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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.

 

Emergency closing for Slide Fire…

Per Coconino National Forest, the following is for immediate release:

Flagstaff, Ariz. – The Coconino National Forest has issued an emergency closure on all National Forest System lands within the area of the Slide Fire on the Coconino National Forest, in Coconino and Yavapai Counties.

This area closure is implemented as a standard fire operations procedure which helps to protect the public from entering into an area that is still active with fire, so as not to impede the efficiency of firefighters and allow for their safety while they do their job, where snags and rolling rocks will be an issue until mitigated, and during post-fire efforts to abate potential flooding and debris flows. The public is prohibited from entering any trails, roads, or areas within the fire closure area, which will be in force until further notification.

To view the Order and map of the fire closure area, visit: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/coconino/landmanagement/ cid=stelprdb5331631&width=full

This area, road, and trail closure only affects National Forest System land, roads, and trails within the closure area on the Coconino National Forest. The closure does not affect any private, state, county, or other Non-National Forest System lands within the closure boundary.

Wildfires behave differently in areas where fuels have been previously treated. Fast moving wildfires slow down when they burn onto the footprints of past wildfires, prescribed burns, or thinned areas. As we learn to live with wildfire as a natural part of the ecosystem, we continue to reduce risks associated with uncharacteristic wildfires.

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Info credit:  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/3874/21954/

Latest Slide Fire News…

For the most recent news about the Slide Fire, go to the InciWeb Information site here.

Additionally, you can read timely announcements and complete fire information on FLAGscanner’s website here.

Maps and photos can also be view at both of these websites.

COUNTY WIDE FIRE BAN EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

The below information is for immediate release, per County website on.  View original information on this page.

COUNTY WIDE FIRE BAN EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Coconino County Board of Supervisors approved a ban on open burning on County public lands and private lands in the unincorporated areas of the County. The ban went into effect at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 23 and will remain in effect until fire danger conditions subside.

The County’s fire ban includes all open fires, campfires and other pyrotechnic displays on private and public lands in the unincorporated areas of the County. On April 25, 2014, the Board took action to ban the sale and use of all permissible consumer fireworks within Coconino County. Excluded from the ban are petroleum-fueled stoves or lanterns, enclosed charcoal barbeque grills operated in residential yards and special events specifically approved by the Board of Supervisors.

“Due to recent events in Coconino County and Northern Arizona, as well as the extremely dangerous and life threatening fire conditions throughout the County, the Board has decided to take this necessary action” said County Supervisor Chairman Matt Ryan. “Given the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, our Board felt the most prudent action was to impose this ban to help remove this potential threat and avoid additional devastating wildfires in our communities.”

Current restrictions within all county parks and natural areas will also remain in effect, including:

• Camping is only permitted in designated campgrounds at Fort Tuthill County Park.
• Smoking is strictly prohibited outdoors and only allowed in designated areas and/or in enclosed vehicles.
• Parking is prohibited on grassy forested areas and allowed in designated parking areas.
• Open fires are prohibited. This includes campfires, charcoal grills, torches, fireworks and candles. Only liquid gas stoves are permitted in improved areas (cleared of all vegetation, typically on a cinder or gravel surface).

Citizens are reminded to use caution when smoking cigarettes outdoors and to completely extinguish them. The use of any machinery that may emit sparks, such as chainsaws and welding equipment should be used with caution during the extreme fire danger period. Be prepared and have fire extinguishing equipment readily available.

While the fire ban may not specifically ban every type of fire-causing activity, residents and visitors are asked to use their best judgment when considering whether to engage in any activity that could spark a fire. Residents and visitors are reminded that they can be held legally responsible for causing any wildfire.

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Latest information for Slide Fire north of Sedona

Go to this site for information which updates often or as needed:  http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/3874/21925/

Note roadway closures and heed the warnings to stay out of the area.  This will help keep all the crews safe and free to move around as needed without interruptions by the general public.

Additionally, residual smoke may be present northward in the Flagstaff area and elsewhere.  Plan you travel accordingly if you have health issues that may be impacted by such smoke.