First - We need your help - our personnel have been distracted from their duties responding to rumors and information seen on social media. The ONLY information sent from our official accounts and through CodeREd - YCSO's Emergency Notification System is verified. We will be posting updates. Please sign up for CodeRED today!
Second, we want everyone to know - despite seeing the large plumes of smoke throughout the county - very few structures in any of the communities affected by these fires are in imminent danger as of right now. Please follow the Ready, Set, Go notifications when you are alerted. You can receive notifications by signing up for CodeRED.
The fire is approximately 730 acres. Overnight in Yavapai County, there were no changes to the Rock Butte fire. Therefore, some residents in the north part of the Paulden area remain in "Ready" or "Set" status.
It is currently 250 acres. The community in the Lions Canyon Road area is still in various stages of the "Ready, Set, Go Status. So far, 8 homes were notified to evacuate. The evacuation center, which opened last night at Ash Fork School, is now closed.
Backbone Fire: The Backbone fire is currently over 32,000 acres. At this time - no homes in the Camp Verde area are under any evacuation orders. However, we recommend that people in Verde Lakes and communities along Salt Mine Road review emergency preparedness recommendations and have a plan in place in case they need to evacuate. Ready.gov has information on making preparations.
Fire crews have already completed protective measures to protect the homes in these communities, including dozer lines, and are actively monitoring the situation. The Sheriff's Office also has fire observers positioned between these communities and the fire's edge actively monitoring and will send out updates via CodeRED - YCSO's Emergency Notification System if these communities are threatened.
Just a reminder, we are in stage 2 fire restrictions.
Please continue to get your information from verified sources. Sign up for CodeRed - so we can keep you informed on when it's time to evacuate! Click on this link: https://www.ycsoaz.gov/community/Emergency-Preparedness/Emergency-Notification-System.
We also want you to know that we have many resources in the field to help ensure public safety. The personnel used to secure the fire scenes and protect the public are the same workers and volunteers that may be called away to assist in other emergency matters. In recent weeks we have responded to several cases of hikers becoming lost or overcome by severe heat-related issues. Often these hikers don't have sufficient water, experience, or the physical ability to withstand extreme temperatures. We ask everyone to be mindful of the severe weather we are experiencing and to adjust recreational plans accordingly.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation. We also appreciate all the volunteers who are out helping with these fires. For the latest updates, please keep checking our Facebook page.