While the White Mountains is experiencing warmer weather, and there are no fire restrictions in place, now may be a perfect time to clear away weeds from fences and out of ditches. Look for ways that promote safe and proper disposal of dead vegetation and other unwanted waste.
Before you conduct an open burn, keep in mind any burn permits that may be required for your area. You may contact your local Fire Departments, Police Departments and Emergency Management Departments on where to obtain burn permits.
Before you burn your waste/debris you may want to consider that open burning can produce a lot of smoke and toxic pollutants. Smoke may pose a threat to people with pre-existing conditions such as asthma, children and the elderly. Depending upon the size of the burn and the smoke it generates, it may cause a driving hazard from the smoke haze.
Materials that produce toxic smoke cannot be burned. The State’s open burning rule list these prohibited materials as:
- Chemically treated wood
- Hazardous waste products
- Asphalt shingles
- Waste petroleum products
You may check the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) website at www.azdeq.gov for information on open burning.
We want you to be fire smart and clear your dead vegetation away from your homes and fences before we enter our fire season. While doing so keep in mind these tips:
- Never leave a burn site unattended. Remain at the site until the fire is completely extinguished and have equipment available to control the burn and put out the fire if necessary.
- Have your required burn permit at the burn site
- Burn only dry material
- Maintain a clearance of 50 feet from any structure
- Adhere to all local fire restrictions
Remember, having a burn permit or any burn exemption does not absolve an individual or organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started by the exempted activity.
March 4, 2015 – The White Mountains may have received moisture recently, but we still need to be careful with fire. Warm daytime temperatures and high winds will dry out light fuels quickly, making it easy for fires to spread.
Every spring homeowners should take a proactive approach to protecting their home and property from wildfire. By working with your neighbors, individual residents can make their own property – and their neighborhood – much safer from the flames and embers of a wildfire. There are multiple ways to make your home more defensible from a wildfire; some of them are very simple. Mow your lawn, keep weeds short and remove ground litter and dead vegetation to slow the advance of a wildfire. Remove all burnable material from rain gutters where embers can get trapped. Trim tree limbs at least 10 feet from the ground to make it harder for ground fire to reach higher limbs and become a crown fire. Create a “fire-free” area within five feet of the house. Make sure that firewood stacks and propane tanks are outside of the “fire-free” area. For more information and helpful tips visit www.firewise.org.
In the process of making your home and property more defensible from wildfire, you will have produced debris such as lawn and tree trimmings, yard waste, stumps, branches, and leaves. This material is known as green waste. There are multiple locations throughout the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests that accept green waste, to find a location near you, contact your local Ranger District. Some homeowners may choose to burn their yard debris, which can cause a wildfire if not done correctly. Always use caution and common sense before lighting any fire and follow these tips for safe debris burning:
* Comply with local county laws; they may require a burn permit.
* Notify your local fire department and sheriffs’ department.
* Check the weather forecast for changing weather conditions or high winds.
* Never burn on a windy day or red flag day, or leave your fire unattended.
* Always keep water and hand tools available.
* Choose a site far from power lines, overhanging limbs, buildings, automobiles and equipment.
* If using a burn barrel, make sure it:
o Is metal and in good condition with a top screen on mesh that is one-fourth inch or finer.
o Has vents with metal screen coverings and is stirred often and never left unattended.
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.