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Monday, 13 March 2017 07:11

Bill's Newscast: Wildfire Academy in Full Swing

The 15th Annual Wildfire and Incident Management Academy started Saturday morning.

Planning retreat in Dewe-Humboldt

The Dewey-Humboldt Town Council meets at 9 tomorrow morning for a special planning retreat. The first part of the retreat will focus on teambuilding, with discussion on generating effective communication, developing and strengthening trust and the power of collaboration and partnerships. The second part of the retreat will focus on planning issues for the town, including protection, preservation and preparedness. There will be discussion on challenges, opportunities, strengths and liabilities. The retreat, which will be held at Cherry Creek Ranch on Foothill Drive, is for discussion only and no Town Council action will be taken.

Road Delays on 89A between Sedona and Flagstaff

Watch for delays on Highway 89A between Sedona and Flagstaff this week. 89A will be reduced to 1 lane from near Grasshopper Point to the Pine Flats Campground from 8 am to 2 pm today through Friday. Flaggers will guide traffic in alternating directions through the work zone. Also on 89A, between Flagstaff and Oak Creek Canyon, work is taking place on an 8 mile stretch of roadway from 7:30 am to 4 pm today through Friday. Flaggers and a pilot car guide traffic through the work zone. Starting 1 week from today, this portion of the road will be closed nightly from 8 pm to 5 am.

Wildfire and Incident Management Academy at ERAU

More than 700 students from nineteen states are receiving wildfire training in Prescott this week. The 15th annual Wildfire and Incident Management Academy kicked off Saturday morning at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Saturday morning. Incident Management Team members have encouraged students to challenge their instructors and absorb as much information as possible during their time at the Academy. Incident Commander Todd Abel calls the Academy a great opportunity to bring personnel from all agencies together in 1 sitting. In addition to classes, there are also field exercises to reinforce what was learned in the classroom. Lessons learned are also used towards discussions that carry into the firefighter field. This year, about $3,000 has been donated to help provide scholarships to students. An Academy Tribute Night will be held at 4 tomorrow afternoon. The Academy concludes on Friday.

ADOT takes advantage of warm weather

One benefit of the warmer weather is it has helped ADOT crews catch up on road repairs. This week crews are scheduled to lay asphalt over the existing pavement to smooth rough sections of road along I-40 about 10 miles from the Town of Williams. Work is also taking place on I-40 between the Highway 93 junction and the Town of Seligman. Patchwork and overlay work is continuing on Highway 89A in Oak Creek Canyon. ADOT officials say potholes can pop up quickly when moisture seeps into and below asphalt, which in Northern Arizona can be stressed by the combination of freezing overnight temperatures and daytime thawing. Add heavy traffic and this stressed pavement can break away.

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