Alpine Area Pre-Evacuation Alert

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The Eastern Arizona Incident Management Team on The Wallow Fire in eastern Arizona has issued a pre-evacuation alert. This is a 12-24 hour pre-evacuation alert.

There is a possibility of an evacuation within 12 hours in the Alpine area, says the agency

It is recommended that residents within that area prepare for the shelter and care of their animals. It is also recommended that irreplaceable personal property, such as important documents, be gathered and packed. Pack sufficient clothing for a possible extended stay. If possible, arrange for lodging with friends or relatives.

Once again, this is an alert of the possibility of an evacuation within 12 hours in the Alpine area.

The northern evacuation route for residents of Blue, AZ will be blocked if an evacuation order is issued.

Any evacuation notice will come from the Apache County Sheriff’s Office. Fire and other emergency services personnel will also attempt to notify residents in the event of an evacuation. Notification will be delivered to residents by direct contact or by telephone.

This is only a pre-evacuation alert. In the event of an evacuation order you will be notified about evacuation routes and centers.

NOTE: A Community Meeting will be held at 6 p.m. tonight at the Alpine Community Center. Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests personnel and Eastern Arizona Incident Management Team representatives will present information about the Wallow Fire and answer questions.

Fire Evacuation Check List

Have at least 1/2 tank of fuel in your vehicle at all times. Flashlight, portable radio.

Round up your pets: get them secured and ready to go into the car with no way of escape before they are loaded into the car (this is especially important with cats).

Make a prior arrangement to contact a neighbor or friend who might be available to help you in an evacuation situation with loading or driving a second or third vehicle, or to help with large animals such as horses/ penned animals etc.

Have pet carriers, leashes, food bowls, food, litter boxes, litter, and other pet needs ready to go & ready for car (store in a secure place so these are easily loaded into the car).

Have very important files, back‐up disks, plug‐in USB virtual drive, small compact file box ready to go.

Include such things as homeowner’s policy, auto policies, life & investment files, bank records, legal documents, licenses, etc. (or store in a fireproof safe or fireproof bunker).

Computer CPU (hard‐drive most important) if you have no back‐ups.

Photograph albums, photo CDs, etc, ‐ Have these ready, packed, stored in a secure place to go immediately into car (or store in a fireproof safe).

Cameras & expensive jewelry or important electronic devices.

Suitcase filled with old but useable clothing, socks, underwear, jackets, sweatshirt, extra shoes, etc. Keep this packed ahead. Include a bag for him and for her of toiletry items, including: deodorant, disposable shavers, extra toothbrushes, shampoo & shaving cream, toothpaste, extra regular medications to last a few days.

If you have enough room, consider a few items from your camping or picnic supplies. Pillows & light blankets (in case you might have to sleep outside while evacuated).

If time, draft e‐mail, send to friends and family about your intentions.

All household & car keys, wallet, handbag, cell phones & any credit cards you keep in a drawer that you might need.

Complete phone list or phone address book (snail and e‐mail), including cell phones of neighbors, family.

Special or valuable items (make your own list).

Close all windows, close all interior doors, remove curtains from area of windows.

Turn off propane gas at tank, remove BBQ propane tank, take it with you or store in a secure place such as a bunker or away from your house.

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