After Two Weeks Winds Are Dying Down, But No Rain In Sight

A groundskeeper at the Pine Meadows Country Club is setting sprinklers to water the greens. The warm days with no precipitation provide challenges for fire officials as well as those who maintain landscapes.

A groundskeeper at the Pine Meadows Country Club is setting sprinklers to water the greens. The warm days with no precipitation provide challenges for fire officials as well as those who maintain landscapes.

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The winds that have been prevalent the past two weeks fanning the Wallow Fire to our east have died down and calm, but very warm, conditions with no chance of precipitation dominate our weather pattern this week.

Temperatures during the day climb to the lower to mid 80s with lows in the mid to upper 40s will continue through our weekend. No winds are predicted by the National Weather Service at this time.

Navajo County officials have continued to receive inquiries regarding fire restrictions leading to a press release being re-issued for Navajo County.

Navajo County Board of Supervisors and staff has determined that no change in the fire restrictions will be made at this time. Emergency fire restrictions continue to be in effect for the unincorporated areas in and around Pinetop-Lakeside, Show Low, Linden, Pinedale, Clay Springs, Heber-Overgaard, Chevelon Retreat, Chevelon Acres, White Mountain Lake and Snowflake-Taylor.

In addition to these restrictions, the Lakeside Ranger District has, as of June 10, imposed closure of the national forest outside of land owners, residents and law/fire officials within much of its district boundaries.

The western boundary starts between Clay Springs and Pinedale at Pinedale Ridge Road and State Highway 260 and extends to the Mogollon Rim. The eastern boundary extends going east and includes all of the national forest to the Apache National Forest boundary.

This includes the forest roads within. Fines are imposed as part of these restrictions. No closures of the Black Mesa Ranger District which surrounds Heber Overgaard are in effect as of this writing or reported.

The Pine Meadows Country Club Women’s Golf Association is having a benefit “Golf for a Cure” set for Saturday, June 25 at Pine Meadows Country Club with registration starting at 7 a.m. The “shotgun start” will commence at 8 a.m. Call the Pine Meadows Country Club for more details at (928)535-4220.

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