Apache County Fire Restrictions

Apache County Enters Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

Due to extremely high fire risk, effective May 23, 2014 at 8:00 a.m., all unincorporated areas of Apache County will be placed under Stage 2 fire restrictions. Under Stage 2 restrictions, the following prohibitions and exemptions apply:

  • Prohibitions:
    The following acts are prohibited until further notice:
    1. Building maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove, including fires in developed campgrounds or improved sites.
    2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
    3. Outdoor Mechanical and Industrial Prohibitions
    a. Operating any internal combustion engine in the course of mechanical or industrial operations that would produce open flames or sparks.
    b. Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
    c. Using an explosive.
    4. Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails.
    1. Use of any and all fireworks.
    2. Use of explosive targets.
    3. Use of tracer round ammunition.

Exemptions:
1. Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.

2. Industrial operations where specific operations and exemptions are identified and mitigation measures are implemented as outlined in an agency plan.

3. Persons operating internal combustion engines with spark arrestors such as lawnmowers and landscaping equipment in maintained landscaped space.

4. Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame in an enclosed or developed area designated for that purpose that is equipped with appropriate fire protection.

5. Persons using a device fueled solely 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 3 feet of the device.

6. Operating generators with an approved spark arresting device within an enclosed vehicle or building or in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the generator.

7. Operating motorized vehicles on designated roads and trails so long as you park in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway.

8. Emergency repair of public utilities and railroads and mitigation measures are implemented as outlined in an agency plan.

9. Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.

10. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

11. All land within a city boundary is exempted unless otherwise stated by city ordinance.

An exemption does not absolve an individual or organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started by the exempted activity.

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Stage II Fire Restrictions

Stage II Fire Restrictions coming this Friday May 23rd

This coming Friday, May 23,2014, at 8:00 am, both Apache and Navajo counties will enter into Stage 2 fire restrictions. This means no campfires, charcoal, coal, or wood stoves including fires in developed campgrounds or improved sites. Smoking only allowed within a vehicle or building. Other prohibited acts: operating any internal combustion engine, welding, operating motorized vehicles off designated roads/trails. Use of any and all fireworks, tracer bullets and/or explosive targets are prohibited.

Devices that use LPG fuels and have an on and off switch can be used but only in a cleared and designated area.

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Become a wilderness steward

The White Mountain Conservation League (WMCL) is very pleased to invite our members to become official Wilderness Stewards for wilderness areas on the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest. This opportunity is available through our special partnership with the Arizona Wilderness Coalition which developed and manages this statewide program. Stewards will participate in a one day training and then will serve as volunteers of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. The duties can vary but for the most part the Stewards serve as the eyes of the US Forest Service – observing and reporting on wilderness conditions including recreational impacts, visitor use, trail conditions, presence of non-native plants, etc. The minimum time commitment is for the Stewards to spend two days per year visiting their chosen Wilderness Area(s) although most Stewards are more active. Please read more (below) about this fun and exciting program, and we hope you can join us at the training on May 16!

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Friday, May 16, 2014
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Alpine Ranger Station, Alpine Arizona

Directions will be provided in your registration packet.

Additional details will be provided soon!

The Wild Stew program is a statewide program developed by the Arizona Wilderness Coalition (AWC).  Wild Stew represents more than just our AWC-led field events, we also have a cadre of trained individuals who serve as Wilderness Stewards on their own time.

Individual Stewards receive training on wilderness philosophy and history, federal wilderness management policy, field monitoring protocols and techniques, first aid, backcountry travel preparedness, and more. This one-day training prepares you to collect field data while you are exploring one of Arizona’s 90 wilderness areas.

We request your commitment to monitor wilderness conditions twice per year, either in different locations or at an adopted area. Simply observe and report, all while enjoying the outdoors.

Please note: Normally you must attend at least one (1) AWC-led Wild Stew field event prior to applying for the Individual Steward Training.   However, the required attendance of  at least one (1) AWC-led Wild Stew field event prior to applying for the Individual Steward Training will be waived for WMCL members due to the ongoing partnership with AWC.

Sign up for the May 16th training at:

http://www.meetup.com/Arizona-Wilderness-Stewards/

Be sure to identify yourself as a WMCL member. Thank you! Not a member?  No problem.  Join by subscribing to our newsletter on the upper right of this page.

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More and Bigger Wildfires

More, bigger wildfires burning western US over last 30 years

Date:
April 17, 2014
Source:
American Geophysical Union
Summary:
Wildfires across the western United States have been getting bigger and more frequent over the last 30 years. The total area these fires burned increased at a rate of nearly 90,000 acres a year — an area the size of Las Vegas, according to the study. Individually, the largest wildfires grew at a rate of 350 acres a year, the new research says.

Read more…

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Wildfire Preparedness Meeting

Wildfire Information and Preparedness Meeting for Apache County Residents April 29

Release Date: Apr 18, 2014

Contact(s): Liza Simmons 928-333-4301

 

Springerville, AZ; April 11, 2014Local fire departments, the U.S Forest Service, Emergency Preparedness, Public Health, ADEQ and managers of the Hazardous Fuels Reduction Grant Program will present wildfire information and preparedness at the Eagar Town Hall on April 29, 2014 at 6 pm.

