Summer is nearly upon us. That means high temps and low humidity, kids in the streets, and visitors flocking to us in droves! Time to slow down and enjoy our hot and sultry days and cool clear evenings as safely as possible. So here are a few tips to allow you to have the best summer ever!
- Summer is a great time to keep up that yard work! Raking up yard debris that blew in with the spring winds, watering those dry lawns and thirsty trees and bushes, and maintaining the home and outbuildings from any damage that may have occurred over the winter and spring.
- Clean your gutters out and make sure there is no burnable debris on your roof that could catch fire should sparks land on the roof in the case of a nearby fire. Be sure to secure your ladders before climbing and have a spotter whenever is possible just in case an accident may occur.
- How are your fire extinguishers? Up to date and full? If not a quick trip to the store can fix that. While your there, check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. Do they need updated or batteries replaced?
- Is your Go-bag packed? Being a resident or a visitor of the White Mountains means always being prepared. Keep a bag easily available that contains your vital needs for your family and pets. Know where to go in case you are asked to evacuate your home immediately. Consider keeping your important documents, extra medications, photos and keepsakes in totes and boxes for easy grabbing and packing in case you get a READY or SET call, meaning to prepare for emminant or possible evacuations. What will you do with your pets and livestock? Now is the time to create your plans and routes that your family can take in case of emergency.
- HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE! Did you know that in Arizona, an average of 118 people dies each year from excessive heat, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services?
- Avoid working or playing outdoors during the heat of the day on excessively hot days.
- Wear layers. Light layers will allow you to take on and removed various layers of clothing to assist in the cooling process and allows you to keep the sun’s rays from contacting most of your skin directly, reducing the risk of skin cancers.
- WATCH FOR KIDS AND THEIR PETS! In roadways, driveways, parking lots, in the forests, kids are everywhere in the summer. Often times they are too occupied with their games, friends, and phones to pay enough attention to that big truck or fast-moving car to be able to move out of the way in time. That is why we, as adults, need to take extra care not to injure or harm kids that may be out and about during the dog days of summer.
With all that being said, let’s make this a summer to remember for all of the best reasons! Get out, go for a swim, catch a fish, go on a hike, or just sit on the porch and enjoy the summer breeze with your friends and loved ones. And always maintain constant vigilance.
Stay safe and have a great summer!
Navajo County and the Clay Springs Pinedale Fire District are now requiring permits for all agricultural burning within the county. For this reason, a burn permit may be obtained in the following manner:
- Burn permits and other valuable information can be found on this website, under burn Information.
- Permits shall be returned to Fire Station 610, located at 1248 Pinedale Road, Pinedale Arizona.
- A permit number will be assigned to each residence at this time.
How to report fires and aquire permission:
Help us help you. Unreported fires make up approximately 10% of our annual call volume. As a result, Chief Garvin asks that everybody calls in to report your fires. This will assist the department in saving money and valuable resources.
Everybody can all play a part in community safety. One way to do so would be by reporting legal fires and illegal burns. Burns can be reported to the Fire Chief at 928-205-5327 or an active Clay Springs Pinedale Firefighter. You can find a list of current active firefighters here. In the event that you feel you have spotted a wildfire please do not hesitate to call 9-1-1
If you would like to find information about the active forest fires can be found on the Inciweb site. Check back often to stay up to date on fires within the country.
Additionally, information about fire hazards for our local area may also be found on the Clay Springs Pinedale Fire Department Facebook page.
If you would like to see the weather updates for our area your local weather reports can be found at National Weather Service.
Furthermore, Chief Garvin would like to remind people to slow down and remain cautious while driving. Always watch for people and animals along the roadways. It is not uncommon for our district to see an increase in car accidents during this time of year as people and animals move around more outside to enjoy the beautiful mountain weather. Remember to adjust your speed accordingly to the current road conditions.
Clay Springs Pinedale Fire District wishes you all a happy spring! Stay safe and enjoy this wonderful time of year!
Chief Robert Garvin