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July 27, 2014

City of Cottonwood

 

Join us for National Night Out - August 5th

 

Join Cities Nationwide For “AMERICA’S NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME”.

 

 

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July 26, 2014

Arizona Community Foundation

 

Grant Supports Critical Communication Tools for Responders in the Wake of the Slide Fire

 

The Arizona Community Foundation has awarded a grant of $11,500 to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team from its Slide Fire Disaster Response Fund. The Fund was established in response to the Slide Fire that burned more than 20,000 acres in Oak Creek Canyon near Sedona in May 2014.

The Fund was seeded with $10,000 from ACF and received about $20,000 in donations from individual donors and Foundation donor advised funds.

The $11,500 grant will be used to purchase satellite communicators that will enable more reliable and rapid information exchange between responders and other personnel.

The inReach SE satellite communicators will allow responders to communicate with other responders as well as the command group with text messages. The devices also allow the command group to monitor responders’ locations and receive alerts to emergency situations. These will be deployed in the near future as responders go into the field, where flash floods and rock slides pose an increased risk for returning residents and others entering the area to begin repairs.

“Early on, we identified communication in the field as a struggle. The contours of the canyon make radio and cell phone communication difficult,” said Kris Kazian, Fire Chief of the Sedona Fire District. “Effective communication is a key first step to engage in a safe and successful operation. This grant will facilitate that.”

Sgt. Aaron Dick of the Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue agreed, saying the devices would enhance responder safety and situational awareness, which was the steering committee’s primary focus.

“A silver lining of these disaster situations is that it builds on and improves inter-agency cooperation,” Dick said. “There’s an increased dialogue that’s helping us improve our response to situations before they happen.”

The Slide Fire Disaster Response Fund’s resources are not exhausted, and its dedicated steering committee will be looking for opportunities and gaps as field operations continue. To make an online credit card donation to the Slide Fire Disaster Response Fund, visit www.azfoundation.org/slidefire. Or, mail a check to ACF at 2201 E. Camelback Road, Suite 405B, Phoenix, AZ 85016. You may also call (602) 381-1400 to make a credit gift by phone.

 

 

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July 25, 2014

Prescott National Forest

 

Fire Prevention and Safety Reminder

 

Prescott National Forest would like to remind visitors to please be careful when recreating on the forest. While recent rainfall has brought much needed temporary relief to the area, overall conditions across the forest remain dry and Fire Officials want to remind visitors to stay vigilant.

  • Don’t throw cigarette butts in the forest or out vehicle windows.
  • Keep your campfires small. Bring water and a shovel to extinguish your campfire.
  • If possible use an established campfire ring.
  • Build campfires away from overhanging branches, steep slopes, dry grass, pine needles and leaves.
  • Pile extra wood away from the fire.
  • Clear the ground to bare soil within a 10-foot diameter circle.
  • Never leave your campfire unattended. Even a small breeze could cause the fire to spread by carrying hot embers out of your fire ring.
  • Do not bury your coals as they can smolder and re-ignite later.
  • When extinguishing your campfire, use the Pour, Stir, Feel method. Pour water onto your campfire. With a shovel, stir the ashes and embers, using dirt to help cool the fire faster. Gently feel with the back of your hand for any heat in your campfire. If it’s too hot to touch, than it’s too hot to leave. Repeat these steps until you are certain your campfire is Dead-Out. When it’s cool enough to stick your hand in, it’s cool enough to leave.

The public is reminded that fireworks are always prohibited on all national forest lands.

 

 

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July 24, 2014

Coconino National Forest

 

Slide Fire closure revised to smaller area

 

Flagstaff, Ariz. – The Slide Fire closure area has been revised to include only those areas which currently pose danger to the public, resulting in Forest Road 535 and 536 opening.

The area closure is part of standard operations procedure, which helps to protect the public from entering into an area that poses a threat due to ongoing wildfire activity and/or rehabilitation efforts.

The closure only affects Forest Service land and roads within the closure area on the Coconino National Forest and does not include any private, state, county, or other non-Forest Service system lands within the closure boundary.

 A map showing the new boundary and official closure order is posted online at http://tinyurl.com/op92mm2.

 

 

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July 24, 2014

Sedona Recycles

 

News from Sedona Recycles

 

 

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July 23, 2014

Coconino National Forest

 

Slide Fire BAER work effective and near completion

 

 

Flagstaff, Ariz. – Efforts by the Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team have proven successful and effective on areas of the Slide Fire and work is nearing completion.

 

Even though the effects from rain events cannot be entirely prevented by Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) efforts they can mitigated by reducing water flow, debris runoff and erosion from rain event on lands downstream and down-slope from moderately to severely burned areas within the fire perimeter.

