Recent thunderstorms occurring have brought some needed moisture, but the rainfall is not enough to open the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests as of Wednesday.
The cycle of “monsoonal” style storms have begun for the summer. Monday, July 4, we received precipitation in the Heber Overgaard area between .20 to .50 of an inch of rain, depending on where in our locality it was being observed.
Our highs remain at around 85 degrees with our lows keeping around 58 degrees. The forecast is for continued warm late mornings and thunderstorms in the afternoon/evenings.
Due to Navajo County and Forest Service fire restrictions that were in place and the extreme fire conditions in the area, the Navajo County Emergency Management Team denied Heber Overgaard’s Fourth of July fireworks permit application on June 25.
The fire restrictions that were put into effect May 16 in accordance with the Navajo County Fire Ordinance was again reviewed for reconsideration by a special meeting of the board of supervisors on Friday, July 1. At that time, no changes in either the weather or restrictions were made.
Due to this situation, the annual Heber Overgaard fireworks were canceled. Reduced attendance was observed at the annual July Fourth parade as a result of not only the fireworks demonstration, but as well as the closure of the forest itself.
Even with the restrictions imposed, some established campgrounds continue to be open such as Canyon Point Campground, Sinkhole Campground, Rim Campground Woods Canyon Recreation Area, and Willow Springs Recreation Area.
A benefit performance, sponsored by the Rim Community Friends of the Library, presents “An Afternoon with Marshall Trimble.” Arizona’s state historian will be singing, storytelling, doing a Q&A and conducting a book purchase/signing session of his latest books. He has also agreed to sign previously purchased Marshall Trimble books. This performance will benefit the library building addition fund and for the expansion of the children’s and young adult areas.
This will be occurring at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 10 at Capps Performing Arts Center, 3375 Buckskin Canyon Road in Heber. Donations will be accepted by “passing the cowboy hat” at intermission. For more information, please call 928-240-1078.