Today will be mostly sunny with gusty north/northeast winds for the first half today, south of the Bradshaw Mountain. 

 

Temperature-62, Relative Humidity-15%, Winds- 10 to 15 mph with gust up to 25 out of the northeast.

 

Remember – One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire. 

 

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


Merry Christmas from District 2



Humboldt Smelter Project

Humboldt Smelter Project

Revised on: December 8, 2021 - 9:00am

County:

Yavapai

Location:
Dewey-Humboldt

Contaminants of Concern (COCs): 

Concern for public safety is the reason for the work being conducted for this project. Please refer to the Iron King Mine-Humboldt Smelter Superfund Site webpage for information on contaminants of concern | Visit Page >

Background: 

The Humboldt Smelter portion of the Superfund Site operated from the late 1800s until 1969. The structure most visible from a distance is a tall brick smokestack (circa 1917) remaining from past smelter operations. The smokestack consists of an attached rectilinear brick converter flue on elevated steel reinforced concrete piles. The converter flue measured approximately 140 feet long prior to its partial collapse in 2021. The large portion of the converter flue that collapsed caused destabilization of the structure and raised concern for public safety. According to a 2008 Cultural Resource and Historic Building Survey, the smokestack measures approximately 156 feet by 18 feet and is elevated 30 feet above ground level.

The surrounding area to the smokestack and flue is contaminated with chemical hazards from formerly mined metals contained with a dust-control cover called Posi-Shell® that was installed by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the dross material nearby. The Humboldt Smelter area contains fencing and signage to warn trespassers not to enter the area. ADEQ and EPA continue to advise people to avoid the smelter stack area and follow the posted warning signs.

Project Activities:

The Humboldt Smelter Project will be led by ADEQ, in coordination with the EPA. This specific project will occur on the Humboldt Smelter portion of the Iron King Mine-Humboldt Smelter Superfund Site located in Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona.

In early 2022, ADEQ plans to disassemble both the Humboldt Smelter smokestack and the remaining attached brick converter flue in a controlled fashion. To ensure the safety of the community and the staff conducting the work, safety measures will be implemented during the project that include site security, dust control and air quality monitoring. 

Additional fencing will be installed within the smelter plateau. In addition, if disturbed during project work, the dust-control cover (Posi-Shell®) previously installed by EPA will be repaired.

Status:

A project work plan is currently being developed and will be posted on this page in December 2021. The work plan will include more project details along with a schedule of planned activities.

http://azdeq.gov/dh-stack-project

 


New Chair and Vice Chair for 2022

New Chair and Vice Chair for 2022 

 

 At the regular Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting today (12/1/2021) the Board voted unanimously to make Vice-Chair Mary Mallory the Chair for next year and Supervisor James Gregory the new Vice-Chair.

Vice-Chair Mary Mallory said, “I look forward to serving as the Board of Supervisors Chair for 2022 along with having Supervisor Gregory as the vice chair.”

Supervisor James Gregory said, “I am honored and excited to be selected as the 2022 Vice Chair for the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors.  This past year in office has been a whirlwind of learning and navigating through County government and resources; and I can sincerely say we have the best staff!  I look forward to this next year of continued service and commitment to the citizens of Yavapai County.”
 

The new positions will take effect on January 1, 2022.

 


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


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/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TontoNationalForestTwitter: @TontoForest

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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.     


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