 

Burned Area Emergency Response efforts promote the growth of grass in severely burned areas to stabilize soil and slow runoff.  These efforts also reduce impacts to highways and roads, decrease effects to vital watershed areas, water systems and wells, and lessen damage to sensitive areas, endangered species habitat, and archaeological sites.

 

To-date, the Slide Fire BAER implementation efforts have included the following:

 

  • Aerial seeding and mulching on 2,175 acres of moderate to high severity burned areas with a certified weed free seed mix with quick germinating and growing sterile barley, along with native grasses such as slender wheatgrass, little bluestem, and squirrel tail.  The barely has already sprouted and is on its way to stabilizing soils.  Seeding and mulching was very effective at protecting the topsoil in areas of the nearby 2006 Brins Fire.

 

  • Ten drainage culverts were cleaned out along forest system road 231 so that they do not clog up with debris and fail (wash out) during heavy monsoon rains.

 

  • The junction box at Sterling Canyon Spring, a water supply for the Arizona Game and Fish Sterling Springs Fish Hatchery, the Forest Service Pine Flats Campground, and supplemental water used at private residences, is being protected with an enhanced concrete encasement with structural reinforcement of a more hydrodynamic form to reduce the potential of damage from flood waters.

 

  • Several historic sites including three historic ditches, the Ranger Thomas Homestead, and the newly discovered Lolomai Lodge were protected from erosion and sedimentation with straw bales, waddles, and aerial seeding/mulching.  Asbestos shingles were found at the Lolomai lodge site and removed to prevent asbestos contaminates from entering the water in Oak Creek.

 

  • Several potable water supply well heads susceptible to flooding were protected from floodwaters with a combination of visqueen and sandbags at Cave Springs, Manzanita, and Banjo Bill Campgrounds.

 

  • Vault toilets in the Manzanita, Banjo Bill, and Cave Springs Campgrounds and Slide Rock State Park susceptible to flooding are being pumped and closed to reduce contamination of Oak Creek water from floodwaters entering human waste.

 

  • Early Warning System ALERT stations were installed in the Slide burn area.  These ALERT stations provide real-time data on rain fall amounts.  This data from these ALERT stations can be viewed at the following link:  http://jefullerdata.com/ADWR/Slide/Slide.html

 

  • Warning signs were installed at access travelways into the burned area with the objective to prevent public entry and personal injury or loss of life into or below burned areas.  Barricades have also been installed at potential access points into the closed area of the fire and Oak Creek to prevent public entry into areas with high risk of falling trees, debris flows, rock slides, and flooding with the objective of preventing personal injury or loss of life to forest users.

 

Storm Inspection and Response Patrols are in place to monitor conditions and implement cleanout of forest road culverts after significant precipitation events within drainages connected to Oak Creek. The objective is to remove debris from culverts or drainages that otherwise might plug up and pose risk of breach that might damage structures or flood downstream values including road infrastructure, non-forest residential developments and flooding events posing further risk to human life and safety along Oak Creek.

 

  • Field monitoring of seeding and mulching treatments will be performed in years one and two to determine the effectiveness of seeding and mulching on relatively flat slopes (5%) and on steeper slopes (about 25%). 

 

The BAER Team also provided a burn severity map and preliminary peak flow data to assist the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) in conducting their damage assessment report.  The NRCS provided emergency funds to Coconino County to assist landowners in preparing private property for potential runoff and debris flows from the burned area.  The Coconino National Forest continues to participate in coordination efforts with both Coconino and Yavapai County Emergency Management Services.

Residents and property owners downstream from the fire area are encouraged to continue to take precautions to protect their property and they should also be prepared to leave their homes on short notice in case of intense rain events.

Visitors are reminded that national forest lands are closed through Oak Creek Canyon until the area is deemed safe.  For further information contact the Oak Creek Canyon Information Hotline at 928-203-7505 or the Coconino National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/coconino. More information about Slide Fire BAER efforts can be found online at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3884/.

 

 

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July 22, 2014

Town of Camp Verde

 

West Nile Virus found in Camp Verde

 

Thanks to a recent call to Yavapai County Community Health Services (YCCHS) by an alert resident, a large body of standing water was found to be full of mosquito larvae. Adult mosquitoes in the area were trapped and tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). YCCHS staff has notified the owner of the property and are working to get the situation resolved. The standing water was due to improper irrigation techniques and/or faulty ditch gates. The Health Department suggests not allowing water to sit for more than three days, even when irrigating, to prevent the breeding of mosquitos and also recommends that residents with horses get them vaccinated against WNV.

