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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.     


Forest Service News Release - Coconino National Forest

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Stage 2 restrictions prohibit the following:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


Post-Fire Flood Potential

Post-Fire Flood Potential 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Backbone Fire Update - June 28, 2021

Backbone Fire Morning Update June 28, 2021

Backbone Fire Wildfire
News – 54 min. ago

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

Increased containment on Backbone Fire

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Backbone Fire Update - June 24, 2021

Backbone Fire Morning Update June 24, 2021

Backbone Fire Wildfire
News – 3 hrs. ago

Acres: 40,591 acres

Percent Containment: 1%

Start Date: June 16, 2021

Cause: Lightning

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

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

Personnel Assigned: 740


Rain Calms Backbone Fire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Yavapai County Orders Outdoor Fire Ban

Yavapai County Orders Outdoor Fire Ban 

 

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

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


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

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

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

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

 

Stage 2 restrictions include: 

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

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

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

Backbone Fire Community Meeting


Forest Service News Release

Forest Service News Release

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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


Backbone Fire Update - June 23, 2021

Backbone Fire Morning Update June 23, 2021

Backbone Fire Wildfire
News – 43 min. ago

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

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


Coconino National Forest Full Closure

Full closure of Coconino NF begins Wednesday

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

STAGE III FOREST CLOSURE


Backbone Fire Update - June 22, 2021

Backbone Fire Morning Update June 22, 2021

Backbone Fire Wildfire
News – 14 min. ago

Acres: 37,296 acres                                                                                   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Backbone Fire Update - June 21, 2021

Backbone Fire Morning Update June 21, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Backbone Fire Information 

• Phone: (928) 362-4088   

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

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

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


Backbone Fire Community Meeting - Monday June 21

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Backbone Fire Community Meeting


Yavapai County Enters Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

Yavapai County Will Enter Stage 2 Fire Restrictions 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Forest Service News Release - Fire Restrictions

Forest Service News Release

 

Prescott National Forest Enters Stage II Fire Restrictions

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

 

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

 

Stage II fire restrictions prohibit the following:

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

 

Exemptions to the restrictions include the following:

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

COVID-19 Update

For Immediate Release  

Friday, June 04, 2021 

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


“National Month of Action” COVID-19 Vaccine Initiatives 

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

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

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

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

COVID-19 Cases by County  

Apache   

11,412 

Coconino  

17,866 

Cochise   

12,090 

Graham   

5,632 

Greenlee  

577 

Gila   

6,946 

La Paz   

2,480 

Maricopa  

551,710 

Mohave   

23,137 

Navajo  

16,457 

Pima   

117,001 

Pinal   

53,090 

Santa Cruz   

8,052 

Yavapai   

19,342 

Yuma  

37,250 

New Cases Since Tuesday 

Apache   

+3 

Coconino   

+2 

Cochise   

+6 

Graham   

+7 

Greenlee   

+3 

Gila   

+9 

La Paz 

+0 

Maricopa   

+1,108 

Mohave   

+60 

Navajo   

+13 

Pima   

+91 

Pinal   

+213 

Santa Cruz   

+13 

Yavapai   

+35 

Yuma   

+6 

                         

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

Tussock Fire– May 17, 2021 Morning Update

Acres: 5546

               Number of Resources: 320

               Percent Containment: 91%

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

Structures burned: 0

Cause: Human-under investigation

Origin/Location: 7 miles southwest of Crown King

 

TUSSOCK SUPPRESSION REPAIR CONTINUES

 

FIRE OPERATIONS

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

FIRE RESTRICTIONS

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

 

PUBLIC LAND CLOSURES

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

 

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

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

 


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

 

 

Tussock Fire– May 14, 2021 Morning Update

 

Acres: 5517

Percent Containment: 71%

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

              Structures burned: 0

Number of Resources: 477

Cause: Human-under investigation

Origin/Location: 7 miles southwest of Crown King.