The main focus of the evening is the new Ready, Set, Go program, a tool to educate individuals on preparedness, situational awareness and safety. Developed as a three step process through a nation-wide discussion about how to protect homes and lives in the Wildland-Urban Interface, the Ready Set Go program helps increase your knowledge and ability to act safely during an emergency situation.

Other topics to be discussed include expected spring and summer weather conditions, fire season, fire restrictions, red flag warnings, and the Northeastern Arizona Public Information System. Managers of the Hazardous Fuels Reduction Grants Program will be discussing the benefits of the program and how to get signed up.

For current fire information, restrictions and red flag warnings visit www.311info.net, www.noaa.gov, www.fs.usda.gov/asnf and www.firerestrictions.us. You can also dial 311 or (928) 333-3412.

Follow the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests on Twitter (@A_SNFs) for instant updates on fire restrictions, red flag warnings, prescribed fire and wildland fire.

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National Trails Day

Walk for the Woods in Pinetop-Lakeside will be held on National Trails Day, June 7.  It’s a  benefit for the White Mountain Nature Center and for Save Our Park, both non-profits.  It will be held at the Nature Center off of Woodland Road and registration for the walks begins at 7:30 am.  At 8:00 there is a walk to Woodland Lake, at 8:30 a walk to Walnut Creek, and at 9:00 a short nature walk.  Registration is $25 (tax-deductible) and includes the walk, a t-shirt, and lunch and music.

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Why homes are lost to wildfire

This Forest Service expert says it’s as much a sociopolitical problem as it is physical.

News – April 04, 2014 by Melissa Mylchreest

Each year, wildfires claim hundreds of homes throughout the West in what’s known as the wildland-urban interface.  This issue roars into the national spotlight every summer as footage of engulfed subdivisions flickers on TVs across the country. National fire suppression budgets reach into the billions of dollars every year, much of that cost associated with protecting homes and structures. But are we approaching the problem from the right angle?

Jack Cohen is a research physical fire scientist with the U.S. Forest Service, based at the Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory. With four decades of experience, he is a preeminent expert on wildfire and home ignitions, and a founder of the Firewise Communities recognition program, a project of the National Fire Protection Association that helps homeowners protect their property against wildfire.

Years of study have convinced Cohen that the loss of homes to wildfire is as much a sociopolitical problem as it is a physical, on-the-ground problem. Agencies and the public alike approach the issue as a question of fire suppression and control. Cohen, on the other hand, believes that fire is here to stay, and that proper mitigation, awareness and planning can make living with fire a whole lot easier – and safer. HCN contributor Melissa Mylchreest recently spoke with Cohen.  Read more…

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WILLIAMS VALLEY NON MOTORIZED AREA

The Alpine Alliance and the White Mountain Conservation League (WMCL) are having a meeting with Eric Flood – Recreation Coordinator for the Alpine District of the Apache Sitgreaves National Forests regarding the Williams Valley Non-Motorized Area.

WHEN:  April 10, Thursday @ 1:00 PM
WHERE: Alpine Ranger Station
PURPOSE: To discuss the trails and winter access for the Williams Valley Non-Motorized Area.

The meeting will be followed by an onsite discussion at Williams Valley at about 2:30 PM.

Call Dick Jennings from the Alpine Alliance @ 928-339-4252 with questions.

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Doggone Wild

If you’re someone whose wilderness experience is enriched by having a four footed companion at your side, we want you to enter our 2014 Doggone Wild photo contest. Submit a photo of your pooch enjoying Arizona’s great outdoors, and help us celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act!
Entering (and voting!) is free and easy, and winning canines will be featured on our website and receive:

 

GRAND PRIZE WINNER Prize Package containing:

  • $20 Gift Certificate to Summit Hut
  • organic doggie treats from Mary Cross
  • a copy of The Secret Lives of Dogs: The Real Reasons Behind 52 Mysterious Canine Behaviors
  • a copy of Best Hikes with Dogs: Arizona
  • a commemorative Doggone Wild! for Arizona Wilderness bandana

HONORABLE MENTION(S) up to three (3) Prize Packages containing:

  • organic doggie treats from Mary Cross
  • a copy of Best Hikes with Dogs: Arizona
  • a commemorative Doggone Wild! for Arizona Wilderness bandana

Enter your pooch now, or get out on a photo shoot soon, because the deadline is April 3 at 7 p.m.

Don’t have a canine companion? You can still participate! Share this email with friends and family who do have dogs. Or share our contest on your Facebook Page or on Twitter .  Winners are determined by you, so be sure to vote for your favorite furry explorer!

Many of us find that exploring wilderness with a dog by our side increases the joy. Their excitement often outstrips our own. Of course, in wilderness and on public lands, dogs should be under control, to protect the dog as well as other visitors, plants and wildlife.

By the way, our photo contest isn’t limited to wilderness locations. For the purposes of our contest, any image of your canine outdoors here in Arizona will be considered.

Enter our contest here. Remember, your furry friend can’t win if you don’t enter!

And best of luck!

 

 

 

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Tropic Cascade: What is it? Why does it matter?

Let me say that this is about more than wolves…it is about a very delicate balance in nature that developed on this planet.  Take a few minutes to enjoy.

This talk was presented at an official TED Conference. TED’s editors featured it among our daily selections on the home page.

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