West Nile Virus can spread to humans and animals through bites from mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds. The incubation period is 3 to 14 days with symptoms lasting 3 to 6 days. Most people infected with West Nile Virus will feel no symptoms. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 20 percent will feel mild, flu-like symptoms that may include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Swollen glands
  • Muscle weakness

A small percentage of people infected with West Nile virus will experience severe symptoms. Every year people in Arizona die from infection. Usually, but not always, it hits the very young or elderly, or those with compromised immune systems, the hardest. It is important to remember that there are measures each person can take to prevent infection:

  • Eliminate mosquito-breeding sites around your home or business by removing standing water in potted plants, tires, and other containers.
  • When standing water can’t be drained or dumped, use safe mosquito larvicides such as “mosquito dunks”, which are commonly available at feed stores and garden centers.
  • Repair window and door screens to keep mosquitoes out of the home.
  • Avoid outdoor exposure between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, but keep in mind some mosquito species are daytime biters.
  • When outdoors, wear long sleeves and long pants to prevent mosquito bites.
  • When outdoors wear a mosquito repellant containing DEET (follow label instructions, especially for use on children). All strengths of DEET will repel mosquitoes, but higher concentrations will last longer.
  • Report dead birds or problems with standing water by calling Yavapai County Community Health Services at (928)771-3149.

Brian Supalla says, “Each year we find mosquito problems on private property — neglected swimming pools, old boats full of water, horse troughs, forgotten buckets. Anywhere water stands more than three days can be a breeding site. Even the lid of a jar.” While no community can eliminate mosquitoes, Supalla says it can be controlled when people work together. “We need every neighborhood involved. We hope to see folks pulling together to help those who aren’t able to mosquito-proof their property”.

 

For more information about this event or any of the Yavapai County Community Health Services, please contact David McAtee at 928-442-5509 or email David.McAtee@co.yavapai.az.us. www.YavapaiHealth.com

 

 

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July 18, 2014

City of Sedona

 

Water Quality Issues in Oak Creek

 

Runoff from Slide Fire Burn Causes Water Quality Issues

 

Debris flowing into Oak Creek from the Slide Fire burn area caused water quality issues within the creek.

The Coconino County Public Health Services District warns that water contamination is likely to flooding events within Oak Creek Canyon and the creek. Health officials recommend residents and visitors - especially children and pets - not to drink untreated creek water or swim in the creek as bacteria may be present.

Residents with concerns regarding water quality and well water questions are advised to visit the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality website.

As a reminder, flash floods can occur after a few minutes or hours of heavy rainfall.

Flash floods often have a dangerous wall of moving water carrying rocks, mud and other debris. Heavy rainfall could trigger flash floods, rockslides and debris flows within and downstream of the Slide Fire scar area. Please use caution.

Get away from the water and, if possible, head toward state highway 89A or get to high ground east of Oak Creek during flood events.

More information is available here.

 

 

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July 18, 2014

Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments

 

Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments = Visitors, Money, and Jobs for Local Economy

 

Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments, Camp Verde, AZ – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 474,837 visitors in 2013 spent $26,173,000 at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments and in communities near the monuments. That spending supported 366 jobs in the local area.

“Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments are proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world,” said park superintendent Dorothy FireCloud. “We are delighted to interpret and share the legacy of the Sinagua culture and to use the monuments as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy – returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service – and it’s a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.”

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and Lynne Koontz for the National Park Service. The report shows $14.6 billion of direct spending by 273.6 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported more than 237,000 jobs nationally, with 197,000 jobs found in these gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $26.5 billion.

According to the 2013 economic analysis, most visitor spending was for lodging (30.3 percent) followed by food and beverages (27.3 percent), gas and oil (12.1 percent), admissions and fees (10.3 percent) and souvenirs and other expenses (10 percent).

The largest jobs categories supported by visitor spending were restaurants and bars (50,000 jobs) and lodging (38,000 jobs).

To download the report, visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm. The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.

To learn more about national parks in Arizona and how the National Park Service works with Arizona communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to www.nps.gov/arizona.

 

 

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July 17, 2014

SoFA Staff

 

National Day of the Cowboy Celebration

 

Sedona’s 10th Annual National Day of the Cowboy Celebration will be held on Saturday,  July 26th, in the Main Street District of Sedona. 

Come enjoy “a whole lot of cowboy goin’s on”! See live performances of gunfights, roping, bullwhip cracking, storytelling and historical re-enactments. Listen or dance to country music. Watch cowboys and girls strut their stuff throughout town, and see western art. 

This free event is presented by Sedona Main Street Program with the “Red Rock Posse” and area businesses.

