eNews 5/6/2021

Dear Neighbors
For the past week or so we have experienced a “bonanza” of prescribed burns. We have had striking views of the Peaks, Upper Beaver Creek and Mint East of Mormon Lake fires. These were planned. Please be prepared for any unexpected fires by having your bugout list and bags prepared. Right now 58% of Arizona is under exceptional drought conditions.
On a more pleasant note, our late spring/early summer weather is beautiful in the mornings and evenings and nice in the shade at other times. Good weather in which to relax and appreciate nature.
This Saturday has two important events for us, the Saturday Drive-thru Food Bank at Beaver Creek School and the Dump the Drugs opportunity is back at the Adult Center. The details are below.

. . . . . the calendar crew
Saturday, 5/8–Free Drive-thru Food Boxes are available at Beaver Creek School from 7:45 to 9 AM. Food is always available the second Saturday of each month for distribution to anyone in zip code 86335. Again, this month food boxes will be loaded in your vehicle when driven by the cafetorium at the front of the school. You are welcome to pick up for others. but must bring a handwritten note from them.
Saturday, 5/8—Dump the Drugs is back at the Beaver Creek Adult Center from 10 AM to Noon.  This event gives an opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted prescription or over-the-counter medication (including ones for pets).  Please drop medications off at the Beaver Creek Adult Center (near Attitudez on Maines), 4250 E. Zuni Way in Lake Montezuma. The event is sponsored by the BC Community Action Team, YC Sheriff’s Office and MATFORCE. Jeannette Estes is our local contact at 928-567-5421 for more information. (See flyer below)

Fire Ban as of 8/10/2020

Dear Neighbors

As of Monday, August 10, Yavapai County has re-instituted a county wide outdoor fire ban.  Copper Canyon Fire & Medical District had already extended our local Fire Restrictions (issued in May) past August 1. So, no change in Beaver Creek, but the fire ban now includes everywhere in the county.  Please read both press releases below and share the information.

  
Wishing for the monsoon,
. . . . the calendar crew

For Immediate Release Monday, August 10, 2020

Yavapai County Re-Institutes County Wide Fire Ban

Effective Immediately

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig L. Brown has re-instituted the County Wide Fire Ban effective at 10:00am on Monday, August 10, 2020.
The County Wide Fire Ban has been re-instituted after the Yavapai County Emergency Management Officer, Ron Sauntman, determined that a fire emergency exists in Yavapai County.

This determination is based upon the likely re-implementation of fire restrictions by the Prescott National Forest and the Coconino National Forest, effective on or about August 12th – 14th, 2020. Fire Managers have determined that key criteria will be reached or near enough to warrant taking these restrictive actions. These include lack of moisture this time of year, escalating fire weather conditions, the potential commitment of firefighting resources across the region/nation, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which may strain resources, and increased forest visitor use.

Neighboring jurisdictions and agencies with wildland fire responsibility are discussing reentering into 2020 fire restrictions as part of continued collaboration in community and resource protection. We work closely with our partners to support our shared interest in fire prevention and reducing the risk of hu man-caused wildfires across the landscape. Such decisions and timing to implement fire restrictions is made after frequent communication with neighboring National Forests; Bureau of Land Management and other Federal Land Agencies; Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management; and our local fire departments.

This determination includes the following Fire Ban Zones: Northern, Central, Eastern, and Southern Zones of Yavapai County, which include the following cities and towns; Prescott, Prescott Valley, Dewy Humboldt, Mayer, Cordes Junction, Black Canyon City, Congress, North Wickenburg, Peoples Valley, Yarnell, Wilhoit, Cottonwood, Sedona, Camp Verde, and unincorporated areas herein.

Section V of Ordinance 2012-1 provides that “If it appears that a delay in imposition of restrictions would pose a threat to the public health and safety, the Emergency Management Officer may request that the Chairman of the Board, upon receipt of the Notice, immediately Contact Information: David McAtee, Public Information Officer – (928) 442-5509 Yavapai County Our Mission: “Yavapai County will serve and protect its citizens through efficient management of all its resources to enhance the lives of those we serve.” 1015 Fair St. Prescott AZ 86305 – 928-442-5509 – 928-420-2017 (cell) — Fax 928-771-3257 impose the restrictions.”

Given the nature of the ambient conditions and the importance of a coordinated approach to implementation of a fire ban, I am, therefore, requesting that you act in concert to enact an Outdoor Fire Prohibition within the Fire Ban Zones indicated.

The fire ban will commence on the effective time and date indicated above and is to be ratified as an emergency measure by the Board of Supervisors at its next normally-scheduled meeting.

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Red Flag Warning 6/29/2020

Dear Neighbors
We are under Red Flag Warning until 8 PM this evening.  Please be especially cautious and careful not to start a fire.
In addition to the National Weather Service warning, area resident Michael Schmitz has shared some words of experience with fire evacuations.  Also there is some good information about preparation on the emergency cards that you either already have or can get in the Rimrock Post Office.  Both sides of the cards are also printed in the Beaver Creek Business Directory which BCCA mailed to every resident last year.
And don’t forget to carry water in your vehicles.  There can be long waits on our highways.
Prepared for the worst, but still enjoying the day,
. . . . . the calendar crew  
Red Flag Warning
 
URGENT – FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Flagstaff AZ
309 AM MST Mon Jun 29 2020
…RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM MST THIS EVENING
FOR MOST OF NORTHERN ARIZONA…
* AFFECTED AREA…Locations near Alpine, Buffalo Pass, Camp
Verde, Chinle, Chino Valley, Congress, Cottonwood, Dilkon,
Doney Park, Eagar-Springerville, Flagstaff, Forest Lakes,
Fredonia, Ganado, Grand Canyon, Heber-Overgaard, Holbrook,
Jacob Lake, Kayenta, Kykotsmovi, North Rim, Page, Paulden,
Payson, Pine- Strawberry, Pinetop-Lakeside, Prescott, Prescott
Valley, Saint Johns, Sedona, Seligman, Shonto, Show Low,
Snowflake-Taylor, Tuba City, Valle, Whiteriver, Williams,
Window Rock and Winslow. This includes portions of the Apache-
Sitgreaves National Forest, Coconino National Forest, Kaibab
National Forest, Prescott National Forest and Tonto National
Forest.
* WINDS…Southwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.
* RELATIVE HUMIDITY…As low as 14 percent.
* IMPACTS…Rapid spread of fire due to strong winds.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…
A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring or are imminent. A combination of strong winds and low relative humidities can contribute to extreme fire behavior.
Be Prepared for Fire Evacuation
Report from Michael Schmitz, resident and Beaver Creek Trails Coalition Board Director
As a veteran of three evacuations in the brushy foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, may I suggest that in addition to creating a list of what to take, evacuees should also take plenty of photos of personal property they are forced to leave behind. It may help in case of claims for total loss of their homes or theft by looters, the despicable scourge of homes that survive wildland fires.  People should also keep their vehicles fueled up with at least a half tank during the fire season. People don’t realize that the power companies cut the power in wildfire events and most gas stations don’t keep generators on hand ready to run the pumps. A few hundred dollars in cash ($20s) can also be very handy when credit card processing machines are down.
Fortunately I never had to file a claim for loss of structures but have filed claims for loss of trees, fences, and damages caused by the firefighting efforts.
Be ready for fire. If you give the firefighters the defensible space they need to defend your home, they’ll give it their best shot.
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