 

Significant containment achieved in Tussock Fire Evacuations Lifted

 

FIRE OPERATIONS

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

 

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

 

COMMUNITY MEETING

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

 

EVACUATIONS LIFTED

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

 

FIRE RESTRICTIONS

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

 

PUBLIC LAND CLOSURES:

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

 

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

Media Information Phone Line: 928-421-4579

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

YCSO Phone Line: (928-771-3260)


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

 

Acres: 5517

Percent Containment: 17%

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

Structures burned: 0

Number of Resources: 477

Cause: Human-under investigation

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

 

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

https://www.facebook.com/TussockFireInfo

 

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

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

 

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

 

EVACUATIONS ORDERED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

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

 

FIRE RESTRICTIONS

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

 

PUBLIC LAND CLOSURES

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

 

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

Media Information Phone Line: 928-421-4579

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

YCSO Phone Line: 928-771-3260

 

 

 


Yavapai County Institutes County Wide Fire Ban

Yavapai County Institutes County Wide Fire Ban 


On Wednesday May 12, 2021, The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman signed the Interim Fire Prohibition Order which states in part, “In accordance with A.R.S.11-251(63) and Yavapai County Ordinance 2020-2, Sections VI, VII and VIII hereby order an interim prohibition of fireworks and implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions across all four fire zones in Yavapai County.”  The effective date of the fire ban is May 14, 2021, at 8:00 AM. 


Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown said, “With the Tussock fire burning here in Yavapai County and what we are being told is the potential for a very dangerous wildfire season, I believe it is in everyone’s best interest if we institute these restrictions now.”  He went on to explain, “There are signs posted around the county reminding people of the fire ban and It is important to remember that many of the fires we see along our roads are caused by carelessly disposing of cigarettes as well as trucks pulling trailers with chains hanging down low enough to drag on the road and cause sparks. Don’t park in high grass areas and please be careful out there.” 

 

Yavapai County is joined in their fire ban by nearly every local municipality in Yavapai County as well as the Prescott National Forest Service. 

 

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

PRESS RELEASE

STAGE 1 RESTRICTIONS

FIRE BAN


UPDATE ON THE TUSSOCK FIRE: Wednesday May 12 - morning update

 

Update

Community Meeting Thursday 8:00 p.m. Facebook Live:

https://www.facebook.com/TussockFireInfo

 

Acres: 5517

Percent Containment: 15%

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

Structures burned: 0

Number of Resources: 398

Cause: Human-under investigation

Origin/Location: 7 miles southwest of Crown King.

 

Fire officials ask public to not drive near the Tussock fire - observe land closures

 

Nearly 200 extra firefighters and heavy equipment operators arrived Tuesday at the Tussock fire, prompting incident officials to ask summer visitors and residents to drive very slowly.  Areas within the Prescott National Forest and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) remain closed for public and freighter safety.

 

Heavy equipment is deployed to clear thick brush and improve access for crews working on the fire’s western perimeter. A total of seven helicopters are on scene, dropping water and retardant to keep the fire in check on the northern perimeter where firefighter access is limited by the steep and rugged terrain. On the fire’s eastern side, personnel will burn fuels on Wednesday just west of the Crown King Trail to create a fire line there. Grass continues to burn along the southern flank towards Silver Creek and is moving southeasterly towards Sand Creek and French Creek. Smokey conditions are likely.

 

Temperatures and winds are increasing Wednesday through Friday with no helpful humidity. Vegetation is already drought-stressed and easy to ignite. Weather conditions are not forecast to aid firefighting until next week.

 

EVACUATIONS ORDERED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

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

 

PUBLIC LAND CLOSURES

Public Lands within the BLM Hassayampa Field Office are closed. All Prescott National Forest lands, roads, and trails south of NFSR94 (along NFSR82A to the junction of NFSR52), and south to the junction of CR177 east are closed, including Senator Hwy (FR 52) between Hooper Saddle (FR 362) and Crown King (FR 259). Additionally, the area of Cow Tank road, that leads to FR 711 near Lake Pleasant is closed. People should not travel into any of the fire area. More information is on: InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7472/

 

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

Media Information Phone Line: 928-421-4579

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

YCSO Phone Line: (928-771-3260)


UPDATE ON THE TUSSOCK FIRE: Tuesday May 11 - morning update

Tussock Fire– May 11, 2021 Morning Update

 

Acres: 4421

Percent Containment: 0%

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

Structures burned: 0

Number of Resources: 230

Cause: Under investigation

Origin/Location: 7 miles southwest of Crown King.

