Public Works

Ashley Ahlquist - Emergency Manager

News & Alerts

Community Wildfire Defense Grants

Community Wildfire Defense Grants

The Community Wildfire Defense Grants (funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law) grant portal has opened. All applications are due by 11:59pm, EASTERN TIME ZONE, OCTOBER 7, 2022.
The purpose of the Community Wildfire Defense Grant is to assist at-risk local communities and Indian Tribes with planning for and mitigating against the risk created by wildfire. There are two primary project types for which the grant provides funding: The development and revising of Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPP), and the implementation of projects described in a CWPP that is less than ten years old. | INSTRUCTIONS
Yavapai County Lifts Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

Yavapai County Lifts Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

Effective Friday, July 15, 2022, at 8:00 a.m., Yavapai County lifted the Stage 2 Fire Restrictions and Outdoor Fire Ban. | PRESS RELEASE

The Office of Emergency Management is within the Public Works Division. Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management’s principle responsibilities are in supporting the safety of our citizens and visitors, protection of our infrastructure, as well as our environmental and cultural resources, and assisting in community recovery efforts after an incident occurs.

This is accomplished through supporting response to “all hazard” incidents and special events and preparedness through planning, training, and exercise development.

Priority is given to the area of mitigation (lessening the effect) of hazards in order to achieve disaster resilient communities, capable of responding to and recovering from any incident. Achieving this is only accomplished in cooperation and coordination with our first responder organizations, community groups and leaders, Yavapai County leadership and organizational partners, State level leadership and stakeholders, and finally the relationships with our Federal and National supporting organizations.

Our work is focused on the following hazards:

  • Natural
  • Technological
  • Man-Made Threats


  • Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) 
    Yavapai Communities Wildfire Protection Plan (YCWPP) 
    Developed collaboratively by numerous stakeholders and identifies and prioritizes issues such as wildfire response, hazard mitigation, community preparedness, or structure protection, etc. - or all of the above.
  • Hazard Mitigation Plan 
    The Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan was written to identify the various hazards that impact communities within Yavapai County. It also assess the vulnerability and risk posed by those hazards to community-wide human and structural assets to develop future mitigation strategies.
  • Emergency Operations Plan 
    Our Emergency Operations Plan serves as an all-hazard regional plan that describes how Yavapai County will organize and respond to emergency events. It describes the coordination for resources and activities for large-scale events.

Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

Schedules and Agendas
The Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC) is a community-based organization that assists in preparing for emergencies, particularly those concerning hazardous materials. Under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) develop an emergency response plan, review the plan at least annually, and provide information about hazardous materials in the community to citizens. Plans are developed by LEPCs with stakeholder participation.

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