Stage 1 Fire Restrictions Imposed in Show Low

Image result for no smoking imagesThe following was taken from the City of Show Low website. This information is being posted as clarification for the question posted to the earlier blog post regarding fire restrictions in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Please note the next to last paragraph.

Stage I Fire Restrictions Imposed in Show Low

Mayor signs emergency proclamation

SHOW LOW, Ariz. (April 20, 2018) – On April 23, 2018, at 12:01 a.m., Stage I fire restrictions go into effect within the City of Show Low. Mayor Daryl Seymore has issued an emergency proclamation indicating the following acts will be prohibited until further notice:

1.   Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire unless noted in the exemptions below.

2.   Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

3.   Used smoking materials will be extinguished and disposed of properly.

4.   Use of explosive targets or tracer round ammunition. The use and sale of fireworks of any kind are suspended in the City of Show Low until fire restrictions are lifted.

6.   The following are exempted from these restrictions:

a.   Persons with a written permit issued by other state or local governmental agencies that specifically authorize the otherwise prohibited act. (This does not include open burn permits. All open burn permits will be suspended until fire restrictions are lifted.)

b.   Any federal, state, or local officer or member of an organized firefighting force performing an official firefighting duty.

c.   Persons using a device solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.

d.   Fires used only for the cooking of food or for providing warmth for human beings or for recreational purposes (campfire and charcoal fires) in an area that is designed for that purpose and is barren and cleared of all debris.

e.   Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.

6.   During “Red Flag Warning” conditions, as posted by the U.S. Forest Service, no open outdoor fires, campfires, charcoal fires or outdoor smoking are permitted on either public or private property within the incorporated area of Show Low.

Those persons violating this ban on open fires and smoking may be charged with a class one misdemeanor and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

The restrictions will remain in effect until the fire danger abates and the proclamation is rescinded or if the proclamation is superseded by amended restrictions.

Fire Restrictions

Image result for forest fire images cartoonThe Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest implemented Stage 1 Fire Restrictions on April 23. This means campfires in designated developed campgrounds only and no smoking except in enclosed vehicles and buildings. It also means that it’s dangerously dry in the forest.

Let’s review how to get out of Dodge in the event of a fire or other emergency that would require rapid departure. You can leave via Vacation Village Drive which exits onto White Mountain Road. However, there are three other outlets. These are emergency exits and were required by the City of Show Low before approval of the different units.

Before we discuss those exits, let’s define “emergency”. Merriam-Webster defines emergency as “an unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action. A pre-evacuation notice is not an emergency as this notice would be issued giving people enough time to gather important papers and medications and to make decisions on what to do with pets. If a pre-evacuation order is turned into an actual evacuation, there should be time to leave in an orderly fashion. This would not result in a panic situation.

An emergency might occur as a result of a fire that starts in or very near the Village and is moving quickly. Under such a circumstance there might not be time to leave with anything but your life. In an instant such as this, you might feel compelled to use one of the three other exists. All three exit onto Ellsworth Road via breakaway or “crash” gates. There is a gate at Elizabeth and Ellsworth Heights Road in Unit 2, a gate at Recreation Loop and Ellsworth Heights Road and a gate at Mule Skinner Loop and Ellsworth Heights Road, both in Unit 4. These gates are fairly low and each is secured with a set of three padlocks (one is a fire department lock). Unlocking any of the three will open the gate.  However, you need only be concerned with the combination padlock. Most have been given the combination for these padlocks but here it is again – ZOOOO.

If you find yourself first in line at one of the crash gates and feel like there is no time to get out of your car to use the combination (ZOOOO), simply “crash” through the gate. It was designed for this. Your vehicle might incur damage but the people behind you will be grateful. Another option is to lay back and wait for someone else to crash through it first. However, by that time, you could have used the combination (ZOOOO) and saved your vehicle.

Let us hope we never have a situation where you would need to use the emergency exits. However, now everyone knows how to get out quickly and safely if the need arises. ZOOOO!