 

 

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July 17, 2014

ADOT

 

ADOT supports efforts to fight wildfires

 

Agency utilizes prevention practices before, during wildfire season

 

Among the different agencies and organizations involved in fighting wildfires, the Arizona Department of Transportation may not come to mind. However, ADOT is active in helping to prevent wildfires both before and during wildfire season.

During the winter and spring seasons, ADOT crews mow down vegetation along the highway shoulders. Crews also engage in brush removal, thinning trees and spraying fire retardant within the ADOT right-of-way in order to prevent a fire or slow the spread of one.

ADOT also requires fire plans as a part of the construction contract for highway projects. Fire plans indicate what measures will be taken to prevent a fire starting in the work zone and what to do if a fire flares up. Employees also engage in training to work in a way that prevents wildfires.

“Combating the threat of wildfires is a team effort,” said Flagstaff District Engineer Audra Merrick. “We make sure we work in ways to help prevent wildfires along the highway system.”

During a wildfire, ADOT supports firefighting efforts by offering the use of ADOT maintenance crew water trucks to help supply water to firefighters. ADOT also manages traffic control along highways affected by wildfires, and notifies the motorists through overhead and portable message boards. Alerts are also posted on the Traveler Information System at az511.gov.

ADOT crews also work with the wildfire incident command team to assist it in meeting its goals.

“We are happy to offer aid to those fighting wildfires,” Merrick said. “From providing water to helping emergency responders get in and around the affected area, ADOT will offer assistance in any way we can.”

After a wildfire has been extinguished, ADOT crews assess any damage done to the highway as well as adjacent areas. As seen recently in Oak Creek Canyon with the aftermath of the Slide Fire, crews help curb flooding hazards by staging heavy equipment such as road graders and repair roadway embankments along burned out slopes within ADOT’s right of way in an effort to restore vegetation.

ADOT crews also place erosion control features such as logs, rock dams and “wattles” – straw-filled canvas tubes that help keep the soil and debris off highways – along the right of way in preparation for potential flooding.

 

 

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July 16, 2014

SoFA Staff

 

Che-Ah-Chi Restaurant Earns AAA Four Diamond Award

 

Che-Ah-Chi restaurant at Enchantment Resort in Sedona has earned AAA's prestigious Four Diamond award.

Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort in Flagstaff and Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino in Laveen have also earned this presigious rating.

“These properties have exceeded the expectations of the most discriminating traveler – the AAA inspector,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs director for AAA Arizona who oversees the program in Arizona. “Earning the Four Diamond award is one of the highest accolades in the travel industry.”

Che-Ah-Chi is Sedona’s second Four Diamond restaurant. L'Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek is the only other restaurant to earn this AAA honor in Sedona.

AAA has been inspecting and approving lodgings for more than 75 years. The Diamond Rating system is the only system that covers the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. It is also one of only two that conducts physical, on-site evaluations by anonymous inspectors. On average, AAA inspectors evaluate nearly 900 hotels and restaurants per year in Arizona. This contributes to the evaluation of more than 58,000 establishments annually nationwide.

 

 

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July 15, 2014

City of Sedona

 

5K Summer Run on July 31

 

Be a part of the 5K Summer Series hosted by Sedona Parks and Recreation and the Sedona Running Company. This is the final one of the summer series and it takes place on Thursday, July 31, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

These quick-paced runs through the park are sure to be popular amongst those of you in the running community. Sedona is a beautiful location to be outdoors, and this series will take you up and down dirt and paved trails through scenic Posse Grounds Park.

You may register ahead of time at Sedona Running Company or arrive early the day of the race. On-site registration and the race will begin and end at the Sedona Community Pool, located at 570 Posse Ground Road behind West Sedona School. Run fast, run hard, and then enjoy a cool dip in the pool to celebrate your finish!

All ages are welcome, but children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The race is $10 per person. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation at (928) 282-7098 or visit our website at www.SedonaAZ.gov/Parks.

 

 

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July 14, 2014

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office

 

Jail Escapee Now a Fugitive - $5000 Reward Offered

 

 

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July 13, 2014

City of Cottonwood

 

Business Assistance Center (BAC) July 2014 Training Opportunities

 

Check out our new list of workshops for July, many at no charge! Here is what the BAC and our partners are offering this month:

Read more

 

 

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July 12, 2014

City of Sedona

 

City of Sedona Parks & Recreation Office Now at Posse Ground Park

 

As of Monday, July 14, 2014, the City of Sedona Parks & Recreation department’s office can be found at 525 Posse Grounds Road. This new location, formerly the Public Works Maintenance building, is conveniently close to the tennis courts and amenities at Posse Ground Park.

The department hopes this will be an easy transition for patrons needing to speak with staff. Office hours will remain the same on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parks and Recreation Manager Rachel Murdoch states, “Stop by and see us! New location but same great staff you have come to know.”

