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Can you survive a wildfire?

PAWUIC’S motto “Living on the Edge”, has two meanings: living on the edge of Arizona’s wildlands with all of their attendant grace and beauty, but also living with the danger of wildfire.

PAWUIC, founded in 1990, is unique in the nation as a not-for-profit group chartered by the City of Prescott and Yavapai County. PAWUIC is comprised of federal, state, county and city agency representatives working together with volunteers, businesses, and community leaders. PAWUIC’s purpose is to mitigate the threat of wildfire and to promote forest health in the greater Prescott area, and Yavapai County- an area larger than the State of Massachusetts.  Members from Prescott National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, Arizona State Forestry, Prescott Yavapai Tribe, Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management, Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority, Prescott Fire Department, eleven other fire departments, homeowner associations and private citizens meet monthly to report and coordinate their activities to reduce the wildfire danger in the area.

PAWUIC works not just in fire season, but throughout the year to reduce the chance of a wildfire and to reduce the damage it would cause when it strikes our community. By cooperating together since 1990, PAWUIC has brought more than $6,000,000 into our community. 

PAWUIC provides:

  • Information and education on how to reduce wildland fire danger by means of an annual EXPO, meetings, training, newspaper articles, helping local communities gain Firewise/USA® recognition,, and maintaining its regional information web site.
  • A source of grant funding for area fire department efforts to reduce fuels and mitigate other fire dangers.
  • Training scholarships for area firefighters at the Arizona Wildfire Academy.
  • Supporting efforts for economically and environmentally sound ways to utilize the biomass generated from fuels reduction and forest health projects.
  • A most important monthly forum for sharing ideas and coordinating efforts among the involved agencies. Time:  8:00 AM on the 1st Thurs. of each month in the Freeman Building at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds, 840 Rodeo Dr.  The public is always welcome to attend.  Becoming a volunteer is a rewarding experience.

Commission News

Goodwin Fire area to re-open on Sunday, Oct. 1

The Goodwin Fire temporary closure will be lifted at 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 1. Big Bug Mesa, Senator Highway, Palace Station and all other roads and trails in the fire area will re-open to the public.

The only remaining closure will be sections of the Charcoal Gulch Trail No. 9419 and Nemo Springs Trail No. 9405 that will remain impassable due to contingency fire line construction in the Blue Hills Area outside the burn scar. These trails will be rebuilt and located during this fall 2017 season.

“I am pleased to announce the re-opening of the Goodwin Fire Area and would like to thank the public for the patience and understanding during the closure. When visiting the burn area, I ask that visitors please be alert and use extreme caution,” says Bradshaw District Ranger Sarah Tomsky.

Visitors are asked to stay on existing trails and roads as soils are still sensitive and susceptible to erosion. Hazards are numerous with the possibility of rolling rocks, stump and root holes, falling trees and loose soils from rains. Some roads may be impassible and there is a potential for vehicles to get stuck in washed out portions of the roads. Many of the trails will be maintained with help from Prescott Trail Riders volunteers and Conservation Corps members from American Conservation Experience out of Flagstaff.

Although monsoon season has officially ended and many of the hazards associated with flooding have diminished, there is always potential for hazardous weather events. Visitors are encouraged to be aware of predicted weather before entering the burned area as floods, debris flows, and falling rocks and trees can occur for years after a wildfire. Do not visit the burned area when significant rain or wind is predicted.

If you have questions, please contact the Bradshaw Ranger District at 928-443-8000.

https://www.dcourier.com/news/2017/sep/29/goodwin-fire-area-re-open-sunday-oct-1/


USAA Provides Policyholder Discounts in Seven States

The Departments of Insurance in seven states have approved filings by USAA to give homeowners insurance discounts to USAA members living in communities recognized by the Firewise/USA® Recognition Program. This discount applies to policies issuing or renewing on the following dates in the states listed below:

  • California - Policies effective on or after 10/1/2014
  • Colorado - Policies effective on or after 5/30/2015
  • Texas - Policies effective on or after 6/30/2015 
  • Arizona - Policies effective on or after 2/15/2016
  • Oregon – Policies effective on or after 6/30/2016
  • New Mexico - Policies effective on or after 1/1/2017
  • Utah - Policies effective on or after 1/5/2017

For more information: http://firewise.org/usa-recognition-program/usaa.aspx?sso=2a9c3307-0580-46e6-be06-27adc3c628b3?order_src=C365