Fire Danger High In Rim Country



Frank Cayton photo

Frank Cayton took this picture of Christopher Creek back when we had significant moisture. Now that summer is here and we’ve had very little rainfall, it’s important to conserve water because of the extreme fire danger.

Hello again, fellow Creekers.

Well the summer season is out in full force and it is as beautiful as ever up here. However, as you know, there has been very little rainfall and we are on fire restriction.

Fire danger

Because the rainfall has been so sparse, it is very important that we all do our part to conserve water. I spoke with Jeff Daniels of Utility Systems who runs the water company that supplies the Christopher Creek, Tonto Village and Colcord Estates areas. Jeff said that “It is always important to practice water conservation, but in this area it is extra important to conserve water on the weekends when there are so many more people up here.”

I asked him what we can do to help. Jeff said, “One of the easiest things people can do that would really help is to limit there water use on the weekends. Water lawns and wash cars during the week, not on the weekends.” He went on to say that because the rainfall has been so limited that all of the water tables are low and so water is not as abundant as it has been in prior years. I for one will be listening, with the lack of rain I always want to be sure we have adequate water to fight any local fires. Speaking, of fire ...

Obviously, the fire danger is considered high and our local Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Department is on high alert just in case they’re needed.

Outside of protecting us locally, you should know that your local firefighters have had a hand in helping out with the larger Schultz Fire in the Flagstaff area. Fire Engine 521 was the rig that was dispatched to help and Jeff Shaw, Nick “Trey” Shill, Scott Van Eckhoutte and Bob Urban have all lent their talents to helping their fellow firefighters and Arizonans.

As always, I do need your help with content and stories! For anyone wanting to submit information from the Christopher Creek area for inclusion in our weekly article, please e-mail me at: Any submitted pictures must be full-size (typically around 1MB per picture). The cutoff time for inclusion in Friday’s article is close of business on Monday.

Thanks again for reading the column.


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