Smoke may be visible in the area due to prescribed burning this week. Pending favorable weather conditions, Bradshaw Ranger District Fire Managers plan to treat acreage in the Prescott basin. Prescott National Forest officials say plans are to continue burning 550 acres in the area near Ponderosa Park in Prescott. Fire Managers also plan on treating 848 acres in the Groom Creek area. Burning is set to occur tomorrow through Sunday, specific days to burn will be determined by the amount of rain received this week. Last week, Fire Managers completed treatment of 450 acres in the Ponderosa Park area.
Watch for delays in the Prescott Airport area. City of Prescott Street Maintenance crews will be reestablishing the drainage ditch on Melville Road. This work is scheduled to start today and run through Tuesday, October 27th. Work hours are 7 am to 2:30 pm each day. Traffic will be directed by flaggers and 1 lane of traffic will be open at all times. Use alternate routes when possible. Delays are also expected in the Horizon Hills and College Heights neighborhoods off Willow Creek Road. Crews have completed slurry seal coating in these areas and will now be raising utility covers. One lane of traffic is open at all times in both construction zones. Work hours for this project are 7 am to 6 pm today through Friday.
Verde Ranger District Fire Managers are expected to conduct prescribed burning through the middle of next month. Slash piles that are located near Mingus Springs Camp in Prescott are scheduled to be treated. Prescott National Forest officials say these piles are the result of ongoing forest thinning and harvest activities. Thirty-two hundred acres in the area of the Highway 169 and I-17 junction are also scheduled to be treated as well. Other areas on the schedule are 100 acres in the Federal Mine area near the Town of Cherry and 350 acres near
Highway 169. Fire Managers will be keeping an eye on the weather for the best times to burn and to keep smoke at a minimum in the area.
After getting rained out over the weekend, the Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce will be giving its Fall Festival another try. The Festival was scheduled to run from 9 to 4 on Saturday. However, Chamber officials decided to cancel the event that morning after 40 people, trucks and animals ended up soaking wet in the Chamber parking lot. Other participants were unable to get their trucks loaded at their homes due to the weather. The Festival was to include an arts and crafts show and sale, rummage and tack sale and the first annual chili challenge. No one wanted to run the risk of having their art, sculptures, crafts or other items ruined by the rain. Event organizers have decided to try and bring the Festival back on November 14th with as many of the key components as possible. The Chamber will be releasing more information as it becomes available.
Don’t put those umbrellas away just yet; more wet weather is on the way. The National Weather Service has forecast chances for showers and thunderstorms and cooler temperatures over Northern Arizona through Thursday. Meteorologist Chris Breckinridge says the beginning of the week will bring scattered showers.
Tonight thunderstorms could cause flash flooding in Yavapai County. County Emergency Management officials are reminding residents and visitors flash floods bring walls of water 10 to 15 feet high and a car can easily be carried away by just 2 feet of rushing water. Thunderstorm chances will continue through Thursday. A drying trend and a return to near normal temperatures is expected by this weekend.