Words from the Fire Chief

Fall is in the air! Summer is winding down and the leaves begin to change. In an effort to keep our community safe, Chief Garvin would like to remind everyone of a few safety tips and precautions:

Seasonal Safety Precautions:

The holiday season has snuck up on us once more. As such, CSPVFD would like to remind everyone to utilize caution in your day to day lives. Here is a list of a few simple things that we can all do to help improve the health and safety of ourselves and those around us:

  • Before lighting your first fire clean out chimneys and prepare your homes for transitioning into winter. Ridding your chimneys of accumulated soot before you need to light your evening fires will help to lower your risk of fires.
  • Before you start to light regular fires, have you checked the smoke detectors in your home this year? Replacing beeping batteries or broken units will improve your chances of discovering a fire before it is out of control as well as allow you and your family valuable time to remove yourselves to safety in the event that a fire does transpire.
  • Check fire extinguishers in your home. Have you checked the charge levels this year or replaced used extinguishers with new ones?
  • Next, work on clearing your home and the surrounding buildings. Clean up leaves and needles as well as other yard debris as they begin to fall. Maintaining a 30-foot safety zone around your home increases its survivability in the case that a fire does break out.
  • Never leave candles or other flaming objects unattended, near curtains or other flammable materials, or within the vicinity of unattended children.

Burning within the Fire District:

  • Clay Springs Pinedale Fire is currently sanctioning campfires within the district. Citizens are not required to call in for campfires. A campfire is considered to be a fire that is contained within a ring and no more than 2 feet around. Clearing of debris for at least six feet around the burn area. As well as clearing any limbs or hanging branches overhead. Utilize care and caution and please burn responsibly.
  • A bonfire will be required at all times to be called in to either an active firefighter or the fire chief before lighting. A bonfire will have a fuel area greater than 3 feet in diameter and greater than 2 feet in height. Clearing of debris for at least 12 feet around the ring and of limbs or hanging branches overhead is a requisite before lighting the fire. Utilize care and caution and please burn responsibly.

Burn Permit Requirements:

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.
  • Approved permits will be valid for up to one year from the time of finalization.

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

Additional Information:

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 hunting season pressures wildlife further into communities and people get out to enjoy the cooling temperatures. Remember to adjust your speed accordingly to the current road conditions.

or Chief Garvin at Pinedaleman@frontiernet.net.

Clay Springs Pinedale Fire District wishes you all a happy fall. Stay safe and enjoy this wonderful time of year!

Chief Robert Garvin