3/30/15 – Governor Doug Ducey has signed a proclamation declaring the week of March 30-April4, 2015 “Wildfire Prevention Week”. The theme for this year is “Where We Live, How We Live, Living with Wildfire.” The focus of the week is to increase awareness and to promote actions that reduce the risk from wildfire to homes and communities.
Throughout the week we will bring you more information and messages to share with your family and friends. Today’s message is ‘Never throw a cigarette out of the window of a vehicle’. Use your ashtray to prevent wildfires.
Stay tuned for more messages this week as we bring you information on how you and your family and friends can help prevent wildfires.
3/28/15 – The Springerville Ranger District is taking advantage of warm days and cool nights, which offer better ventilation for smoke, to begin a prescribed burn on Monday, March 30. The location is northwest of Greens Peak Hideaways in the Mallory Springs and Cerro Trigo areas (T9N/R26E/Sections 1, 2, and 11-14)
Crews will be on scene from the beginning of ignitions until dark and though the weekends monitoring fire containment.
For questions or concerns please contact the Springerville Ranger District at (928)333-6200. For updates call 311 or (928)333-3412. Information can also be found at Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest website at: www.fs.usda.gov/asnf.
3/20/2015 – As you may have heard today is the first day of Spring! Along with spring cleaning inside your house don’t forget to tidy up outside. Clearing the area around your home and making “defensible space” is crucial to aid in saving your home from devastating wildfires. There is still time to obtain burn permits and take care of any debris that has built up around your property, irrigation ditches or weeds before the winds pick up. If you are planning to get some spring cleaning done make sure to contact your local fire department, police department or if your residence does not fall under a fire district contact your county or tribal emergency management department for more information. You MUST call before burning to make sure it is safe. Always keep a source of water nearby with a shovel and plenty of dirt, keep piles small and you are required to stay with any burning material at all times until it is completely extinguished.
A few departments have permit forms online and most cost nothing or minimal fee to obtain. Below is a list of places or websites to get your burn permit.
Holbrook area – City of Holbrook, 465 1st Avenue
Joseph City – Contact Chief DeSpain at (928)587-5641
Pinetop area – Pinetop Fire Station 110, 1845 S. Pine Lake Rd
Snowflake and Taylor area – Snowflake-Taylor Police Department, 602 S. Main Street
Winslow area – Winslow Fire Department, 215 N. Taylor Ave
Timber Mesa Fire – https://ww04.elbowspace.com/secure/20130611100039599152
Heber-Overgaard Fire – http://www.hofdaz.com/burning-guidelines.html
Navajo County (*outside of any other fire district)
**hours for burning may vary so you much check with your area