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Storm Scheduled for Wednesday (12/4/19)

Storm Scheduled for Wednesday (12/4/19)

Beginning Wednesday, we may have some elevated water flows in Yavapai County steams and rivers. Please drive very carefully and do not cross areas of running water. 

Per the US National Weather Service Flagstaff Arizona, "Another Pacific storm system is heading for Arizona. Areas of heavy rain will be possible Wednesday night with elevated snow levels due to a stream of moisture moving in from the south.  For updates go to weather.gov/flagstaff for updates."

If you are interested in monitoring a particular area's projected river flows, you can follow: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/glance.php?wfo=fgz&gage=vdpa3&riverid=203994, select the river you would like to view, and then check the box "Stage/Forecast" to see what NWS is predicting for the area you are viewing. 

 

Seligman and Prescott Valley Shelters

Seligman and Prescott Valley Shelters

Good morning, at the time of this post, the shelter at Seligman High School and warming center at Bradshaw Mountain High School are closed. Thank you Red Cross for all your efforts in keeping our residents warm and comfortable during this storm and power disruption. 

Red Cross Shelter Available in Seligman

Red Cross Shelter Available in Seligman

A Red Cross shelter has been established at the Seligman High School located at 54170 N. Floyd St., Seligman, AZ 86337. Blankets and warm MREs as well as snack are available at this site. 

Winter Storm Warming Shelter for November 2019

Winter Storm Warming Shelter for November 2019

The warming shelter available during our current storm (Nov. 24th to current 2019), which was located at Bradshaw Mountain High School, is currently not staffed, but upon request will be opened and staffed for anyone in need.  Please call Josh Ratliff  at (928) 266-2157 to request warming shelter assistance. 

December 2019 Snow Storm Issues

December 2019 Snow Storm Issues

Emergency Alert Regarding Roads:

Most roadways have reopened.  Please visit az511.gov and azdot.gov for the latest status on road conditions.

Current winter storm has closed multiple stretches of highway in Arizona's high country.  Motorists are advised to stay off roads and delay their travel.

Current closures as of 11/29/19 include:

  • SR 87 closed from Payson to Winslow.
  • SR 89A closed from Sedona to the 1-17 junction.
  • SR 260 closed from Camp Verde to SR 87.
  • US 191 closed north of Morenci to Alpine.  

If you encounter a snowplow, do not pass the plow and leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the plow.  If you are approaching an oncoming snowplow, slow down and give the plow extra room.  

For updated information please visit: az511.gov and azdot.gov.

Emergency Alert for Power Outages:

The following areas are experiencing power outages:

  • Skull Valley with 160 residents without power.
  • Prescott with 1036 residents without power.
  • Bagdad with 230 residents without power.
  • Mayer with 3,823 residents without power. 
  • Dewey with 1223 residents without power.
  • Chino Valley some reports of power being out, no official number reported. 

Please see the outage map at outagemap.aps.com for updates on when power will be returned. 

Warming Shelter:

Anyone who is in need of shelter or a place to warm up is encouraged to go to Bradshaw Mountain High School at 6000 E. Long Look Dr., Prescott Valley, AZ 86314. The American Red Cross will be opening a shelter/warming center there around 11 am.  

 

 

Major Winter Storm Late Wednesday through Early Saturday

Major Winter Storm Late Wednesday through Early Saturday

Major Winter Storm Late Wednesday through Early Saturday

This just in from the National Weather Service (NWS) of Flagstaff:

"A major winter storm is on track to impact northern Arizona late Wednesday night through early Saturday.  Difficult to impossible travel conditions are anticipated Thursday and Friday.

We also have a cold front set to cross the region today, bringing gusty winds this afternoon and scattered snow showers tonight.  Accumulation will be light."

Please feel free to email the NWS at FlagstaffWx@noaa.gov or call (928) 774-4414 for any weather-related questions. 

If you would like to receive text messaged (or emails) for alerts in an area that you define, please click the "Register" button on the Interactive NWS site https://inws.ncep.noaa.gov

 

Sandbag and Sand Locations within Yavapai County

Sandbag and Sand Locations within Yavapai County

Sandbag and Sand Locations within Yavapai County

Prescott Basin Locations:

  • Yavapai County Public Works yard in Prescott-1100 Commerce Drive, Prescott
  • Prescott Fire Station-333 White Spar Road, Prescott
  • Prescott Fire Station-1980 Club House Drive, near the airport, Prescott
  • Prescott Fire Station #74 Smoke Tree Lane, Prescott
  • Prescott/Central Fire Station-1700 Iron Springs Road, Prescott
  • Central Arizona Fire Station-4125 West Outer Loop Road, Prescott
  • Central Arizona Fire Station Prescott Valley-8555 East Yavapai Road, Prescott Valley
  • Central Arizona Fire Chino Station 61 - 1133 West Road 3 North, Chino Valley
  • Central Arizona Fire Paulden Station 63-250 West Sweet Valley Drive, Paulden
  • Williamson Valley trailhead 308-347 across from Granite Oaks Drive (7 miles North of Iron Springs Road)

Southern/Western Yavapai County Locations:

  • Yarnell Presbyterian Church-16455 Table Top Way
  • Mayer Fire Station-10001 South Miami Street, Mayer
  • Black Canyon Fire Station-35050 Old Black Canyon Hwy, Black Canyon City
  • Ash Fork-Church off Bullock Road, Ash Fork
  • Seligman Fire-Hwy 66 and 2nd Street
  • Cordes Lakes Fire Dept.-16262 South Black Mountain Road

