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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

Prescott and Prescott Valley Enter Stage II Fire Restrictions June 30th, 2017

The Prescott Fire Department and the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority (Prescott Valley) announced Stage 2 Fire Restrictions will be put into effect at 8:00 Friday, June 30, 2017 for all residents in the 248 square miles of the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority and the 42 square mile City of Prescott.

This includes the Towns of Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, Dewey/Humboldt, Paulden and the areas surrounding the City of Prescott such as Williamson Valley, upper Copper Basin Road and Mountain Club area, Ponderosa Park off of White Spar Road, the Senator Highways area of Karen Drive, Sweet Acres, and Oak Knoll Village and finally the areas extending south of Prescott including Govt. Canyon and Diamond Valley.


Due to local fire behavior and decreased initial attack resources available because of numerous fires in Arizona, including the Goodwin Fire, the Prescott Fire Department and Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority will be enacting our Stage 2 Fire Restrictions on June 30, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. which will also be consistent with the Prescott National Forest. We will reassess Stage II restrictions and make appropriate changes when local fire danger decreases. Please have a safe summer and visit their websites at www.cazfire.org or http://www.prescott-az.gov/services/fire/ for further information. 
For a complete listing of the Fire Restrictions, see Joint Fire Restrictions List.

Understanding Fire Restrictions

There are two stages of Fire Restrictions followed by a closure of the defined area or forest to all public access.

STAGE 1 Fire Restrictions help land management agencies reduce fire risk and prevent wildfires during periods of high to extreme danger.

PROHIBITIONS:

  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire. This includes charcoal barbecues and grills EXCEPT: Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire in constructed, permanent fire pits or fire grates within developed recreation sites and the use of portable stoves, lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum, pressurized liquid fuel or a fully enclosed (sheepherder type) stove with a ¼” spark arrester type screen is permitted.
  • Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
  • Operating a chainsaw without a USDA or SAE approved spark arrester properly installed and in effective working order, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher kept with the operator, and one round point shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches readily available for use. 
  • Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame except in cleared areas of at least 10 feet in diameter and in possession of a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher.
  • Using an explosive.

STAGE 2 Fire Restrictions help land management agencies reduce fire risk and prevent wildfires during periods of high to extreme fire danger.

PROHIBITIONS:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire. This includes charcoal grills and barbecues, coal and wood burning stoves and sheepherder’s stoves and includes use in developed camping and picnic grounds. EXCEPT: Devices using pressurized liquid or gas (stoves, grills or lanterns) that include shut-off valves are permitted when used in an area at least three feet or more from flammable material such as grasses or pine needles.
  • Smoking. EXCEPT: Within enclosed vehicle, trailer or building.
  • Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
  • Operating or using any internal combustion engine (e.g. chainsaw, generator, ATV) without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order.
  • Operating a chainsaw without an approved spark arresting device, a chemical pressurized fire extinguisher (8 oz. capacity by weight or larger and kept with the operator) and a round point shovel with an overall length of at least 35 inches.
  • Using an explosive. This includes but is not limited to fuses or blasting caps, fireworks, rockets, exploding targets, and tracers or incendiary.
  • Possessing or using a motor vehicle off established roads, motorized trails or established parking areas, except when parking in an area devoid or vegetation within 10 feet of the vehicle. 

For current fire restrictions, go to https://firerestrictions.us/az/ or Fire Restrictions for Prescott and Prescott Valley.


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