 

Water and Retardant Dropped from Aircraft Aid Firefighting

 

The Southwest Type 1 Team 2 added additional firefighters and heavy equipment Monday to the Tussock fire, which is burning seven miles southwest of Crown King, Arizona. Air operations are effective along the southwest perimeter with water and retardant drops aiding ground crews who are building direct fire line from Johnson Flat towards the town of Minnehaha. Aircraft will be used Tuesday. Farther north, firefighters are working to protect structures in the Crown King area. 

 

Overnight humidity was so low that fire activity in the grass and light brush fuels burned through the night, adding 500 acres to the fire. The fire continues to burn in extreme terrain on the fire’s east side, near the Crown King Trail. In these higher elevations, there are pockets of drought stressed chaparral tress burning in rough and rugged terrain. Weather conditions will continue to challenge firefighters with high temperatures, low humidity, and higher winds anticipated this week.

 

EVACUATIONS ORDERED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

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

EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS

Area residents should sign up with the Yavapai County Emergency Notification System - Code Red to receive any emergency alerts.

 

ROAD CLOSURES

All Prescott National Forest lands, roads, and trails south of NFSR94 (along NFSR82A to the junction of NFSR52), and south to the junction of CR177 east are closed, including Senator Hwy (FR 52) between Hooper Saddle (FR 362) and Crown King (FR 259). Additionally, the area of Cow Tank road, that leads to FR 711 near Lake Pleasant is closed. People should not travel into any of the fire area.

 

PUBLIC LAND CLOSURES

There is a Public Safety Closure on the Prescott National Forest currently.

There is also a Public Land Closure on the BLM Phoenix District within the Hassayampa Field Office.

 

Wildfires are a No Drone Zone.  Every time a drone is seen near the fire, all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information visit Know Before You Fly, http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

 

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

Media Information Phone Line: 928-421-4579

InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7472/

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

YCSO Phone Line: (928-771-3260)


Memorial Day 2021 at the Citizens Cemetery

Memorial Day Observance Right Around the Corner 

 

Memorial Day is right around the corner and what better way to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military than to attend a local event held in their honor. Memorial Day 2021 will occur on Monday, May 31.  There is a special event being held at the Citizens Cemetery located at 815 E. Sheldon in Prescott, Arizona from 9:00 – 10:00 AM.   

In attendance will be Congressman Gosar, Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown, Supervisor Harry Oberg, Yavapai County Sheriff David Rhodes, Prescott Mayor Greg Mengarelli, and many more. 

The historic Citizens Cemetery was founded in 1864 and contains the graves of more than 3,000 Yavapai County pioneers and veterans.  

Parking is available on adjoining streets and at the nearby Yavapai College parking lots.  Shuttle busses from Yavapai College to the Cemetery entrance will be available. 

Golf cart transportation will be available from the main gate to the event.  Those wishing to attend are encouraged to bring a light chair as seating is limited.  Period attire is welcome. 

For more information contact Barbara Fox-Thomas at (928) 771-3200 or Barbara.Fox-Thomas@Yavapai.US

PRESS RELEASE

INVITATION


Forest Service News Release - Fire Restrictions

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions to be Implemented on Friday, May 14th on the Prescott National Forest

PRESCOTT, AZ – May 10, 2021—   The Prescott National Forest will enter Stage I Fire Restrictions on Friday, May 14, at 8 a.m.  The goal of the fire restrictions is to protect public health by reducing the number of preventable human-caused wildfires. 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).
  • Discharging a firearm, except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal, or tribal laws and regulations. 36 C.F.R. § 261.58(m).

 

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 03-09-00-21-275: Prescott National Forest Emergency Stage 1 Fire Restrictions, please go to Alerts & Notices.

 

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

 

AREA DESCRIPTION

 

This area only affects National Forest System lands within the boundary of the Prescott National Forest.

