Gilbert's Emergency Management program is responsible to reduce our vulnerabilities to hazards and build an efficient capacity to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from large scale emergencies and disasters; for the purpose of saving lives and preventing property damage. We utilize a whole community approach and seek to promote a safer less vulnerable community.
- Prescribed Burns Planned In Prescott Basin09/30/2014 3:46 PM
Fire managers on the Bradshaw Ranger District are planning to burn Thursday, Oct. 2, through Saturday, Oct. 4, pending favorable weather conditions.
Burning of debris left over from brush-crush thinning projects require moisture in the surrounding vegetation and typically produces much lighter smoke than broadcast burning.
Both projects are part of the ongoing fuels reduction work in the Prescott basin.
Black Jack Crush RX—Approximately 58 Acres (T14N, R3W, S33); located on the north side of Iron Springs Road, off Black Jack Spring and Skyline Drive.
- Flooding closes I-17 at Buckeye Road09/27/2014 4:00 PM
Flooding has closed both directions of Interstate 17 at Buckeye Road, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
ADOT advises drivers to exit well ahead of the area to avoid lengthy delays. Drivers on southbound I-17 should consider exiting onto I-10 eastbound at the “Stack” Interchange west of downtown Phoenix, while drivers on northbound I-17 should consider exiting onto I-10 westbound at the “Split” Interchange by Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.
There is no estimated time to reopen I-17.
Flooding has also closed the Greenway Road underpass at I-17.
- ADEQ Issues Ozone Health Watch for Thursday09/24/2014 2:05 PM
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has issued an Ozone Health Watch for Thursday, Sept. 24, for areas within and bordering Maricopa County.
ADEQ issues a health watch when the highest concentration of ozone or particulate matter levels may exceed the federal health standard.
People are encouraged to make voluntary efforts to limit activities that cause air pollution. People with respiratory or other health problems that make them more sensitive to air pollution are advised to limit their outdoor activity.
- Sitgreaves Complex Reaches Final Size09/23/2014 8:31 AM
The Sitgreaves Complex on the Williams Ranger District near Parks, Ariz., reached its final size of 11,080 acres earlier this month, improving overall forest health, wildlife habitat and community safety in an area that hadn’t seen significant fire in close to a century.
The lightning-caused Duck Fire was discovered July 7 about 3 miles northwest of Parks, and fire managers decided to allow it to continue burning as it would naturally as long as it could be safely managed while benefiting forest resources.
- Residents Impacted by Floodplain Map Change to Get Elevation Certificates09/22/2014 2:14 PM
The Pinal County Flood Control District has contracted with Olsson Associates, a local consulting firm, to complete new elevation certificates of residential structures that were included in the new 2014 Federal Emergency Management Agency's Flood Insurance Rate Maps within the City of Maricopa.
- High water in San Pedro River closes SR 92 south of Sierra Vista09/18/2014 11:44 AM
High water levels and debris in the San Pedro River have prompted a closure of State Route 92 just south of Sierra Vista, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.
The 11-mile closure begins about five miles south of Sierra Vista and continues on the highway toward Bisbee, from mileposts 329-340. Drivers can still go between Sierra Vista and Bisbee by using state routes 90s and 80.
- Sandbags Available at all City of Maricopa Fire Stations09/17/2014 2:39 PM
Sand bags are now available for distribution at the following City of Maricopa Fire Stations::
Fire Station 571 (Homestead)
20945 North Porter Road
Maricopa AZ, 85138
Fire Station 572 (Tortosa)
36930 W. Bowlin Road
Maricopa, AZ 85138
Fire Station 574 (Alterra)
44925 West Alterra Parkway
Maricopa, AZ 85139
Fire Station 575 (Acacia Crossings/Heritage District)
45695 W. Edison Road
Maricopa, AZ 85139
- Maricopa County Compiles List of Sand, Sandbag Locations09/17/2014 12:21 PM
In anticipation of heavy rainfall due to Hurricane Odile, the Flood Control District (FCD) of Maricopa County urges valley residents to prepare for possible flooding.
- Pinal County Braces for More Rain; Sandbags Available for Residents09/16/2014 2:39 PM
As Hurricane Odile makes its way northeast after striking the Baja Peninsula, Pinal County Public Works, along with the Emergency Management Department, are preparing for what the potential tropical storm might bring.
- ADOT to Ensure Roadway Safety as Storm Moves into State09/16/2014 2:17 PM
Following last week’s record rainfall in the Phoenix metropolitan area, the Arizona Department of Transportation is preparing for another tropical storm this week that is expected to bring more heavy rain and possible localized flooding to several regions of the state.
The National Weather Service is forecasting significant moisture in the state this week as a result of Hurricane Odile, which is making its way north into the Baja California, Mexico region.