The 2021 wildfire season, predicted to be a difficult one, has been everything the experts said it would be. As you are likely aware, the Coconino and Kaibab national forests closed to the public beginning on June 23rd because of the “fire danger, dry conditions, and persistent wildfire activity during a time when firefighting resources are sparse,” according to the Forest Service.
“A full forest closure means that the public is prohibited from entering any part of Coconino National Forest at any time. Only those with private inholdings will be allowed access to their property, as well as personnel providing utility support where necessary, and firefighters performing their duties,” a news release said.
Additionally, the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest closed beginning at 6 a.m. on June 24. The Prescott National Forest and much of the Tonto National Forest both closed beginning at 8 a.m. on June 25.
Right now, as we continue to grapple with the impacts of the Backbone Fire, the Rafael Fire and the Snake Fire, the most important thing each of us needs is accurate information. The links below should be of assistance as you ensure that you, your family and your animals are prepared to face fire danger and potential evacuation.
Yavapai County’s Emergency Notification System
Coconino County Emergency Alert System
Arizona’s Emergency Information Network with useful information on the evacuation process and being prepared
Local Non-Profits Visit With Supervisor Michaels
While the wildfire has been top of mind for our office and all of us, the work of a Supervisor continues. I was happy to sit down recently with two amazing local groups that make a huge difference in Yavapai County.
Steps to Recovery Homes helps individuals learn to live without drugs and alcohol. Their goal? “To create a healthy, safe and structured environment for our clients, to help our community by giving people an opportunity to become productive members of society and lower the recidivism rates in the community. Steps to Recovery Homes is a viable placement for those who are serious about changing their lives.”
It was great to learn more about their mission. I look forward to working in collaboration with their leadership and the Northern Arizona Council of Governments on funding this non-profit for the fiscal year ahead.
I also sat down with the Sisterhood Connection Foundation. They have a fantastic and fun-filled weekend coming up in October. This fall fundraiser will benefit the Veterans Equine Therapeutic Association.
Seated Row: Chris Heyer (Steps to Recovery), Anji Dickson (Steps to Recovery), Damien Browning (Steps to Recovery), Eileen Riffel (Sisterhood Foundation)
Middle Row: Supervisor Donna Michaels, Cindy Kerber-Battisti (Sisterhood Foundation)
Back Row: Susie Fairchild, Peggy Sing (Sisterhood Foundation), Teresa Sutera, Deanna King (Sisterhood Foundation), Tom Coultas (Sisterhood Foundation), Sheila Van Rixel (Sisterhood Foundation)
Photo courtesy of Ted Grussing
Come on Down! See The District 3 Office and Visit Us, July 14th!
As I settle into office and the restrictions put in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic recede, we want to return to business in person where possible and safely. With that in mind, we would love to host you at our upcoming Open House – with refreshments included, of course.
What: District 3 Open House “Meet and Greet With Your Supervisor”
When: July 14, 2021 from 1 pm to 4 pm
Where: District 3 Office, Yavapai County Cottonwood Annex, 10 South 6th Street, Cottonwood, AZ 86326
If you have questions about this event – or general questions that we can help you with – please feel free to give the office a call at (928) 649-6227 or send an email to Supervisor Michaels.