 

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:

Prescott National Forest - BRADSHAW RANGER DISTRICT, 928-443-8000

  • Alto Pit OHV Campground and Day-Use
  • Cayuse Equestrian Trailhead Day-Use
  • Eagle Ridge Group Campground
  • Groom Creek Horse Campground
  • Hilltop Campground
  • Lower Wolf Creek Campground
  • Lynx Creek Ruin Day-Use
  • Lynx Campground
  • Lynx Lake North Shore Day-Use
  • Lynx Lake South Shore Day-Use
  • Spruce Mountain Picnic Area
  • Playa Day-Use
  • Ranch Trailhead #62
  • Thumb Butte Day-Use
  • Upper Wolf Creek Group Campground
  • Wekuvde Day-Use
  • White Spar Campground
  • Yavapai Campground

Prescott National Forest - CHINO VALLEY RANGER DISTRICT, 928-777-2200

  • N/A

Prescott National Forest - VERDE RANGER DISTRICT, 928-567-4121

  • Beasley Flat Day-Use
  • Bignotti Day-Use
  • Black Canyon Day-Use
  • Copper Canyon Trailhead
  • Mingus Mountain Campground
  • Mingus Picnic Day-Use
  • Mingus Vista Day-Use
  • Playground Group Campground
  • Potato Patch Campground
  • Powell Springs Campground
  • Skidmore Day-Use
  • Summit Day-Use
  • Sycamore Cabin Rental
  • White Bridge Day-Use

 

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

 


UPDATE ON THE TUSSOCK FIRE: Monday May 10 - morning update

 

Tussock Fire– May 10, 2021 Morning Update

 

Acres: 3,500

Percent Containment: 0%

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

Structures burned: 0

Number of Resources: 226

Cause: Unknown, under investigation

Origin/Location: 7 miles southwest of Crown King.

 

Type 1 Incident Management Team Assumes Command of the Tussock Fire

 

Southwest Type 1 Team 2, led by Incident Commander Dave Bales, assumed management of the fire this morning. The team will assess the current situation and add to the great work already completed by the Type 3 team.  The fire actively moved up hill yesterday with the dry windy conditions.   Challenges the team will be assessing include the rugged topography and the alignment of drainages combined with anticipated weather.  Additional resources and personnel are arriving to assist with the firefighting effort.

 

EVACUATIONS ORDERED IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS: Minnehaha, Fort Misery, and Horse Thief Basin. Crown King remains at SET. Residents should begin preparing in the event an evacuation order is issued.  Crown King is closed to non-residents. There is shelter set up at the Mayer High School.  More information on READY-SET-GO: https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go

 

Area residents should sign up with the Yavapai County Emergency Notification System - Code Red to receive any emergency alerts.

 

ROAD CLOSURES

Closure of some forest roads in the area of Old Senator highway at the junctions of FR 362 and FR 192 near Crown King; Senator Hwy (FR 52) between Hooper Saddle (FR 362) and Crown King (FR 259). Additionally, the area of Cow Tank road, that leads to FR 711 near Lake Pleasant has been closed to the public. 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.

 

AREA CLOSURES

There is a Public Safety Closure on the Prescott National Forest currently.

There is also a Public Land Closure on the BLM Phoenix District within the Hassayampa Field Office.

 

Wildfires are a No Drone Zone.  As a reminder, every time a drone is seen near the fire all aircraft are grounded until we can be sure the drone is clear of the area. For more information visit Know Before You Fly, http://knowbeforeyoufly.org.

 

We greatly appreciate the requests wanting to donate to the firefighters!  Our wildland fire crews are well equipped and cared for.  No Donations are needed, and we cannot accept donations.

Fire Information Public Phone Line: 928-228-0720                             

YCSO Phone Line: (928-771-3260)

Fire Information Media Phone Line: 928-421-4579

InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7472/

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


UPDATE ON THE TUSSOCK FIRE: Sunday May 9 - 2:30 PM

Update from Yavapai County Sheriff's Office: 

·        Acres: 2448

·        Now closing Senator Hwy (FR52) between Hooper Saddle (FR362) and Crown King (FR259).

·        Crown King is now closed to non-residents


UPDATE ON THE TUSSOCK FIRE: Sunday May 9 - 1:15 PM

UPDATE ON THE TUSSOCK FIRE: 1:15 PM 

EVACUATION NOTICE

A mandatory evacuation has been issued for residents and anyone located in the HORSE THIEF, MINIHAHA and FORT MISERY AREAS. 

