Public Works

Ashley Ahlquist - Emergency Manager

News & Alerts

Prescribed Burn Planned on the Verde Ranger District

Prescribed Burn Planned on the Verde Ranger District

PRESCOTT, AZ, November 29, 2022 – Fire Managers on the Verde Ranger District plan to burn 436 acres of the Springs RX on Thursday, December 01, 2022; pending favorable weather conditions.  If fire managers are unable to burn on Thursday, they will monitor conditions and try another day the following week. The burn is located on Mingus Mountain near the junction of Forest Service Road 132 and Forest Service Road 105; and Mingus Springs Ranch (T15N, R2E, Sec 28).  Ignitions are planned to be completed in two days. Fire personnel will continue to monitor, patrol and mop-up for several days after ignitions are complete.  Smoke will be the heaviest on the day of ignition and will remain visible from several locations including Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Sedona, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, and Dewey-Humboldt for several days after.  

USFS Press Release

Prescribed Burn in Chino Valley Ranger District

Prescribed Burn in Chino Valley Ranger District

PRESCOTT, AZ, November 29, 2022 –Fire Managers on the Chino Valley Ranger District plan to treat 450 acres of grass and range lands north of Williamson Valley (T18N, R5W, Sec 23) with prescribed fire.  Ignitions on the Sinks RX will begin today, November 29, 2022, pending favorable weather conditions.  This project is part of the Chino Landscape Restoration where fire crews plan to treat a large surface area with broadcast burning, improving wildlife habitat and the resiliency of forest ecosystems. Smoke production will be highly visible from multiple locations including Chino Valley, Paulden, Williamson Valley, Prescott, Prescott Valley, and Dewey-Humboldt but should be short in duration.

USFS Press Release

Thinning Operations Starting on the Chino Valley and Bradshaw Ranger Districts

Thinning Operations Starting on the Chino Valley and Bradshaw Ranger Districts

Beginning mid October 2022 and continuing for approximately 3 months, a contractor working on the Chino Valley Ranger District will be using heavy equipment to thin approximately 500 acres of the Sinks Mastication project. 

USFS News Release

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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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