Monthly Archives: January 2016

Are you planning a snowy “fun day” in our area this weekend?

According to ADOT’s News Release today, heavy weekend traffic is expected in our northern levels to take advantage of the snow, most especially in the Flagstaff area. We encourage everyone to plan ahead, be prepared for weather changes anticipated this weekend, and drive with care on the mountain roads when traveling northward.

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News Release of January 29, 2016 (original text is here)
Heavy weekend traffic expected again on US 180 near Flagstaff
Drivers should leave prepared for delays in wintry conditions

FLAGSTAFF – Those planning to use US 180 near Flagstaff this weekend should budget extra travel time as people head to play in the snow, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

With the latest forecast calling for snow starting Sunday morning and picking up into Sunday night and Monday, drivers should leave prepared for extended time in wintry weather and ready to drive in adverse conditions.

Those preparations should start with having a fully charged cellphone, plenty of gas, drinking water and winter coats, warm blankets or both. Among other helpful items: healthy snacks, an ice scraper, a small shovel, a container of sand for traction and hazard warning lights or reflectors.

On roads with snow and ice, slow down, drive according to road conditions and leave extra room between your vehicle and the one in front of you. Give snowplows plenty of room, starting with maintaining four car lengths behind a plow. Never pass a snowplow that’s clearing a road.

For more information on preparing to travel in snow country and driving in adverse weather, please visit azdot.gov/knowsnow.

Don’t pull over on highways or interstates to play in the snow. It’s dangerous for you, other drivers and first responders. Use designated parking areas.

To avoid congestion heading home through Flagstaff at day’s end, consider taking an alternate route offering a more direct path to Interstate 17 via Interstate 40 at Butler Avenue. Signs direct motorists there from US 180.

Check highway conditions before leaving. The ADOT Traveler Information Center, available at az511.gov or by calling 511, is an excellent source of information, as is ADOT’s Twitter account: @ArizonaDOT.

Prepare for more winter weather…

Credit for information and image:  NWS Flagstaff Facebook page and website.

“Winter weather and poor driving conditions to return to Nrn AZ this Sun-Mon. Use the next few days to prepare.”

NWS Flagstaff 1-27-2016

Structural Fire response today…

High Country Fire-Rescue (HCFR) responded to a private residence structural fire today in Valle, Arizona, our northern most response area.  The call originated via a citizen calling 911 with HCFR toned out at approximately 11:15 a.m.  Our department responded with five firefighters, command vehicle, two engines and one water tender.  Additionally responding were two firefighters and one engine from Junipine Fire District, and three firefighters and one engine from Tusayan Fire District.

A Coconino County Sheriff Deputy (CCSO) was first on-scene and determined property owner was not present.  Upon HCFR’s arrival a section of the fire had already spread to the attic with the roof self vented and the structure  three-fourths involved.  At such time, it was determined to be unsafe for any firefighter entrance inside the structure.  Therefore, all personnel took a defensive attack to control the fire to eliminate it spreading to other structures on the property or the ground cover adjacent to the involved structure.  The main house structure was a total loss.

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Cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.  The CCSO Deputy contract the property owner to inform them of the fire and resulting damage.  There were no injuries of personnel during this response.  All units were clear of the scene at approximately 4:30 p.m.

High Country would like to thank the Coconino County Sheriff Deputy, Junipine Fire District and Tusayan Fire District personnel and apparatus during this response, and Sherwood Forest Fire District for being on stand-by to respond as needed.

Photo credits:  Chief R. Trotter

 

Weather update…

Image and information from NSW Flagstaff Facebook post:

“Good news today if you like snow! A rather quick moving cold front will bring rain and mountain snow to northern AZ, along with cool temperatures and gusty winds. Expect a few hours of moderate snow above 5500 feet. Here’s our snowfall forecast and expected timing.”

NWS Flagstaff 1-15-2016

Ongoing updates can be found on their website as well.

County snow plan information….

Coconino County has a variety of information related to dealing with seasonal weather situations.  Area residents and visitors alike will find the Snow Plan page helpful, especially during these current winter weather-related days.

The main Snow Plan webpage is here and contains all the pertinent links to help you understand such things as snow removal policy, emergency management, how to sign up for the “Code Red Emergency” program, and much more.    Please visit the page and links to become more informed.