 

There is significant danger to you, gather necessary items and go. 

Shelter will be set up at Mayer High School. 

For assistance call (928) 771-3260 or 911. 

 

All residents located in CROWN KING should be set to go if needed.  There are no mandatory evacuations at this time for CROWN KING.  Pack emergency items in the event a mandatory evacuation notice is issued.  Stay aware of the latest news and information from your local media, your local fire department and public safety officials. 


Tussock Fire

YAVAPAI COUNTY, AZ – The Yavapai County Sheriff’s office is working in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management and the US Forest Service on the response to the Tussock fire, which is burning to the southwest of Crown King. We are announcing the closure of some forest roads in the area of Old Senator highway at the junctions of FR 362 and FR 192 near Crown King. Additionally, the area of Cow Tank road, that leads to FR 711 near Lake Pleasant has been closed to the public.

The Tussock fire started Saturday, May 8th, just before 3 p.m., approximately 8 miles southwest of Crown King. As of this morning, the fire is estimated at 800 acres. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is currently managing this fire with a type 3 command team. Today BLM will be transitioning to a type 2 command team and will be working on ordering air assets to combat this fire in the remote rugged landscape southwest of Crown King. Fire crews have been working all night to gain control of the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. We are asking travelers to stay clear of the area as fire personnel work to contain the fire.

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Portions of the Verde River Closed to Allow for Feral Cattle Removal

Forest Service News Release

 

Portions of the Verde River Closed to Allow for Feral Cattle Removal

PRESCOTT, AZ – May 4, 2021—Starting May 10-24, 2021 public access to portions of the Verde River will be closed to allow for Feral Cattle Removal.  River access from Beasley Flat to the confluence with Fossil Creek will be closed; the public will not be able to launch, take out, float through or camp along this section of the river.  Child Recreation Site and Verde Hot Springs will also be closed to the public.

Contractors will be capturing and removing unauthorized and/or feral cattle from the Wild and Scenic portion of the Verde River on the Tonto, Coconino and Prescott National Forests.  This portion of the Verde River is managed to preserve its Wild and Scenic qualities and livestock are not authorized within this corridor.

The following portion of the Verde River will be closed to the public to protect public health and safety during contracted operations to round-up and remove feral cattle.  

  • As depicted on the map in Exhibit A, the Restricted Area consists of all National Forest System (NFS) lands, roads, and trails within ¼ mile of the center of the Verde River corridor, commencing north of Beasley Flat at 34° 28’ 43.68” N/111° 48’ 1.5” W, following down river and terminating at the confluence with Fossil Creek (approximately 13.5 miles) at 34° 18’ 20.534” N/111° 40’ 30.752” W. The Restricted Area includes Verde Hot Springs (34° 21’ 50.478” N/111° 42’ 55.607” W) and the Childs Developed Recreation site, including the associated boat launch/ take-out and dispersed camping area. The Restricted Area also includes the historic hydroelectric facilities and corrals.
  • NFS Road #502 is closed approximately 5.5 miles from the NFSR 708 junction at 34° 21’ 4.143” N/111° 41’ 26.746” W, near the Childs Powerplant, continuing southwest to the Childs dispersed camping area.

The work includes the gathering, care, handling/loading and transportation of the cattle.  The contractor will address any sick or injured animals if treatment is necessary; transport livestock from temporary holding facility at capture site to final destination within 24 hours of capture; Arizona Department of Agriculture (AZDA) Officers will inspect the captured cattle for brands and if brands are found then the AZDA will contact the owners.  The capturing of livestock will be accomplished by helicopter, roping, leading, or tie down when necessary. The work will be accomplished in a safe and humane manner and be in accordance with appropriate Arizona state laws and requirements.

For more information regarding this order please contact the following:

  • Red Rock Ranger District:  928-203-2900
  • Cave Creek Ranger District:  480-595-3300
  • Verde Ranger District:  928-777-2200

NEWS RELEASE

CLOSURE ORDER


Prescott National Forest Opens Additional Recreation Sites

Forest Service News Release

Prescott National Forest Opens Additional Recreation Sites

 

PRESCOTT, AZ – April 30, 2021— The Prescott National Forest will open the following recreation sites starting on Saturday, May 1, 2021.  