The Parks & Recreation Department can be reached at 928-282-7098 and information about the parks and upcoming events is available at www.Sedona.AZ.gov/parks.

 

 

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July 10, 2014

Coconino County Sheriff’s Office

 

State Route 89A and Oak Creek Canyon Businesses are Open

 

Oak Creek Canyon, AZ; Even though the Slide Fire has been extinguished, there remains a threat of flash floods, mudslides and rock slides in Oak Creek Canyon. On three occasions recently, the Arizona Department of Transportation temporarily closed portions of State Route 89A between Sedona and Flagstaff due to flooding and debris flow. With the exception of weather driven closures, State Route 89A remains open. Even though Forest Service campgrounds and forest service recreation areas in Oak Creek Canyon are closed, all of the businesses are open.

Public safety agencies are trying to reduce the negative impact of road closures on residents and businesses by limiting closures. There will be times that the road closes for public safety and motorist safety reasons. Once the highway is closed responding agencies work together to reopen the highway as soon as possible. Life Safety is of paramount importance to agencies responding to the area

Debris flow caused by storm water runoff in Oak Creek has resulted in grey murky water creating questions regarding water quality in Oak Creek. According to the Coconino County Public Health Services District, water contamination is likely following flooding events. Health officials recommend that residents and visitors, especially children and pets, not drink untreated creek water or swim in the creek water as bacteria may be present.

Residents with concerns regarding water quality and well water questions are advised to visit the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality website at http://www.azdeq.gov/environ/water/dw/download/wildfires.pdf.

As a reminder, flash floods can occur after a few minutes or hours of heavy rainfall. Flash floods often have a dangerous wall of moving water carrying rocks, mud and other debris. Heavy rainfall could trigger flash floods, rockslides and debris flows within and downstream of the Slide Fire scar area. Please use caution. Move away from the water and if possible head toward State Route 89A or get to high ground east of Oak Creek during flood events.

More information is available at http://coconino.az.gov/index.aspx?nid=1283.

 

 

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July 9, 2014

City of Sedona

 

Livin’ the Luau at Sedona Community Pool on July 26

 

The City of Sedona offers another great community event that will bring people together for both fun and exercise. The Sedona Parks and Recreation Department has added Livin’ the Luau to their lineup of summer pool events. It takes place on Saturday, July 26 and tickets are only $5. This event begins at 9 a.m. but arrive early to purchase your ticket or register ahead of time at the Sedona Community Pool.

Whether you are an avid water aerobics enthusiast or a first time participant, this event will introduce you to this activity in a fun environment. It includes themed music, goodie bags at the door, challenges and prizes. After the hour-long water aerobics class, participants can enjoy fruit, cheese, lemonade, ice tea, and of course, camaraderie.

Our knowledgeable and energetic instructor Jean Marie Nixon will be teaching the class and leading participants through creative challenges to help them earn prizes. Let this be your excuse to try water aerobics.

The Sedona Community Pool is located at 570 Posse Ground Road behind West Sedona School. For more information on pool happenings, please visit www.SedonaAZ.gov/Parks or contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 928-282-7098.

 

 

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July 8, 2014

ADOT

 

ADOT Ready to Address post-Slide Fire Flood Issues on SR 89A

 

Motorists urged to be alert for changing weather conditions in Oak Creek Canyon during monsoon season

 

The Slide Fire has been extinguished, but the threat of flash floods, mudslides and rock slides is real in the Oak Creek Canyon area. Just in the last week, the Arizona Department of Transportation has been forced to temporarily close a portion of State Route 89A between Sedona and Flagstaff on three occasions due to flooding and debris flowing along the burn area near the highway.

Large-scale wildfires can dramatically alter the vegetation and soil conditions, which increase the risk of flooding from monsoon rains through the burn and downstream areas. Fire debris, mud and silt clog streambeds and drainage culverts, thereby increasing the likelihood of flood damage.

Following the wildfires within Coconino National Forest, ADOT has been preparing to combat potential flooding issues along SR 89A north of Sedona. While ADOT has no plans to close SR 89A for the entirety of the monsoon season, there is the possibility that the highway could be closed periodically due to flash floods and other risks, particularly during heavy rains.

In an effort to minimize the impact of post-Slide Fire risks, ADOT has initiated several flood-damage mitigation measures recently, including staging heavy equipment, including road graders, in the Oak Creek Canyon area and positioning staff in the canyon during adverse weather conditions.

Before, during and after the most recent monsoon storms during the Fourth of July weekend, ADOT crews have been clearing accumulated debris from drainage culverts and roadside ditches. Additional post-fire maintenance includes repairing roadway embankments along burned out slopes within ADOT’s right of way in an effort to restore the vegetation.

