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Red Flag warning in effect for North Kaibab Plateau & Tusayan…

The below information about this RED FLAG WARNING is posted on AZ EIN webpage.

“April 14, 2015 – 8:11 am”

“The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for today from noon to 8 p.m. that covers the North Kaibab and Tusayan ranger districts of the Kaibab National Forest, as well as other areas of Northern Arizona, due to strong winds and low relative humidity.”

“Visitors to the North Kaibab and Tusayan districts of the Kaibab National Forest are advised to refrain from having a campfire when Red Flag Warning conditions exist. This advisory covers all campfires across the districts, including in developed campgrounds.”

“A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are expected and that a combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will create an increased potential for large fire growth. The campfire advisory remains in effect until the Red Flag Warning ends.”

“The Kaibab National Forest is committed to educating visitors about their role in helping prevent unwanted, human-caused fires. Avoiding having campfires on windy days is one way they can do that.”

“For detailed weather information including warnings issued by the National Weather Service, visit www.wrh.noaa.gov/fgz/.”

“Information about fire danger levels and more is available on the Kaibab National Forest website, http://www.fs.usda.gov/kaibab.”

Weather alert…..winds increasing and red flag warning for Tuesday.

As per Flagstaff Weather Service:  “Expect windy conditions on Tuesday ahead of a cold front due on Wednesday. This front will bring cooler conditions and a few showers to the area, along with a wind shift to the north.”

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Photo credite: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/fgz/

Due to the wind advisory, please be aware of potential fire hazards! A large portion of northern Arizona will be under a red flag warning tomorrow, Tuesday, from approximately noon to 7pm. More information can be found at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/fgz/.

Red Flag Warning for area….

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Photo credit:  NWS Flagstaff, AZ and NWS Flagstaff Facebook page.

As reported by NWS Flagstaff, “Critical fire weather conditions (strong winds + low relative humidity and high fire danger! ) are forecast across northeast Arizona today and Tuesday. A Wind Advisory is also in effect today for areas in the red flag warning as well as Coconino county. Expect southwest winds gusts to 45 mph across the wind advisory and red flag warning areas.”

Please use great care with ANYTHING that may cause a spark!!

Recent Wildland Fire in our area serves as reminder…..

On June 21, 2014, our department responded to a report of smoke in the Howard Mesa area. Available apparatus included 12 engines, 3 tenders, 1 dozer, 1 helicopter, and 50+ firefighters. After five hours the fire was contained with no reported injuries. Our department returned a couple more times to ensure the area remained safe and free of pop-up or additional fire.

A full media release by our department concerning this fire, including photos, has been published with FLAGscanner.

We ask that all of our rural residents be vigilant to any possible smoke and report such a siting immediately to 911.  During this dry period, along with potentially gusty winds, the chance of fire from even one small spark is extremely elevated.  In our open rural area, a wildland fire can spread quickly and endanger private property and citizens alike.

Remember that a fire can start from many types of “normal” outdoor activities which can include use of chainsaws, charcoal grills, starting and unattended fires, and much more.  Current county restrictions include residents a ban any type of item or equipment which may produce even the smallest spark.  (Refer to current county restrictions.)

Help us keep our area safe and fire free.  Everyone working together can ensure the preservation of our area.

 

Warmer weather with high temps predicted….

Dry, very warm temperatures are predicted for our area this week through Tuesday.   We have a slight chance of dry thunderstorms Tuesday and Wednesday, which includes the possibility of increased winds and lightning.

We ask all residents in our area to be vigilant of any possible smoke and/or fires during this dry period.  Report all such incidents immediately by calling 911.

REMINDER:  restrictions remain in effect for our area.  These restrictions include the federal lands AND unincorporated areas/developments. Our rural area is considered to be “unincorporated” so the county restrictions apply to us, including private lands.

Important links for more information:
USNWS Flagstaff
Area federal lands – refer to the appropriate links in the left column on this page
Coconino County Wide Fire Ban – refer to our May 23, 2014 post for a copy of this ban, which REMAINS IN EFFECT!

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Image credit:  USNWS Flagstaff