Christopher Creek Residents Hear Report On Poco Fire

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Hello again, fellow Creekers.

There was a Poco Fire briefing at the Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Department Station 51 in Christopher Creek Wednesday, June 20. Tommie Martin, Gila County Board of Supervisors chair, was present to explain the county’s role in the fighting of the Poco Fire.

Martin explained that the county had to declare an emergency in order to free up funds for the county and associated agencies to acquire and spend funds for restoration and evacuations if needed. She also explained that any closures and restrictions called for by the U.S. Forest Service are automatically enacted and enforced by Gila County and the fines are quite heavy if someone is caught violating those restrictions and closures.

The Poco Fire Incident Team is currently reducing the number of firefighting resources and will be returning the control of fighting the fire back to the Tonto National Forest.

We thank Incident Commander Matt Reidy and his team for their safe and efficient operation of the Poco Fire. They had only one injury that was treated at the hospital (a broken leg) and we wish that firefighter a speedy recovery.

Fire season is not over, please abide by the restrictions and closures and have a safe and happy Fourth of July.

Also, remember the Christopher Creek Independence Day Parade is this Saturday, June 30, starting at 1 p.m. All patriotically decorated vehicles and walking participants are welcome. Participants will begin to line up in front of Tall Pines Market at 12:30 p.m.

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: info@christophercreeklodge.com. 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.

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