Red Flag Warning 6/29/2020

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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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Candidates for District 2 Answer Beaver Creek Questions

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Six candidates are running for Yavapai County’s District 2 Supervisor’s position.
BCCA Board members got together last month to compile a list of questions that relate to our community of Beaver Creek. We’ll be posting the responses as they come in . . . Watch this space so that you can make an informed decision about our next Yavapai County supervisor.

 

Brandi Bateman
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Wiley Cline
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James GregoryResponses Jodi Rooney
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Camp Verde Fire 6/18/2020

Dear Neighbors
This fire was residential.  With the number of fires large and small at this time in our state, no one can risk being unprepared.
As usual the Thursday 10 AM food share is back at Beaver Creek School for anyone who would like to drive thru and pick up.
Fortunately the decreasing wind today helps us all,
. . . . . the calendar crew  
A residential fire on Clover Leaf Ranch Rd in Camp Verde yesterday.
On June 17, 2020 at 14:30 in the afternoon Copper Canyon Fire and Medical District Stations 81 and Stations 82 along with Verde Valley Fire and Sedona Fire were dispatched to a residential fire at 2870 Cloverleaf Ranch Road.
Emergency crews arrived on scene to find a single story residence with fire and smoke coming from the North end of the structure. The home owners and occupants were able to self-extricate without injury from the structure prior to emergency crews arrival, although five pets were still inside of the structure at the time of emergency crews arrival. Fire had vented through the roof at the North end of the structure upon emergency crews arrival. Fire crews made an interior fire attack on the structure to find a well seated attic fire which had spread through most of the attic space. With an aggressive fire attack crews were eventually able to bring the fire under control, keeping it from burning completely through the attic.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
During the incident crews were able to locate one dog, a cat, a snake and two giant black scorpions and remove them safely from the structure. The dog did require some treatment from emergency crews on scene, while all of the other animals pulled from the fire were doing well and did not require and kind of treatment, unfortunately one cat is still missing. It took crews approximately one hour to bring this fire under control. The Prescott National Forest Service was also dispatched to this call, due to the proximity of heavy vegetation, the Verde River and the high sustained winds. Unfortunately the home did sustain heavy damage and the home owners and occupants are displaced at this time. The American Red Cross was dispatched to the scene to assist with temporary lodging for the homes occupants. There were no injuries to fire crews or the occupants of the home reported at this incident. Emergency crews remained on scene for several hours to complete salvage and overhaul.
CCFMD would like to thank all the agencies involved and that responded to this incident. The cause of this fire is still under investigation at this time.
Eric Strauss
Copper Canyon Fire & Medical Authority
Battalion Chief
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Brush Fire & Lots of Info 6/3/2020

Dear Neighbors
As if there wasn’t enough going on in our country and state, Beaver Creek had a close call with a brush fire running on the east side of I-17 between MP 293 (McGuireville) and north to about MP 296. The northbound lanes were closed while fire crews defeated the flames. This could have been a tragedy for families in Beaver Creek if the fire had continued further eastward. POBs (pats on back) to MANNY ROMERO for the fine photos and videos of the event which are posted on the Copper Canyon Fire & Medical Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CopperCanyonFMD/videos/255205849128650 
However, earlier in the day, Jodi Rooney spoke at the State Transportation Board meeting in support of replacing our inadequate I-17 interchange and bridge in McGuireville. She is a transportation professional and a candidate for the Yavapai County District 2 Supervisor office. Her work is a follow up to the fine letter of support for this project sent to that board in April and to the presentations from the BCCA Board last year. Her words:
“You have helped us with many projects over the years and it is our intention to continue to be innovative and follow through.  We also appreciate Board Member Gary Knight representing us.
I-17, by its nature, requires multiple improvement and maintenance.  ADOT, FHWA and regional partners have always stepped up.  Our current national economic situation has required us all to sacrifice.  We are seeing this with the tentative 5-year program.  While we understand this, I speak to and ask that I-17 continue to remain a priority.  Specifically, project H68000, study roadway widening, design, construction – I-17 from Anthem Way TI to Cordes Junction (over $300 million).
I believe Supervisor Thurman sent a letter last month regarding the McGuireville TI.  I ask that you keep this on the radar. 
This ‘N That
  • Please complete the 10 census questions for your household altogether or individually. Just get it done! www.2020census.gov. (See flyer below)  Add /jobs to get that info.
  • The weekly Food Share at Beaver Creek School will be open for drive thru every Thursday in June & July from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. The 2nd Saturday food distribution will continue as always from 7:45 AM to 9:30 AM. (See flyer below)
  • Tuzigoot and Montezuma Castle have now opened trails for public use. Montezuma Well remains closed. (BCCA has sent a written request to open the trails and picnic area at the well.) (See flyer below)
  • The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meetings will resume in person meeting after July 1. Meanwhile here is the streaming info for today’s meeting: live stream by going to www.Yavapai.us/District2 and this is the link to the agenda https://destinyhosted.com/agenda.
    • On Monday, June 1, the Yavapai County Recorder’s office opened for in person services.
    • The Yavapai County Planning & Zoning Commissions and Board of Adjustments will resume meetings in September using social distancing and other safety protocols.
Taking fire precautions,
. . . . . the calendar crew  
  