Maintenance crews have also replaced burnt erosion control features such as logs, rock dams and “wattles,” which are straw-filled canvas tubes that help keep the soil and debris off highways, in preparation for potential floods.

ADOT, which is responsible for maintaining areas within the highway right of way, is working in coordination with the other governmental jurisdictions, agencies and private property owners whose responsibility includes restoration and flood-prevention work on the damaged watershed.

When the National Weather Service forecasts potential thunderstorms in the canyon, ADOT works closely with the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, Sedona Fire and Police Department, U.S. Forest Service, and the Arizona Department of Public Safety to set up informational checkpoints along SR 89A near Slide Rock State Park and Vista Point overlook to warn motorists about the potential flood risks and distribute flood hazard safety pamphlets. More than 4,500 pamphlets were distributed during the Fourth of July weekend.

“ADOT is partnering with DPS, U.S. Forest Service, Coconino County, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, city of Sedona, Sedona Fire Department, Sedona Police Department, and Yavapai County to ensure the safety of the traveling public in the Oak Creek Canyon area,” said Flagstaff District Engineer Audra Merrick, and reminds travelers, “Oak Creek Canyon is a beautiful place to visit, particularly in the summer, but drivers need to use caution and be prepared for what could happen. Drivers need to be alert for changing weather conditions, be tuned to weather reports and be aware of the risks, which could include flowing debris, flash floods, mudslides and rockslides.”

ADOT is warning motorists traveling between Sedona and Flagstaff to be aware that changing weather conditions could create hazardous driving conditions in matter of minutes. Every motorist should be aware of the following monsoon safety driving tips:

-Don’t risk crossing a flooded wash, even if it doesn’t look deep. Water is a powerful force that should not be underestimated.
-Do not drive around “Road Closed” signs. You risk your life and face being cited under the state’s “Stupid Motorist” law.
-If traffic lights are out, treat an intersection just like a four-way stop.
-Expect the unexpected. Have extra supplies, including an emergency kit and drinking water, in case you experience an extended highway closure.
-Storm runoff can loosen boulders and rocks on slopes above highways. Stay alert in rockfall-prone areas.

Additional information on post-wildfire recovery and mitigation can be obtained through the Arizona Division of Emergency Management at www.azein.gov.

For the most current information about highway closures and restrictions statewide, visit ADOT’s Travel Information Site at az511.gov , follow us on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 5-1-1.

 

 

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July 8, 2014

City of Sedona

 

Selective Enforcement Patrols within Sedona City Limits

 

The Sedona Police Department, in partnership with the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), will be conducting a 90 day Selective Enforcement Patrols (STEP) within the city limits of Sedona. STEP is focused on a variety of safety-related moving violations and traffic offenses. The goal of the selective enforcement is not only to locate violators of traffic laws, but to also increase public awareness about motorists of traffic laws and to reduce and prevent vehicle accidents and fatalities. For more information, please contact Sedona Police Department, Lieutenant Lucas Wilcoxson at (928) 282-3100.

 

 

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July 5, 2014

Town of Clarkdale

 

Clarkdale Initiates Demand Reduction Strategy II Water Alert

 

 

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July 2, 2014

Verde Valley Medical Center

 

Verde Valley Medical Center News

 

Living wage implemented at Northern Arizona Healthcare; no rate increases for consumers

Northern Arizona Healthcare once again named top performing healthcare system in U.S., as reported by Modern Healthcare

Cardiologist Kenneth Bescak, M.D.: ‘The Truth About What Your Cholesterol Numbers Really Mean’ – July 16

Take Note Sedona: ‘Arthritis and Knee Pain’ – July 10

5th annual Chicks With Sticks golf tournament raises $40,000

 

 

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July 2, 2014

City of Sedona

 

Parks and Recreation E-Newsletter

 

July Events

4th of July Concert and Laser Show: July 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Sedona Red Rock High School. This free event, brought to you by Diamond Resorts International, has a live concert, food for sale, and a laser show at dark. New this year, KidsLIFE Wet-n-Wild Play Area!!!” A SAFE area for children Birth - 6th Grade (moms & dads, plan on hanging out with those toddlers!), featuring Wet-n-Wild slides, activities, & FUN! Bring a blanket and flashlight, but leave your dogs at home please. More information.

Wet Wednesday: Every Wednesday in July at Sunset Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kids can enjoy sliding on the 31 foot slip-n-slide or playing in the brand new Splash Park. This free event is a great time to enjoy the sunshine. Pack a picnic and relax. More information.

