Creek Residents Preparing For Fire Season

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

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Here is an update from Gary Anderson, President of Christopher Creek Homeowners Association on the four homeowners associations efforts to raise $50,000 to clear a fuel break.

The four Homeowners Associations in the Christopher Creek area are working very hard to raise $50,000 to match the other $50,000 available to pay for a fuel break on the west/southwest border of Christopher Creek.

The money must be in by June 30, so a contract can be signed. The work will begin in late summer when weather and moisture permit. Appeals have gone out to well over 300 property owners and business owners in Christopher Creek. At this point, a total of $4,785 has been sent in and deposited. Donations have ranged from $100 to $500. Thank you.

They have only $42,215 left to go. Make your check out to C-K Firebelles Fuel Break and send it to CCHA, HC2 Box 121-P, Payson, AZ 85541. Protect your property. Thank you.

Fire danger is high and that indicates that surrounding forest fuels are drying out very fast. Fuels are easier to ignite and fires are able to spread faster. It is that time of the year when conditions rapidly change.

Pay attention to the changes in the fire danger levels. It has been extremely windy and winds accelerate the danger for fire. Watch for red-flag alerts. It is that time of year when special fire weather watches and warnings are sometimes issued. Red flag warnings for wildfire potential are released within 24 hours any of the conditions listed are met -- sustained winds of 25 mph, low humidity of 15 percent or lower and low fuel moisture and at least high fire danger (determined by USFS).

Pay attention to the fuels around your home and access ways. Clean out your gutters, and create a defensible space around your home.

Make sure you call your local fire department before you burn anything to see if burning is allowed that day because conditions can change throughout the day.

You will need a burn permit to burn and you can call ADEQ to obtain the necessary permit.

In the month of April, with wildland season approaching, four of the new employees for Christopher/Kohl's fire department have taken basic wildland firefighting.

Two of three employees have advanced to Firewise wildland training. Three employees attended wildland hazard risk assessment classes.

Congratulations goes out to all these members of the department for the time devoted to the challenge of being better prepared to assist this district in wildland firefighting and prevention.

Sandy Kalmar, of the Firebelles, called to say they are looking for donated books to sell and that they have some to sell. Sandy and Jack also have a new addition to their family, a new cocker puppy named Snowflake. If you have some books to donate, give her a call at (928) 478-4774.

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