Red Flag warning for Friday 06/21/2019

Red Flag Warning for Friday, June 21

Valid: Friday late morning – early evening

* AFFECTED AREA…Areas near Buffalo Pass, Chinle, Dilkon, Eagar-Springerville, Ganado, Holbrook, Kayenta, Kykotsmovi, Pinetop-Lakeside, Saint Johns, Shonto, Show Low, Snowflake-Taylor, Tuba City, Window Rock and Winslow.

* WINDS…Southwest 20 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. Strong southwest winds and low relative humidity will lead to critical fire weather conditions northeast of the Mogollon Rim from late this morning through early this evening.  In addition, wind gusts over 45 mph could cause hazardous driving conditions for high-profile vehicles.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY…As low as 10 percent.

* IMPACTSAny fires that develop have the potential to spread very rapidly.

  • No debris burning is allowed during Red Flag Warnings!!

Smoke impact update from Arizona fires.

Smoke
Morning satellite imagery shows lighter smoke off the Coldwater Fire and a large smoke column from the Woodbury Fire east of Phoenix. That smoke is moving toward the northeast. This additional smoke from the Woodbury will continue to increase smoke along the I40 communities and also for locations around Show Low. The increased smoke will cause decreasing air quality through Saturday, but only Moderate air is possible. In the morning for Winslow, Holbrook, and Show Low, brief Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups is possible, improving by 9am.

Transportation
Smoke could be dense at the intersection of State Highway 87 and Lake Mary Road or Forest Service Road 3 each morning between approximately 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. Smoke from the Coldwater and other fires in the area could collect each morning in drainages along I40. Watch for reduced visibility at times, especially along the Little Colorado River.

FREE Electronics & Household Hazardous Waste Recycling

FREE Electronics & Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event

This event is a great way to dispose of the unwanted electronics and hazardous materials in your home!

Don’t miss out on utilizing this great event and helping our environment.

This will be held in the Show Low City Hall parking lot Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

For more information, please call 928.532.4124.

HazardousWaste Event Details

Stage II Fire Restrictions in Effect

Stage II Fire Restrictions

As you may have seen posted on Nextdoor, per the U.S. Forest Service – Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests – Stage II Fire Restrictions took effect in Navajo and Apache Counties 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 4.

This includes the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest and the communities of Heber-Overgaard.

If you have renters or guests staying at your cabin while you are not there, please let them know.

Please spread the word!

Stage II restrictions include:

-No campfires

-No smoking outdoors

-No operating any internal combustion engine; welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame; or using explosives

-No operating of motorized vehicles off designated roads and/or trails -No fireworks(during any stage of fire restrictions), no use of explosive targets, no tracer round ammunition

 

STAGE I FIRE RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED IN SHOW LOW

Mayor signs emergency proclamation

Effective June 16, 2017, at 8:00 a.m., Stage I fire restrictions are in effect within the City of Show Low.

Those persons violating this ban on open fires and smoking may be charged with a class one misdemeanor and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Mayor Daryl Seymore issued an emergency proclamation indicating the following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire unless noted in the exemptions below.
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
  3. Used smoking materials will be extinguished and disposed of properly.
  4. Use of explosive targets or tracer round ammunition. The use and sale of fireworks of any kind which are suspended in the City of Show Low until fire restrictions are lifted.
  5. The following are exempted from these restrictions:
  • Persons with a written permit issued by other state or local governmental agencies that specifically authorize the otherwise prohibited act.
  • Any federal, state, or local officer or member of an organized firefighting force performing an official firefighting duty.
  • Persons using a device solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.
  • Fires used only for the cooking of food or for providing warmth for human beings or for recreational purposes (campfire and charcoal fires) in an area that is designed for that purpose and is barren and cleared of all debris.
  • Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.

During “Red Flag Warning” conditions , as posted by the U.S. Forest Service, no open outdoor fires, campfires, charcoal fires or out door smoking are permitted on either public or private property within the incorporated area of Show Low.

Those persons violating this ban on open fires and smoking may be charged with a class one misdemeanor and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

The restrictions remain in effect until the fire danger abates and the proclamation is rescinded or if the proclamation is superseded by amended restrictions.

To help you understand where and when fire restrictions and possible closures exist, there are several resources available. The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:

 

 

05.02.17 Prescribed Burn(s)

Per the U.S. Forest Service – Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests:

Prescribed firing operations are continuing as planned on the Whitcom Unit E. of Lakeside, Az. Smoke will be visible in the local area, from Arizona State Highway 260 and 77, U.S. Highway 60, and the towns of Pinetop – Lakeside, Vernon, McNary and Show Low. Please drive with caution along roads impacted by #smoke.

(Photos from U.S. Forest Service – Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Facebook page.)

Be ‘Bear-Aware’ – Their Winter Naps Have Ended

With spring comes blooming May flowers, and warmer temps – it’s also the time of year that slumbering black bears wake up from their winter naps, hungry! The White Mountain Independent has a very timely informative article this week that you can read here.

So be ‘bear-aware’ when out in the forest or walking in the neighborhood and please be mindful of the fact that we are in their neighborhood too and garbage cans, food left outdoors and even bird feeders and barbecues can be enticing to these furry friends. If you happen to see one, don’t engage, keep your distance and follow these tips from the US Forest Service.

And keep your pic-in-ik baskets safe!

Dog Owners Be Aware – Leptospirosis Reported in Navajo County

A note of caution for dog owners, if you are here full-time or planning a visit, please be aware that a potentially harmful virus called Leptospirosis has been reported here in Navajo county. There was an outbreak in the Valley and apparently it has made its way here as well.

The White Mountain Independent has put out a very informative article about it on their Web site. Be aware, take care!

New Trail Markers On The Way

The U.S. Forest Service decided that white trail diamonds will be used for non-motorized trails across the United States. The new white diamonds recently arrived, so TRACKS (www.trackswhitemountains.org) volunteers are taking down all the blue trail marker diamonds and replacing them with white reflective ones.

The new signs are like the Emergency Response diamonds, just not with codes on them. Reflective diamonds are more visible in low light conditions.

This project requires placing about 9,500 new trail marker diamonds on the 200-plus mile White Mountains Trail System for hikers, mountain bikers, trail runners, bird watchers, geocachers and equestrians in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.

The WMTS is a very popular outdoor recreation opportunity in the White Mountains and is a major contributor to the regional economy. More than 70,000 WMTS trail brochures were distributed to residents and visitors over the past four years, and the White Mountains Independent recently published a “Take a Hike” guide, which has been widely distributed.

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As reported by the White Mountain Independent, for the full story, click here.