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Title: The Prescott Story


1
Backyards and Beyond 2006
  • The Prescott Story

2
Darrell Willis, Fire Chief
3
Prescott
  • Central AZ Highlands
  • Elevation 5300 Feet
  • Nestled in a Basin
  • Surrounded by National Forest Undeveloped
    State Land
  • Prevailing SW Winds

4
Prescott
  • Vegetation Prescott Basin
  • Ponderosa Pine
  • Heavy Chaparral FM4
  • Average Rainfall 16 1/2 inches per year

5
Prescott Basin Values at Risk
  • 28,400 acres
  • 52,000 residents
  • 21,000 homes
  • Assessed Value Over 3 billion dollars.

6
City of Prescott Values at Risk
  • 8,392 acres
  • 38,180 residents
  • 13,911 homes
  • Assessed value of 2 billion

7
PAWUIC INCEPTION
  • 1990
  • City Manager
  • Chairman of Yavapai County Board or Supervisors
  • Prescott National Forest Supervisor

8
Key Agencies
  • Prescott National Forest
  • Arizona State Land Department
  • City of Prescott Fire Department
  • Central Yavapai Fire District
  • Yavapai County Emergency Management Department

9
Beginning Steps
  • Improve cooperation between all fire agencies
  • Joint Exercises
  • Educate Community
  • Wildfire Town Meeting
  • Defensible Space Sign Placement

10
Cooperative Efforts
We do not do it alone
11
Participating Agencies
  • Prescott National Forest
  • Arizona State Land Department
  • City of Prescott Fire Department
  • Central Yavapai Fire District
  • Yavapai County Emergency Management Department
  • Prescott Police Department
  • Yavapai County Sheriffs Department

12
It all starts with a relationship
13
Continues With A Plan
14
Operations Plan
  • Incident Notification
  • Resource Management
  • Communications
  • Operating guidelines
  • Evacuation procedures
  • Updated annually

15
Specialized Equipment
  • Structure Protection Trailer
  • Wood Chippers
  • Yavapai County Chipper Crew
  • Defensible Space / Fire Crew

16
Timber Ridge
17
First Firewise Subdivision
  • Timber Ridge
  • Pilot Firewise Project
  • 5th anniversary
  • Overlapping Home Ignition Zones

18
Timber Ridge
  • Projects to do
  • Reduce Fuel
  • Thin out Ponderosa Pines
  • Clear Easements
  • Replace flammable roofs with non-flammable
    alternatives
  • Keep area free of vegetation debris
  • Cover Roof Vents
  • Treat Common Areas

19
Other Successful Subdivisions
  • Kingswood
  • Highland Pines
  • Government Canyon
  • Eagle Ridge
  • Rancho Vista
  • The Ranch
  • Haisley
  • Hidden Valley
  • Yakashaba

20
Successful Subdivisions
  • Firewise Requirements
  • Sponsor Firewise task force
  • Enlist wildland urban interface specialist to
    create solution
  • Invest minimum of 2.00 annually per capital in
    Firewise Program
  • Observe a Firewise Community Day
  • Submit an annual report to Firewise
  • Recertified in 2005

21
Treatment Areas
22
Defensible Space
23
The Solution
Reduce Vegetative Fuels Reduce Structural
Fuels Reduced Fire Problem
First in Arizona to Adopt U/W/I Code 2000
24
The Solution
  • International Urban-Wildland Interface Code
  • City of Prescott recently adopted the 2003 code
  • 2006 version will be adopted in January 2007

25
Defensible SpaceHome Factors
  • Roofing Material
  • Construction Material
  • Slope of property
  • Topography
  • Size Type Vegetation on Property

26
Defensible Space Management Zone
  • Zone 1
  • 10 Around Structure
  • Clear all Flammables
  • Zone 2
  • 30 Around Structure
  • Fuel Reduction
  • Zone 3
  • Extend to Property Line
  • Thin Trees/Shrubs
  • 10 between crowns

27
Wildfire Risk Reduction Services
  • Original Brush Crew
  • Foreman
  • 2 Saw Operators
  • 2 Equipment Operators
  • 6 Brush Haulers
  • Cleared Private Property
  • Summer seasonals

28
Wildfire Risk Reduction Services
  • Risk Assessments
  • Reduce residential fuel loads
  • Free Chipping
  • Brush Work Crew
  • SFA Grant 50/50
  • 10 FTEs

29
Wildfire Risk Reduction Services
  • Wildland Fire Risk
  • Hazard Severity Assessment
  • Preplan Mapping

Before
After
30
Wildfire Risk Reduction Services
  • New Construction
  • Must Comply with 2003 U/W/I Code
  • Provide Vegetation Management Plan
  • Site Inspection of Property

31
Wildfire Risk Reduction Services
  • Diseased Tree Removal Program
  • Removed gt 10,000 Ponderosa Pine Trees

32
Wildfire Risk Reduction Services
  • Fuels Management Crew
  • Clears vegetation
  • NWCG Qualified
  • Type l Crew
  • 21 PERSONNEL
  • 1 - Crew Supervisor
  • 1 - Crew Captain
  • 2 - Squad Bosses
  • 4 - 2 Person Saw Teams
  • 6 - Firefighters
  • 2 - Crew Representatives

33
3 Year Mitigation Results
  • 25 of Homes Treated
  • 7100 Acres
  • 4,600 Homes
  • 12,500 Citizens Protected
  • 12,600 tons of slash has been disposed of

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Means of Fuel Reduction
Mechanical
After
Before
37
Means of Fuel Reduction
By Hand
After
Before
38
OngoingEducational Efforts
  • Annual Town Hall
  • Homeowner Groups Annual Contact
  • Reminders to Residents
  • Public Education

39
Website Locations
  • www.regionalinfo-alert.org
  • www.fire.cityofprescott.net
  • www.firewise.org

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New Programs
  • HFEDT Healthy Forest Economic Development Team
  • Encourage development of local forest products
    industry
  • Scaled to local forest yields of various types of
    biomass
  • Business Ideas
  • Small Scale Milling
  • Power Generation
  • Commercial Heating Projects
  • Wood Pellet Production

42
New Programs
  • Community Wildfire Protection Plan
  • Prescott Basin
  • Surrounding Communities
  • 1 million acres
  • 6.6 Billion in structures

43
New Programs
  • Project Learning Tree
  • University of Arizona Extension Service
  • Local Schools

44
Lessons Learned
  • We are dealing with a continuous process
  • Patience and Persistence
  • Neighborhood Advocates are essential
  • Proof that mitigation works

45
Reasons for Success
  • Strong Support of member agencies
  • Strong Support of local organizations
  • Homeowner Organizations
  • Unpaid, Dedicated, Hard-Working Volunteers
  • NASA/Prescott College sustainability project
  • Strong Support of local companies
  • Arizona Public Service
  • University of AZ Extension Service
  • State Farm Insurance
  • CommSPEED

46
Indian Fire
47
Questions Answers?
Community Involvement
Defensible Space
UWIC 2003
Firewise
Education
PAWUIC Cooperative efforts
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