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.
- Measles in Maricopa County Linked to Disneyland01/22/2015 11:45 AM
Maricopa County Department of Public Health has confirmed that a woman in her 50’s tested positive for measles after visiting Disneyland in mid-December. The woman has since recovered. During her infectious period, she had little exposure to Maricopa County residents. Public Health is aware of those individuals whom she may have exposed and those people are being directly contacted to ensure they do not have symptoms related to measles.
- Pile Burning Planned January 14-16 in the Prescott Basin 01/13/2015 7:07 PM
Fire managers on the Bradshaw Ranger District are planning to burn Wednesday, January 14 through Friday, January 16, pending favorable weather conditions. Specific days to burn will be determined by current and expected weather patterns allowing fire managers to make every effort to minimize smoke impacts to nearby communities.
- Maricopa County Asks Residents to 'Resolve to be Ready' in 2015; Survey Opens Today01/12/2015 9:50 AM
Is preparedness not on this year’s list of resolutions? Maybe it should be. This year’s flooding events in Maricopa County make the question timelier than ever. The Maricopa County Department of Emergency Management is releasing its annual survey and encouraging residents to provide input into the planning process while gauging their own readiness.
- Prescribed Burns Planned on Tonto NF01/08/2015 3:23 PM
Fire specialists from the Tonto National Forest (NF) will begin prescribed fire treatments on Monday, Jan. 12.
The 140-acre treatment in Bonita Creek will eliminate vegetative debris piles. This treatment is expected to last one to two days, and smoke will be moderate during burning operations. During the day, smoke will impact Bonita and Ellison creeks. Residual smoke in the evening hours will impact Whispering Pines and Ellison Creek Estates due to cold, still winter air.
- Smoke from Hart Prairie Pile Burn to Linger01/07/2015 3:39 PM
Crews completed ignitions on the Hart Prairie piles. Smoke will continue to be visible for the next couple days as the piles smolder.
For the rest of the week, as conditions allow:
Crews will continue to burn on the Mountainaire Project south of Flagstaff and east of Lake Mary. Smoke is expected to disperse to the west toward Pumphouse Wash and Kelly Canyon. It will be visible from Flagstaff and may be noticeable in Kachina Village, Mountainaire and along I-17.
- Apache-Sitgreaves NFs Plan Prescribed Burn West of Heber-Overgaard01/07/2015 7:54 AM
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (NFs) fire managers on the Black Mesa Ranger District plan to burn piles today and tomorrow, Jan. 7 and 8.
The planned prescribed burns are in the area near Hilltop Circle K, and west of Heber-Overgaard (and north of Upper Sharp – T12N, R16E, Sec. 29 and 32). Black Mesa Ranger District fire crews will burn piles which require more moisture.
- Apache-Sitgreaves NFs Plan Pile Burns Near Pinetop-Lakeside, Greer01/06/2015 8:14 AM
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (NFs) fire managers on the Lakeside Ranger and Springerville ranger districts plan to conduct pile burns today, weather conditions permitting.
The planned prescribed burns are in the Morgan Wash area, west of Porter Mountain Estates off Forest Road 45; and the area of Water Canyon Pit, Greer Pit and Greens Peak Hideaway Pit, where crews will burn approximately 100 acres near the southwest end of Forest Road 87.
- Prescribed Burning to Continue West of Colcord Estates01/05/2015 3:57 PM
Fire specialists from the Tonto National Forest, Pleasant Valley Ranger District will conduct prescribed fire treatments west of Colcord Estates on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 6 and 7.
This 50-acre treatment will include burning debris piles in these areas. During the day, smoke may impact the communities of Colcord Estates, Ponderosa Springs and Gordon Canyon Estates. Smoke will be visible from State Highway 260. Smoke should dissipate quickly after burning operations cease; however, residual smoke may linger into Thursday.
- Pile Burning Planned This Week in the Prescott Basin01/05/2015 10:06 AM
Fire managers on the Bradshaw Ranger District of the Prescott National Forest (NF) plan to burn tomorrow, Jan. 6, through Friday, Jan. 9, pending favorable weather conditions.
The burning of debris left over from thinning projects requires moisture in the surrounding vegetation and typically produces much lighter smoke than broadcast burning. Pile burning is one piece of the ongoing fuels reduction work in the Prescott basin.
Spruce Mtn Road Piles – Approximately 50 Acres (T13N, R2W, S25); located east of the community of Groom Creek off Spruce Mountain Road.
- ADEQ Issues High Pollution Advisory for New Year's Day12/31/2014 12:38 PM
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has issued a PM-2.5 High Pollution Advisory for tomorrow, Jan. 1, for areas in 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.