Proper Disposal of Ashes
Even though a fire may appear to be out, embers and ash can remain hot enough to start a fire days after you think the fire is out. Re-ignition from smoldering fireplace ashes continues to be the cause for deaths and injuries. To be safe, simply treat all ashes and coals as hot, even when you think they had time enough to cool. Proper disposal of fireplace ashes and hot embers is important to prevent fires.
When you clean your fireplace, there are a few things to keep in mind:
1. You should always place discarded fireplace ashes in a heavy metal container, moisten the ashes, and cover the container with a metal lid. NEVER USE a paper bag, a cardboard box, or a plastic trash bag in the cleaning process. NEVER USE a vacuum cleaner to pick up ashes.
2. Wood ash is a strong alkaline (like bleach) and should be handled with caution. Wear eye protection, gloves, and a dust mask while handling, and avoid windy conditions. Make sure ashes are completely "burned out" and cool before collecting them for use.
3. Ashes should be kept in a metal container outside, away from the house, in a cleared area to cool. Your garage, house, or deck are dangerous locations for ashes to cool. After ashes have cooled in a metal container, it is necessary to find a suitable disposal site. Never dump fireplace ashes until they have had at least four days to cool. Even after four days, great care should be given in selecting a dump site. Wooded areas should always be avoided.
4. The best way to ensure the ashes are not going to re-ignite is by submerging them in water. One such method is to submerge fireplace ashes by using a large steamer pot. Using a metal spoon, stir the ashes to break up the clumps. Once the ashes and logs have been soaked, carefully lift the center pot out, and safely dispose of the ashes in a container to be thrown out. The remaining liquid can be poured into a garden or flower bed.
Did you know that wood ash gives traction to icy or snow-covered walkways? If the car gets stuck, sprinkling cold ash in front of and behind tires can help them grip. That’s welcome information, particularly for gardeners, who know too well how commercial de-icing products may damage lawns and plantings.
If you have any questions related to fireplace ashes, or other fireplace related questions, please check with your local fire district or chimney specialist.
Keep the home fires burning this winter season....just remember to take proper care of the ashes!!!!
Willow Creek and Pioneer Parkway Guardrail Project
Please be aware that the Yavapai County Public Works Department will have a guardrail project at the intersection of Willow Creek Road and Pioneer Parkway starting on Monday, December 12th through January 25th, 2017.
Construction hours will be 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Travelers in this area should expect minor delays as well as traffic control changes, including reduced speed and one open lane of traffic going northbound Willow Creek Road and eastbound Pioneer Parkway.
For additional information, please contact the Yavapai County Public Works Department at (928) 771-3183.
Guardrail project - Williamson Valley Road
Please be aware that the Yavapai County Public Works Department will be starting a guardrail project on Williamson Valley Road from Puntenny Road to Fair Oaks Road beginning Monday, December 12 and continuing through January 25, 2017.
Construction hours will be 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Travelers in this area should expect minor delays and for additional information, please contact the Yavapai County Public Works Department at (928) 771-3183.
As winter approaches, it’s time to check your supplies and add to your emergency kit:
- Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency for a complete list of recommended products.
- Sand to improve traction.
- Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
- Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
- Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.
- Make a Family Communications Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency, especially when phones are down or closed roads.
- Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS). Be alert to changing weather conditions.
- Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle. Stock up on food & supplies beforehand bad weather so you don’t have to travel during a storm.
- Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.
Winterize Your Home
- Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing. Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.
- All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear.
- Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
- Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).
Preparing for Loss of Power:
Primary concerns are loss of heat, power and telephone service and a shortage of supplies if storm conditions continue for more than a day.
- Extra food and water such as dried fruit, nuts and granola bars, and other food requiring no cooking or refrigeration.
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Extra prescription medicine
- Baby items such as diapers and formula
- First-aid supplies
- Heating fuel: refuel before you are empty; fuel carriers may not reach you for days after a winter storm
- Emergency heat source: fireplace, wood stove, space heater, properly ventilated to prevent a fire
- Extra pet food and warm shelter for pets
- Snow can be melted for an additional water source.
- If you lose your heat, seal off unused rooms by stuffing towels in the cracks under the doors. At night, cover windows with extra blankets or sheets.
- Battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable radio to receive emergency information
- Fire extinguisher, smoke alarm; test smoke alarms once a month to ensure they work properly.
After an Outage
- Be extra cautious if you go outside to inspect for damage after a storm. Downed or hanging electrical wires can be hidden by snowdrifts, trees or debris, and could be live. Never attempt to touch or moved downed lines. Keep children and pets away from them.
- Do not touch anything power lines are touching, such as tree branches or fences. Always assume a downed line is a live line. Call your utility company to report any outage-related problem such as downed wires.
- Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40° F (4° C) for 2 hours or more or that has an unusual odor, color or texture. When in doubt, throw it out!
Plan your travel and check the latest weather reports to avoid the storm! Fully check and winterize your vehicle before a winter storm. Carry a Winter Survival Kit:
- Mobile phone, charger, batteries
- Back up if phone is down - Compass and road maps
- High-calorie, non-perishable food
- Extra clothing to keep dry
- Small can and waterproof matches to melt snow for drinking water
- Sack of sand or cat litter for traction
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Windshield scraper and brush
- Make sure all vehicle lights are working
- Top off antifreeze levels
Yavapai Regional Transit - December....ride free!!!
Over the past nine years, Yavapai Regional Transit (YRT) has provided free rides for the entire month of December and the tradition will continue again for 2016. YRT feels it is important to thank their loyal riders and to encourage new riders to try them. December can be expensive for some people and YRT wanted to eliminate at least one expense.
Visit their website: https://www.yavapairegionaltransit.com/ or call them at: (928) 636-3602
Yavapai County Flood Control District Newsletter available....
Yavapai County Flood Control District, has recently published their Fall 2016 newsletter. In this newsletter, the Ho Kay Gan drainage study is reviewed and you can also read about how the Flood Control District uses a hands on approach to teach the children about engineering.....and so much more! Click here to enter the Yavapai County Flood Control District website: http://www.ycflood.com/newsletters
Improvements to Yavapai Campgrounds!!
Improvements to Yavapai Campground
Prescott, AZ (September 6, 2016) - Prescott National Forest will be making improvements at Yavapai Campground, which is located in the Granite Mountain Recreation Area by replacing all picnic tables and fire rings, and installing of accessible water hydrant. To complete this work, a temporary closure of each site will occur, starting at 10:00 AM on Monday, September 12, 2016. Work is expected to occur daily, between 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM Monday through Friday during the temporary closure; visitors and neighbors in the area can expect noise and dust during these hours.
Work is projected to allow at least partial re-opening by Noon on Friday, September 23rd. Weather could delay completion or change the closure dates.
Alternate campground opportunities include: Lynx, Hilltop, White Spar, Lower Wolf Creek, Mingus Mountain, Potato Patch, Powell Springs and Alto Pit.
Visitors of the Prescott National Forest can obtain additional information via the following:
· Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/
· Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000
· Chino Valley Ranger District (928) 777-2200
· Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121
No Parking Signs at I-40
Supervisor Brown is happy to report that in concert with Arizona Department of Transportation, ‘No Parking’ signs will be placed at the on ramps of I-40 in an effort to eliminate refuse disposal by those parking in the areas. The signs will be placed in the next few weeks.
Yavapai County Unified Emergency Management Advisory Committee
At the April 6th meeting of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, the Board adopted the Yavapai County Unified Emergency Management Advisory Committee Resolution, as well as the appointment of committee members. Supervisor Brown is happy to announce that Bob Betts, Chairman of PAUWIC was appointed to the committee.
The purpose of the Committee is to establish an advisory committee for Emergency Management which represents Yavapai County’s diverse communities under the “Whole Community” concept for preparedness as established by Presidential Preparedness Directive 8. The committee in its representation will fulfill requirements under the Yavapai County Intergovernmental Agreement for Unified Emergency Management.
Ten Years of Success for MATFORCE
At the April 6th board meeting, the Board of Supervisors commemorated the 10 years of success of MATFORCE, the countywide substance abuse coalition. In doing so, the Board presented the state flag flown over the Yavapai County Courthouse in Prescott on Feb. 27, 2016.
County Attorney Sheila Polk, who co-chairs the coalition, accepted the flag on behalf of MATFORCE. She said, “I am so proud of the many accomplishments of MATFORCE over the past 10 years. Our success is due to the hundreds of individuals and organizations across the county who work together to create healthy environments within which every child can succeed. Our power is in our partnerships and our passion.”
Pictured left to right are Supervisors Craig Brown, Chip David, Rowle Simmons, County Attorney Sheila Polk, Supervisors Tom Thurman and Jack Smith, Board Chair.
In The Know
Did you know that through the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office you can sign up for emergency notification? The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office utilizes CodeRED® as their Emergency Notification System. With this service, they can send messages to residents and businesses within minutes with specific information when an emergency or time-sensitive issue arises. Should delivery of the alert to your primary contact mode fail, the system will automatically fall back to other methods. With respect to phone notifications, if the system detects an answering machine, it will deliver the message to voicemail. If the phone is not answered and no answering machine is detected, the system will redial the number at a later time or, if specified, fall back to another contact mode. When the call appears on your caller-id, it will display the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office business number: (928) 771-3260.