Dog’s Day Out in the Park: July 19 from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Posse Grounds Park Multiuse Field. This event is free for those interested in playing with their dogs on the beautiful grass field. Let us help you pamper your pooch with fun doggy stations. There will be dog nail trimming, dog baths, discounted vaccinations and free dog licensing (with proof of rabies vaccination). There will be an “Off Leash” fenced in area with a kiddie pool for the dogs to play in as well. Support dog friendly events! More information.

SuddenLink Flick & Float Movie: July 26 at 7 p.m. enjoy a movie at the pool for only $2 per person. Bring your own raft and enjoy dinner, playing in the pool and a movie at dark (around 7:45 p.m.). The movie will be Zookeeper. More information.

5K Summer Series: 3 months, 3 races and great views. The last race is July 31 at 6 p.m. These races take you on both dirt and paved trails around Posse Grounds Park. All ages welcome. More information.
Lifeguard Training Course- Register now for this two weekend class beginning July 25. Staff needed to help operate the pool during the fall and spring. More information.

 

 

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July 1, 2014

City of Sedona

 

Important Update on Oak Creek Canyon Closures

 

Due to isolated thunderstorms in different areas near Oak Creek Canyon, the Red Rock Ranger District is in the progress of closing some recreation sites and developed campgrounds earlier than Thursday, July 3.

This includes sites such as Grasshopper Point, Manzanita Campground, Encinoso Picnic Site and Midgley Bridge (but could include others depending on how the weather develops).

Please call the hotline (928-203-7505) for updates on the status of Oak Creek Canyon.

 

 

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July 1, 2014

Coconino National Forest

 

National Forest land in Oak Creek Canyon to close

 

Sedona, Ariz. – The Coconino National Forest has expanded the Slide Fire emergency closure area to include all National Forest land within Oak Creek Canyon beginning Thursday (July 3).

The closure is being implemented for public safety due to the risks associated with flooding from monsoon, debris flow and the limited ability to quickly inform and evacuate people along Oak Creek if a flood event were to occur.

The closure boundary expansion will include all National Forest land within Oak Creek Canyon from the northern switchbacks to an area near the southern Huckaby trailhead at Schnebly Hill Road. All developed recreation sites and vehicle pullouts along State Route 89A will be closed.  To view the official Closure Order and a map of the entire closure area, visit http://tinyurl.com/nmwp8co.

The closure only affects National Forest land, roads, and trails within the closure area on the Coconino National Forest.  The closure does not affect any private, state, county, or other non-National Forest lands or roads within the closure boundary. 

Additionally, the public water Sterling Springs standpipe in Oak Creek Canyon has been shut off to protect the water system from potential contamination, silt and debris during flooding.

The following information sources have been established for the public to obtain information about the status of Oak Creek Canyon and preparing for possible monsoon flooding in the canyon:

 

For visitors looking who had plans to visit Oak Creek Canyon during this time of the year, alternatives to recreating at Oak Creek Canyon can be found online at http://tinyurl.com/n2lfxto.

 

 

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June 29, 2014

Bureau of Reclamation

 

Bureau of Reclamation seeks public comments on proposed Native Fish Restoration Project in central Arizona

 

 

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June 27, 2014

EPA

 

EPA Finalizes Pollution Controls at Six Arizona Facilities

 

Includes the Phoenix Cement Clarkdale Plant

 

SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing more stringent emission limits at six facilities in Arizona to improve visibility at 17 national parks and wilderness areas. 

EPA is finalizing a federal plan to limit emissions such as nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxides at several facilities, including the TEP Sundt Power Plant in Tucson, the Lhoist North America Nelson Lime Plant in Peach Springs, the ASARCO Hayden Smelter, the Freeport-McMoRan Miami Smelter, the Phoenix Cement Clarkdale Plant and the CalPortland Cement Rillito Plant. As a part of this process, EPA also evaluated other sources but is not requiring any additional controls at this time.

For more information, including a map, and fact sheet go to: www.epa.gov/region9/air/actions/az.html

 

 

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June 21, 2014

The Republic

 

Unprecedented forest land closures worry some Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona businesses

 

SEDONA, Arizona — As the impending summer closure of tens of thousands of acres of national forest looms, northern Arizona business owners are hoping to still attract visitors.

The U.S. Forest Service announced this week that all public recreation areas and national forest lands in Oak Creek Canyon, north of Sedona, will close July 7, the Arizona Daily Sun reported (http://bit.ly/Us1sNa).

According to the National Weather Service office in Flagstaff, that is when monsoon season is expected to begin across northern Arizona.

