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.
- Be Bear Aware when visiting the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests 04/20/2015 5:25 PM
During spring and summer, bear activity intensifies making them more likely to come into contact with people. There are some basic safety precautions to take to avoid conflict with bears while visiting any National Forest. One of those special occasions while enjoying any National Forest is when you spot wildlife, especially large mammals such as black bears! But, while you are enjoying one of those rare moments of seeing a bear in the wild, precautions need to be taken to provide for your safety and avoid conflicts with bears.
- Prescribed Burning Planned at Tumacácori National Historical Park04/17/2015 3:01 PM
The National Park Service plans to burn several piles of woody debris at Tumacácori National Historical Park later this month. Although the project’s target date is during the week of April 20, 2015, the piles will only be burned if and when environmental conditions are favorable and adequate fire management resources are available.
- Coconino NF Plans Prescribed Burns for Tomorrow, Next Week04/16/2015 3:41 PM
Fire managers on Coconino National Forest (NF) are planning a prescribed burn for tomorrow as part of the Rocky Project and also for next week in areas near Stoneman Lake and Happy Jack, which will be visible to travelers along Interstate 17 and Lake Mary Road.
- Wildfire Preparedness Meeting Scheduled for Apache County Residents04/14/2015 12:11 PM
Local fire departments, the U.S. Forest Service, Emergency Preparedness, Apache County Sheriff’s Office and managers of the Apache County Hazardous Fuels Reduction Grant Program will present wildfire information and preparedness at the Eagar Town Hall on April 28 at 6 p.m.
- Red Flag Warning in Effect Today for North Kaibab, Tusayan Districts04/14/2015 8:11 AM
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for today from noon to 8 p.m. that covers the North Kaibab and Tusayan ranger districts of the Kaibab National Forest, as well as other areas of Northern Arizona, due to strong winds and low relative humidity.
- Prescribed Burn Planned for 600 acres in Greer Area04/08/2015 5:03 PM
The Springerville Ranger District is planning on burning tomorrow weather permitting. They plan to burn approximately 600 acres under the Greer burn plan just north of Arizona State Highways 260 and 373, which is the road leading to Greer.
Smoke will be seen from Round Valley, Arizona State Highway 260, U.S. Highway 60 and along Forest Road 118. The burn is for maintenance and improvement of wildlife habitat and to reduce hazardous fuels.
- Northern Arizona Fire Managers Issue 'Moderate' Fire Danger Rating04/07/2015 9:31 AM
Effective immediately, fire managers are raising the fire danger rating to “moderate” across the Williams Ranger District, Tusayan Ranger District and the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
The fire danger rating on the North Kaibab Ranger District and the North Zone of the Grand Canyon National Park remain low, but North Zone fire managers are continuously monitoring conditions on the Kaibab Plateau and will increase fire danger levels to moderate when appropriate.
- Spring Fire Safety 04/07/2015 8:36 AM
Spring in central Arizona brings wind, warm days, cool nights and is the season for yard work and getting outdoors to enjoy a hike, go for a bike ride, or camping. Fire Officials want to remind visitors that we all have a role to play in preventing human-caused fires. Fire dangers are not uniform across the landscape, some areas, due to more or less precipitation, varying elevation and temperature will dry faster than others. This means that fire dangers can vary over relatively short distances and can change quickly in short periods of time.
- Basin Operation Drill to be held in Prescott April 704/03/2015 2:26 PM
The annual “Basin Operation Drill” is focused on interagency cooperation in a wildland fire setting and provide local resources the training needed in the event of a multiple agency response of a wildfire. The 2015 drill will focus on Engine Company training stations to insure continuity between responding departments. The drill will also include components of air operations and law enforcement.
- Springtime Means Warmer Weather and Busy Bees04/01/2015 8:24 AM
As the temperature starts to rise, so does the number of bee encounters we will have around the valley. This time of year bees become more active as they pollinate new agriculture growth, produce honey, and grow their hive. These are all good things, but occasionally the bees will move in a little too close to our homes. Bees like places that give them protection such as valve boxes and under eaves.