To sign up, go to http://www.ycsoaz.gov/
From the home page select “Emergency Notification” and follow the instructions to complete your registration. If you have any questions, please call their business office at (928) 771-3260. You can also install the “CodeRED” app on your Android or I-Phone device.
Tell us how you get around and help chart Arizona’s transportation future
National survey, ADOT survey will inform transportation investments
How do you get around, Arizona?
Spend a little time sharing what takes you from place to place and you’ll help inform how we all get around in the future.
The Arizona Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration are asking households, most of them outside of metropolitan Phoenix and Tucson, to participate in the National Household Travel Survey. Up to 30,000 Arizona households, chosen at random, will be contacted by letter over the next year.
It’s important that as many households as possible participate because the answers will help state, local and federal officials decide when, where and how to invest limited transportation funding to improve roads, public transportation, sidewalks, bike paths and more.
“Taking part in the National Household Travel Survey requires just a few easy steps with one purpose: We want to hear your travel story,” ADOT Director John Halikowski said. “Your answers are valuable no matter how you get from place to place.”
For those who aren’t invited to participate in the National Household Travel Survey, ADOT has created an online survey available at azdot.gov/NHTS. Information gathered through this survey will also help create a more valuable transportation system for all.
The National Household Travel Survey, conducted every five to seven years, provides an essential snapshot of transportation behaviors and trends by asking how members of a household get around on one day.
Participation, which is voluntary, starts with filling out a brief survey that comes with the invitation letter and returning it in a prepaid envelope. That takes about 10 minutes. Participants receive travel logs to record where members of their household go on an assigned travel day. Then they provide the information online or by phone, a process that usually takes 20 to 25 minutes.
Using a federal grant, ADOT has commissioned extra survey responses from beyond the Phoenix and Tucson areas to learn more about travel behaviors and trends in rural Arizona. The goal is for about 80 percent of all participants to live beyond the Sun Corridor.
By law, all information provided is kept confidential, will be used only for research and cannot be sold. Names and other identifying information aren’t linked with the survey data used to create statistical summaries.
More information on the National Household Travel Survey and how it helps ADOT and all of Arizona is available at azdot.gov/NHTS.
It’s Too Late, When Told To Evacuate! BE FIREWISE
Spring is here and wind is in the air. As temperatures begin to rise and windy days increase any moisture the county has received can quickly dry up. With extremely windy conditions sparks can turn into flames and flames can quickly spread with dry fuels.
Yavapai County Emergency Management would like to remind residents to reduce the use of spark producing equipment on high windy days. It is important to inspect your vehicles brakes and look for dragging items.
The National Forest Service reminds us:
Each citizen has the responsibility to prevent human-caused wildfires and to protect their own property by creating fire-adapted communities and defensible space around their homes. The majority of wildfire starts are human-caused. Common ignition sources include power equipment, vehicles, and escaped debris burning. Many equipment and roadway fires are preventable with simple actions.
- Vehicle travel provides opportunities for sparks and heat sources to ignite dry, fine grasses.
- Maintain brakes.
- Keep tires properly inflated.
- Shorten towing safety chains.
- Ensure that nothing is dragging beneath the car (exhaust pipes, etc.)
- Park well away from grasses; catalytic converters are hot and can start fires.
- Carry a fire extinguisher in your car. Know how to use it.
- Report all fires: call 9-1-1.
- Power equipment like mowers, weed trimmers, and tractors can spark a wildfire when used at the wrong time of day, in windy conditions, or in the wrong way.
- Do yard work before 10 a.m. when temperatures are down and the relative humidity is higher.
- Be sure equipment such as mowers, chainsaws and trimmers have spark arresters.
- Use string vegetation trimmers to cut tall, dry grass.
- Remove rocks to avoid metal mower blades hitting rocks and creating sparks.
- Grind, sharpen, and weld on a paved, enclosed area.
- Be ready with water and a fire extinguisher to put out accidental sparks.
- Report fires. Call 9-1-1.
We highly encourage residents to sign up with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Emergency Notification System to be notified during emergency situations at: http://www.ycsoaz.gov/community/emergency-preparedness/ens/
IT’S TOO LATE WHEN TOLD TO EVACUATE! BE FIREWISE
For more on being prepared, please contact YCEM 928-771-3321
Exciting News from District 4!!
It has been quite an effort, but Chairman Brown and Yavapai County Public Works Department have successfully negotiated with land owners for the use of private and governmental lands adjacent to Hootenanny Holler for an emergency/escape access route. This route is an extension of Thunder Ridge Road, moving south to Inscription Canyon Road and the route is only available for emergencies, such as fires. The entry will be gated and locked and admittance is allowed through Williamson Valley Fire or Central Yavapai Fire Districts, only. Chairman Brown would like to recognize Doug Federico, Yavapai County Area Roads Superintendent for his time, energy and contribution to this project.