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Blue Ridge, AZ; The next Neighborhood Watch Meeting for the Blue Ridge and Happy Jack areas will be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 beginning at 6:00 pm at the Blue Ridge Fire Station located at 5023 Enchanted Lane.
Deputy Rick Shouse and Gerry Blair of the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office will be on hand to give an update for the Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Shouse will speak about activity in the neighborhood that has occurred during the last month. District 4 Supervisor Mandy Metzger will be at the meeting to give an update on the operation of Coconino County Government and to share information. Marc Della Rocca who is the Public Relations Manager for the Coconino County Public Works Department will give an update on County Roads. Fire District Chief John Banning will give an update on the Blue Ridge Fire Department.
Jeb Koons who is the Fire Management Officer for the Coconino National Forest and Robert Auza who is the assistant Fire Manager will give a current Outlook for the 2014 Wild Land Fire Season. They will also speak about the “Ash Barrel” project.
Zach Ellinger who is a Fire Prevention Technician for the United States Forest Service will speak about the “One Less Spark-One Less Wildfire” program. Fire danger in Arizona is above normal levels. Significantly dry conditions are present due to historically low precipitation and high temperatures. Everyone has the responsibility to prevent human-caused wildfires. “One Less Spark-One Less Wildfire” is a public information campaign designed to inform the motoring public on how to prevent vehicle or equipment caused wildfires. The campaign is in part the product of research conducted by The Forest Service Research Station and the Centers for Disease Control. According to their research, vehicle or equipment caused fires are a major source of wildfires and are among the most costly and damaging fires because they begin near busy roadways and often, interrupt traffic, negatively impact roadside scenery and threaten settled areas.
The goal of the One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire Campaign is to use an all lands, all voices coordinated approach to guide inter-agency efforts for wildfire prevention to reduce human-caused wildfires in the Southwest.
Key Messages of One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire:• The majority of wildfire starts are human-caused—ignition sources include power equipment, vehicles, escaped debris burning, and arson. • Many equipment and roadway fires are preventable with simple actions. • Every preventable wildfire puts fire fighters and the public at risk and reduces the response capability of fire departments to respond to the next fire. • Please lend your voice to this effort: in dry conditions, one less spark means one less wildfire.
Talking Points for One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire:• Roadway and urban wildfires are dangerous for firefighters, motorists, and residents. • Most wildfires in the Southwest are person caused; this means they can be prevented. • Residents and visitors are asked to be aware of wildfire conditions in their area or the area they plan to visit, and to take appropriate prevention measures. • Public and firefighter safety is our first priority in all wildfire management activities. • Uncontrolled wildfires carry a cost for everyone: Lives lost—firefighters and public Property—damage and destruction Natural resources—damaged or destroyed Tax dollars• This year’s fire season is arriving quickly. Little rain and snow fell this winter. Everything is in place for a devastating wildfire season. The only thing missing is a spark! • Power equipment like mowers, weed trimmers, and tractors can spark a wildfire when used at the wrong time of day, in windy conditions, or in the wrong way. Do yard work before 10 a.m. when temperatures are down and the relative humidity is higher. Be sure equipment such as mowers, chainsaws and trimmers have spark arresters. Use string vegetation trimmers to cut tall, dry grass. Remove rocks to avoid metal mower blades hitting rocks and creating sparks. Grind, sharpen, and weld on a paved, enclosed area. Be ready with water and a fire extinguisher to put out accidental sparks. Report fires. Call 9-1-1. • Vehicle travel provides opportunities for sparks and heat sources to ignite dry, fine grasses. Maintain brakes. Keep tires properly inflated. Shorten towing safety chains. Ensure that nothing is dragging beneath the car (exhaust pipes, etc.) Park well away from grasses; catalytic converters are hot and can start fires. Carry a fire extinguisher in your car. Know how to use it. Report all fires: call 9-1-1. • Each citizen has the responsibility to prevent human-caused wildfires and to protect their own property by creating fire-adapted communities and defensible space around their homes.
We look forward to seeing you at the meeting on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.
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Media and Public Contact, Gerry Blair, Coconino County Sheriff's Office 928-226-5089