Developed Recreation sites that open May 1:

  • Group Campgrounds - Eagle Ridge Group, Playground Group, Upper Wolf Creek Group
  • Day-Use Sites - Groom Creek Schoolhouse Group Day-Use and Nature Trail, Spruce Mountain Picnic Area, Thumb Butte Group Ramada, Mingus Mountain Picnic Site, Summit Picnic Site, Mingus Lake
  • Family Campgrounds - Lower Wolf Creek, Potato Patch, Mingus Mountain, Groom Creek Horse Camp

Developed Recreation sites that open May 24:

  • Group Campgrounds – Turney Gulch Group 
  • Family Campgrounds - Hazlett Hollow
  • Cabin Rentals – Horsethief Basin Cabin

Note – Hazlett Hollow and Turney Gulch will not have water until further notice, as we conduct maintenance on water systems.  Visitors must bring their own water.

Most developed campgrounds on the Prescott NF accept reservations, with a few sites available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations can be made online at Recreation.gov

If you are planning to visit the Prescott NF, please remember to:

  • Be a good steward and recreate responsibly.
  • Avoid crowded areas to maintain social distancing and limit group size.
  • Park only in designated areas. Do not impede emergency access by blocking roadways, fire lanes or driveways.
  • Follow “Leave No Trace” principles, including “pack it in, pack it out” with your trash, to avoid creating a public health hazard for forest visitors and employees.
  • Follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on protecting yourself and others from COVID-19.

 

Visitors can obtain additional information by visiting the Prescott National Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/ or by following us on Facebook or Twitter.   


Yavapai Apache Nation to hold Second COVID-19 Vaccination Drive

CAMP VERDE - The Yavapai-Apache Nation will partner with the Arizona National Guard to provide an additional free COVID-19 vaccination event in a drive through clinic for area residents ages 18+. The event will be held on Tuesday, May 4th from 8am-6pm in the Cliff Castle Casino Hotel Lodge parking lot, 333 Middle Verde Road, Camp Verde, AZ. To register, please visit https://podvaccine.azdhs.gov/ or call 928-592-7222.

The Yavapai-Apache Health Center will administer a first dose of the Moderna vaccine. A second shot will be given on June 1st at a location to be determined. If you received a first dose at the drive through clinic in April, you can receive your second shot at the May 4th event completing the vaccination process.

“The Yavapai-Apache Nation is very proud to partner with the Arizona National Guard to provide these much-needed vaccinations to our community. We’re fortunate to be able to contribute to helping to end this pandemic” said Yavapai-Apache Nation Chairman, Jon Huey

In addition to hosting this vaccination drive, the Yavapai-Apache Nation continues to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to their Tribal Members, Cliff Castle Casino Hotel Team Members as well as their families.

 

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Wildfire Prevention is Everyone's Responsibility

Forest Service News Release

Wildfire Prevention is Everyones Responsibility

PRESCOTT, AZ – April 16, 2021— The Prescott National Forest wants to remind our visitors about the importance of campfire safety and your part in preventing human-caused wildland fires. Warmer temperatures and spring winds are increasing fire danger across Arizona.  

Please be vigilant of the high winds and rising temperatures and avoid using anything with an open flame or a spark.  #OneLessSpark

  • If mowing grass down, use a string-style trimmer rather than a lawn mower as the blades can strike rock and produce a spark. 
  • Make sure that your chain saw has a spark arrestor and if welding avoid hot dry and windy days. 
  • Maintain vehicle brakes, check that your trailer chains are not dragging and that all cigarettes are extinguished in an ashtray. 
  • Did you know that that shooting of tracer rounds or exploding targets are prohibited on federally managed public land in Arizona? Place your targets on dirt or gravel; and shoot in areas free of dry vegetation and avoid windy days.  Before you leave, inspect your target areas for signs of burning embers/grass. 
  • Always be prepared - have extra water on hand, a shovel and fire extinguisher.

