Never Too Soon To Get Ready For Fire Season

The devastation from the Dude Fire can still be seen in Rim Country.

The devastation from the Dude Fire can still be seen in Rim Country.


Hello again, fellow Creekers.

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner. I have to admit the only thing I really ever knew about it until recently is that it was a holiday on May 5.

It originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War, and today the date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. 

Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Department will be the food vendor at Chapman Auto’s Corvette Show in Payson on May 11. If you’re in town, come in for a brat or hot dog and see some cool cars.

Vendors are also needed for the upcoming local Arts, Crafts and Brats Festival, which is over Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 25. Please call Linda at (928) 478-4011 for more details, or get an information packet.

I know it is short notice, but there is still money available from the state for fuel reduction, so Sam Seay is looking for 35 acres to treat. This is a 90 percent to 10 percent match and is really a good deal. He already has a commitment from three property owners of 16 acres, but still needs 19 more acres. If you wish to participate, please let him know as soon as possible. Sam Seay can be reached at (928) 478-4011.

As we start to enter into the nice, warmer temperatures, it is never too early to start thinking about fire safety. Recent talk about forest fires reminded some folks about the aftermath of the Dude Fire. Dean Shields was working at the Christopher Creek Lodge back then and she remembers ashes were falling on the cars. This devastating fire took the lives of six firefighters, more than 24,000 acres burned and about 60 homes were destroyed, including author Zane Grey’s historic cabin. More than 2,600 people fought the fire and more than 1,100 residents were temporarily evacuated before it was contained in early July. And we’ve had other devastating fires in the high country much more recently as well. Just a reminder that fire safety affects all of us.

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 email me at: info@ 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.

Thanks again for reading the column.



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