Verde Valley Locations:

  • Yavapai County Verde Valley Public Works Yard-4000 West Cherry Road, Verde Valley
  • Verde Valley Fire Station 31-2700 Godard Road, Cottonwood
  • Cottonwood Public Works Yard-1480 West Mingus Ave
  • Verde Valley Fire Station 36-895 First South Street, Clarkdale
  • Verde Valley Fire Station 32-1120 South Page Springs Road, Cornville

Lake Montezuma/Sycamore Park

  • Lake Montezuma-3705 East Beaver Vista Road, Rimrock
  • Sedona Fire-Sedona Red Rock High School-995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road, Sedona
  • Sedona Uptown Public Parking Lot, 260 Schnebly Road
  • Sedona United Methodist Church, 110 Indian Cliffs Road
  • Sedona City Maintenance Yard-2070 Contractors Road
RX Burn South of Groom Creek

RX Burn South of Groom Creek

Prescott National Forest has confirmed today (10/17/19) that there will be a RX burn just south of Groom Creek.  Total area is 250 acres. 

For more information:

Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF/)

Twitter (http://twitter.com/PrescottNF?lang-en)

Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/

Twitter: @Prescott NF

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF/

Fire Information: (928) 925-1111

Local Ranger Station: Bradshaw RD (928) 443-8000

 

Prescribed Burns Planned Oct. 4th to Oct. 30th/Bradshaw Ranger District

Prescribed Burns Planned Oct. 4th to Oct. 30th/Bradshaw Ranger District

October 2, 2019-Fire managers on the Bradshaw Ranger District plan to take advantage of favorable weather conditions and have planned several fuel treatments October 4th through October 30th. All burning will be dependent on current and expected weather conditions. Fire managers will utilize tactics to keep smoke impacts as minimal as possible.  These may include canceling approved burns when conditions aren't favorable, timing daytime ignitions to allow the majority of smoke to disperse prior to settling overnight, and burning larger sections at a time when conditions are favorable to reduce the overall number of days smoke is in the area.

79/80: Broadcast burn unit: Approximately 662 acres located south of Groom Creek off Senator Hwy (FS RD. 52). Fire managers may be utilizing aerial ignition devices in addition to ground ignitions on this prescribed burn.

Waterfalls: Broadcast burn unit. Approximately 644 acres located south of Groom Creek off Wolf Creek Rd. (County Rd. 101). Fire managers may be utilizing aerial ignition devices in addition to ground ignitions on this prescribed burn.

High Valley Fuel Break Piles: Pile burn unit. Approximately 77 acres located south west of Prescott in between Copper Basin Rd. (County Rd. 64) and White Spar Rd. (Hwy. 89).

Aspen Creek Piles: Pile burn unit. Approximately 152 acres located south west of Prescott near Copper Basin Rd. (County Rd. 64) and Thumb Butte Loop Rd. (FS Rd. 373 junction.

Lynx Creek Piles: Pile burn unit. Approximately 509 acres located south east of Prescott off Walker Rd. (County Rd. 57).

In the interest of safety, forest visitors are reminded to obey all traffic signs and use caution when traveling in the vicinity of all prescribed burn units as firefighters and fire-related traffic will be in the area. Drivers should be prepared for short delays adjacent to operations along roads.

Prescribed fires are one of the most effective tools available to resource managers for restoring fire-adapted ecosystems. These burns will mimic natural fires by reducing hazardous fuels accumulations, and reintroduce fire into a fire dependent system; recycling nutrients and increasing habitat diversity. Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.

All prescribed fire activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather forecasts, fuels moisture levels and conditions that minimize smoke impacts as best as possible and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (www.azdeq.gov).

Messages will be posted to social media when managed fires are ignited on the Prescott National Forest:

The public can obtain additional information via the following:

 

 

 

 

Johnson Fire

Johnson Fire

From the Prescott National Forest, September 23, 2019-Firefighters responded to a smoke report at 2:15pm approximately 8 miles south of Prescott, near Lookout Mountain (T12N, R2W, S16). The 166 acre Johnson Fire is burning in brush, pinyon and some timber. Firefighters and air attack are on scene assessing fuel conditions and values at risk. Smoke will be visible from Prescott and other local communities.  Fire is still under investigation as to why it started. 66% contained.

Moderate to heavy rain considerably cooled the remaining heat in denser fuels yesterday, allowing firefighters to pivot away from full suppression efforts to a monitor status. Weather concerns, road conditions and fire weakened tree hazards will keep crews outside the fire perimeter throughout today as heat and fire activity continue to diminish.  Fire crews and resources are continuing to be released, as weather conditions continue to be favorable.

Campgrounds: Upper Wolf Creek Group Campground and all designated dispersed camping sites in the southern portion of the Prescott Basin have been reopened as of September 27, 2019.  Lower Wolf Creek Campground will remain closed for the season.

Current Resources: 2-Engines, 1 Crew, 1 Helicopter, and miscellaneous medical resources and overhead personnel.  

In the interest of safety, the public is asked to not travel in the vicinity of Ponderosa Park, Lower Wolf Creek, and the community of Potato Patch as firefighters and fire-related traffic will be traveling in the area.  Avoiding these areas will allow firefighters to work and travel safely during suppression operations.

The public can obtain additional information via the following:

 

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