Wind Shifts Smoke Away From Heber Overgaard


Progress on the Rim Community Library continues with the structural walls and the roof addition nearing completion.

Progress on the Rim Community Library continues with the structural walls and the roof addition nearing completion. |

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On the morning of Sunday, June 5, Heber Overgaard experienced a shift in direction of smoke from the Wallow Fire which lasted for a few hours in our area.

The remainder of the week continued with warm days and windy afternoons with winds reaching 35-40 mph.

Stage 2 Fire restrictions remain in place for all of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests until further notice due to the fire danger.

The National Weather Service continued its Hazardous Weather Outlook with Red Flag Warnings for much of this week. The very low humidity and moderately strong southwest winds of 20 mph to 25 mph with gusts of 35 mph continues our critical fire weather conditions. Our temperatures remain in the low to mid 40s with highs during the day in the mid to upper 70s.

The Heber Overgaard Fire Department has had an engine and a crew of four firefighters assisting in the fighting of the Wallow Fire, Fire Chief Rich Upham stated on Wednesday. No word was given as to the duration of the commitment or firefighter rotation.

The Heber Overgaard Fire District has released its tentative 2011/2012 budget. It gives the budget categorically with personnel services at $1.6 million, supplies at $175,000, services and charges at $226,000 along with a capital outlay of $182,000 for a total of $2.22 million laid out in the budget. This tentative budget was drawn up on May 24 and the final budget will be decided on at a later date.

The Annual Fly-In Breakfast at the Mogollon Airpark will be on June 18, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. It is $6 for adults and $3 for children. The public is welcome.

Proceeds benefit Heber Overgaard charities.

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