MONTEZUMA CASTLE AND TUZIGOOT NATIONAL MOUMENTS ARE BEGINNING TO INCREASE RECREATIONAL ACCESS TO OUTDOOR SPACES.
Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments are increasing recreational access to trails and outdoor spaces. The National Park Service (NPS) is working service wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.
 
Beginning June 5 th , 2020, Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments will reopen access to:
  • Outside trails at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot
  • Picnic areas at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot
With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time:
  • Visitor Centers
  • Park Stores
  • Museums
  • Restrooms
  • Montezuma Well (Entire Unit)
Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments are also observing Stage II Fire Restrictions.    During this stage, the following is prohibited:
  • Igniting, building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire, including use of charcoal or briquettes.
  • The use of stoves or grills that are solely fueled by liquid petroleum gas (LPG) are allowed.
  • Operating internal combustion power tools, such as a chainsaw or other equipment, between 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Generators with an approved spark arresting device in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the generator are allowed
  • Welding, or operating any acetylene or other torch with an open flame
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle.  Deposit butts in an ashtray, do not toss or discard on the road or surrounding ground.
  • The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At The Verde Valley Monuments, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance, and will be regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.
    While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders (https://www.yavapai.us/chs), practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19, and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health. 

    We have amazing virtual tours of Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot all of the time, so for people who are still home schooling or not traveling at this time check out www.nps.gov/moca or www.nps.gov/tuzi.

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    Copper Canyon Fire & Medical News 5/30/2020

    Copper Canyon Fire & Medical
     Urban Interface Assignment
    On May 30  Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Station 81 was dispatched and responded to an urban interface assignment at Cat Claw and Verde Lakes Dr. in Camp Verde.  Initial reports stated that there was a wild land fire at Cat Claw Dr. and the corner of Verde Lakes Dr. that was about the size of a tennis court   While responding a second report was given that the fire was now about the size of one acre.  An additional Type 1 engine and Type 6 engine were added from Station 82 and the to the assignment and the National Forest Service was notified due to rapid fire growth.
    Emergency crews arrived on scene to find an approximately two acre fire in mature brush and tall grass on the south side of Cat Claw Dr.  Crews were assigned to Cat Claw Dr to battle the wind driven fire which was being pushed to the north by approximately 8 mph winds.  The fire quickly jumped Cat Claw Dr. into an open field that was backed up by residential homes on the north side of the open field.  A second alarm was quickly struck bringing additional resources from Prescott Nation Forest Service, Coconino National Forest Service, Verde Valley Fire District, Sedona Fire District, Cottonwood Fire Department and Verde Valley Ambulance Company.  DPS and CVMO also responded for traffic control and pre notification of possible evacuations.
    With aggressive firefighting tactics and strong apparatus deployment containment lines were quickly established and forward progress of the fire was stopped.  The fire grew to approximately ten acres in size before forward fire progress was stopped.  Though structures were threatened during this fire no structures were lost or damaged. Crews remained on scene for approximately 6 hours for mop up.  There were no reported injuries to any fire crew members or public.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time.  CCFMD would like to sincerely thank all agencies involved and that responded to this incident.
    CCFMD would like to remind every one of the potential of catastrophic wild land fire starts in the area and that there are currently fire bans in place at this time.  Stay Safe!!
    Eric Strauss
    Copper Canyon Fire & Medical Authority
    Battalion Chief
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