Campfire safety tips are:

  • Bring a small shovel, rake, and buckets of water to drown that fire.
  • Don’t start your fire in tall grass – make sure there is bare ground, or a pre-established fire pit.
  • Don’t start underneath overhanging trees or brush.
  • Don’t start your campfire on a windy day or during a RED FLAG WARNING day.

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


Coconino NF publishes updated Motor Vehicle Use Map for forest travel

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz., April 15, 2021 — The Coconino National Forest has issued a revised Motor Vehicle Use Map the public can use to view all forest roads, trails and areas open to motor vehicle use.

The MVUM is reissued each year. It is free to the public and can be downloaded for use on smartphones and tablets.

The 2021 version of the MVUM includes new information about the location of campfire and camping restrictions, as well as minor updates to existing information.

Paper copies of the MVUM are available at all Coconino National Forest offices, nearby national forest offices and related businesses in Arizona.

A digital version of the map – made available through Avenza – is an electronic color map that includes all designated motorized routes and hiking trails. It also features shaded relief topography and game management units. The Avenza map works with cellphone GPS, which enables users to see where they are on the map in real-time. Once downloaded, the digital map will work without cellphone coverage. The map and instructions can be accessed on the Coconino National Forest Website.

Forest visitors can also propose changes to motor vehicle access or submit comments regarding the map on the Coconino National Forest website.

Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine Put on Hold

The CDC and FDA released a joint statement recommending a pause in the distribution of the Johnson and Johnson “Janssen” vaccine. See PRESS RELEASE for further details.


Fallen Officers Memorial

YAVAPAI COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE TO HOST FIRST ANNUAL FALLEN OFFICERS MEMORIAL

AND UNVEIL BRONZE STATUE PAYING TRIBUTE TO FALLEN OFFICERS.

 

PRESCOTT, AZ - The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is hosting its first annual Yavapai County Fallen Officer Memorial Ceremony on Saturday, May 1st, 2021, at 2 pm on the Yavapai County Courthouse plaza. The ceremony will honor the 18 law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty in the history of the county.

An unveiling of the bronze memorial statue will take place during the ceremony. The memorial statute would not be possible without the generous donations from businesses, community groups, and individuals who simply wanted to see that law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in Yavapai County are honored.

“We can’t thank the community enough for their support in making this happen. The people who sacrificed their lives to protect our county should never be forgotten and this memorial will be a way to remember them for generations to come,” said Sheriff David Rhodes.

Retired Sheriff Scott Mascher, who formed the Memorial Committee early last year, will offer remarks along with the bronze artist, Bill Nebeker. An informal gathering time with some introductions will take place at 1 PM. The public is invited or watch the Ceremony live on the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

Beginning on April 13, 2021, and each day until May 1, the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page will highlight the name, date, and brief circumstance of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

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MATFORCE - Dump the Drugs

Matforce, in association with the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Campaign, is hosting a Dump the Drugs event on Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office - Black Canyon Substation (34825 S. Velda Rose Road, Black Canyon City, AZ).

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Forest Service News Release

Interagency Partners introduce new tool for Fire Restriction Information

 

PRESCOTT, AZ – April 8, 2021— Interagency public land management partners from Arizona and New Mexico have worked to develop a map-based tool to inform the public about fire restrictions on public lands. Partner agencies, under the Southwest Coordinating Group, have worked to develop a new informational web tool went live Monday, April 5, 2021. The new web tool is designed to provide the public with fire restrictions information for public lands that is easy to find and understand, as well as linking the users to the agencies managing those public lands for more detailed information for trip planning.

Fire restrictions are implemented in an effort to help decrease human-caused fires during periods of high fire potential by restricting activities which are the most common causes of wildfires. By providing a resource with accurate and timely information, the goal is to educate and increase compliance, therefore reducing preventable human-caused fires.

Partner agencies in this effort include National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, and the New Mexico Forestry Division.

Fire restrictions can be found by visiting any of the following locations:

  • In Arizona, the fire restriction information web tool can be found by visiting: wildlandfire.az.gov
  • In New Mexico, the fire restriction information web tool can be found by visiting: NMFireInfo.com

Do your part in keeping our residents, property, and wildlands safe from unwanted, human- caused fires; know before you go!

 

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

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