Read more

 

 

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June 19, 2014

National Weaqther Service

 

Slide Fire Debris Flow Hazard Assessment

 

 

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June 18, 2014

Town of Camp Verde

 

Proposed Changes/Increases to Town Fees & Taxes

 

On August 20th, 2014 there will be a public hearing to collect input from the public in regards to proposed changes and increases in 1) the Town fees schedule for FY14, 2) removal of food purchase exemptions under the retail sales tax code (food tax) and 3) increasing the use tax from 2% to 3%. The matter will go before council immediately after for consideration and possible approval of all three measures. (posted June 16th, 2014)

 

 

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June 10, 2014

City of Sedona

 

Sign Up Now for Emergency Alerts

 

The City of Sedona encourages you to be prepared and sign up now to receive alerts from the City and Coconino or Yavapai County, depending on which county you live in. To sign up, please click on the red link “Sign Up For Emergency Alerts” located on the homepage at www.SedonaAZ.gov. It is important to sign up for both the City and a county, as there may be emergency notifications sent by the City that are not a county issue and vice versa.

The City of Sedona utilizes Sedona Citizens Connect, a free smartphone application that supports the Reverse 311 push notifications and notifies the community of emergency situations or critical alerts. For example, Sedona Citizens Connect was utilized during the Slide Fire incident. In the future, it can be used for urgent updates such as flooding, road closures, and emergency community meetings. In addition, it allows Sedona residents to help improve their neighborhoods and the City by reporting non-emergency civic issues, such as potholes, abandoned vehicles, and loose animals.

Coconino and Yavapai Counties utilize CodeRED as their Emergency Notification System. CodeRED is a free service that alerts residents and businesses about time-sensitive general and emergency situations that are either imminent or occurring in their communities. Both counties are using the service to keep residents informed about emergencies, including flooding, severe weather, or wildfires.

In addition, those signing up for CodeRED notifications can receive them through land-line and cell phones, text messages and/or e-mails. CodeRED allows geographically based delivery, which requires a street address to ensure that information is delivered to the proper individuals in a given situation.

For more information, please contact the City Manager’s office at 204-7127.

 

 

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June 2, 2014

City of Sedona

 

Important Information: From Fire to Flooding – Post-Wildland Fire Awareness

 

Wildfires greatly increase the risk of flooding. To read this important information on the National Flood Insurance Program, please view this brochure or visit www.floodsmart.gov.

 

 

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June 1, 2014

Arizona Daily Sun

 

Public returns to upper Oak Creek Canyon

 

 

Now that the Slide fire is mostly contained, access has been reopened to a large part of Oak Creek Canyon.

According to information from Coconino County, access from the south to the northern end of the canyon was opened at 6 p.m. Friday. Recreation sites below Slide Rock State Park are now open. Recreation sites above Slide Rock State Park will remain closed. The Oak Creek Canyon Vista Overlook is open, but it can only be reached from Flagstaff.

Read more

 

 

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May 23, 2014

Sedona Chamber of Commerce

 

Sedona is Open for Business    

 

 

With the Slide Fire burning in Oak Creek Canyon heading into Memorial Day Weekend, the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau urges those with travel plans to proceed with their plans but to remain diligent about staying informed about fire conditions. To see current air quality conditions in Sedona, visit our live streaming webcam at  

visitsedona.com

 

Jennifer Wesselhoff, President/CEO of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau, reminds travelers that Sedona and Flagstaff are open for business. "Sedona is open for business and we can assure you that the fire shouldn't have many impacts your stay," says Wesselhoff.   

 

While Oak Creek Canyon from Sedona to Fort Tuthill in Flagstaff is closed, all other streets and highways are open. The USFS has closed some trails and trail roads, but more than 200 miles of trails are still open for visitors to explore and enjoy. Visitors planning on traveling between Sedona and Flagstaff, or going to the Grand Canyon, can still do so by using State Route 179 (an All American Road and Scenic Byway) and Interstate 17.

 

"We understand the serious nature of this fire and our primary concern is for the citizens and businesses impacted by the fires. We extend our best wishes to those impacted and we offer our gratitude to the firefighters and public safety officials working to keep everyone safe," says Wesselhoff. 

 

For information about air quality, upcoming reservations, general visitor information or to view

the live streaming Sedona web cam, visit VisitSedona.com.   

 

The following resources are available for travelers to stay up-to-date on the latest conditions and closures:

inciweb fire updates
facebook.com/slidefireinfo Facebook
az511.gov  ADOT highway conditions
Media inquiries: 623-252-1782
ADOT highway conditions: 5-1-1
General Fire Information 928-679-4173
Visitor information 800-288-7336

Sedona is ready and open to welcome visitors. Hundreds of miles of trails, and dozens of tour companies, hoteliers, galleries, and restaurants await your arrival! Please go to visitsedona.com.

 

 

 

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