Winter Storm in Nothern Arizona


2/26/15 6:30 pm

A Winter storm will bring heavy rain and snow to portions of northern Arizona…with the greatest period of impact currently forecast for late Saturday night through Monday.  A colder storm will arrive by Tuesday…bringing additional snow to the area.

This is a high impact and long duration event.  Higher elevations of the Western and Central Mogollon Rim could see as much as 1 to 3 feet of snow with this storm…with additional snow on Tuesday and Wednesday.

There is a threat of flooding along the southern slopes of the Mogollon Rim and Bradshaw mountains with the anticipated heavy rainfall (Yavapai, N. Gila Counties).NE Arizona, and the Eastern Rim / White Mtns where snow levels will be higher.


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Century Link Cellular Phone Outage

2/25/15 – According to representatives with Century Link, One of their major fiber optic cables was accidentally cut just north of New River near Phoenix. This line also carries many cell phone and internet providers that service Northern Arizona. Restoration time frame still unknown.

“ORIGINAL POST: FLAGscanner is receiving word from utility companies in Northern Arizona, that much of the region is without cell phone or internet service at this hour. This is the result of a large communications line that has accidentally been cut according to our sources. One company advised us that service restoration could take anywhere from 2 hours to 24 hours.”

Stay tuned to this page for updates as we get them.

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Help Prevent Wildfires by Properly Disposing of Your Hot Ashes

Springerville, AZ—February 24, 2015 – The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests reminds homeowners to be extra careful this winter/spring when disposing of hot ashes. Many homeowners throughout the White Mountains use fireplaces, wood stoves or pelletstoves to heat their homes.  Improper ash disposal has become a common cause of many wildfires throughout the country and can destroy homes, outbuildings and valuable resources.

The White Mountains continue to be unseasonably warm and dry. This trend has created low fuel moistures which make fuels more combustible. High winds can spread dumped hot coals and start a wildfire. Wood ashes can retain enough heat to ignite combustible materials for several days.

Always store your ashes in a metal container with a lid that can be tightly closed. After dumping ashes into the container, douse them with water. Close the container and place it outside your home and away from combustible materials. Wait several days before disposing of your ashes to make sure they are completely cooled. Once the ash is completely cooled, place it in a pile and prepare your container for the next load.

Here are some tips on what NOT TO DO:

  • DO NOT: Place hot ashes in a dumpster where there may be combustible materials.
  • DO NOT: Dispose of ashes in paper, plastic or cardboard containers.
  • DO NOT: Assume the ashes are cold and pour them over the ground.
  • DO NOT: Store your metal container in any location where heat may transfer to nearby flammable items.

Teach other family members and any visitors these important rules about hot ash disposal. Abiding by these rules can keep your family, homes and forests safe.

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