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A bear had to be euthanized after wandering from Prescott to Anthem.

Current road work in the Prescott area.

Now that the Memorial Day holiday is over, work is getting started on repairs on Willow Creek and Iron Springs Road in Prescott.  Technology Construction Incorporated, in partnership with Yavapai County Public Works, will be performing construction on Iron Springs Road starting today.  Work includes removing half the current bridge deck, replacing steel stringers, repairing cracks, placing new guardrail and resurfacing the new bridge deck.  Work hours are 7 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Thursday.  A 24 hour temporary traffic signal will be in place at the bridge.  This project is expected to be completed September 20th.   

In the areas of Willow Creek Road and Highway 89, asphalt pavement preservation work is taking place along Assurance Way, the Crossings, Pleasant Valley Drive, Lakeside Vista, Verde Estates, Willow Hills and Cloudstone.  Work hours are today through Saturday from 7 am to 7 pm.  

"A fed bear is a dead bear," states the AZGF website.

A bear that was captured in Prescott and released nearly 2 weeks ago in the Prescott area has been euthanized after it was seen in a residential area in Anthem.  The bear was spotted near a country club Sunday night and again yesterday morning. Somehow the bear managed to travel more than 40 miles from Prescott to Phoenix before it showed up in the front yard of Anthem homeowner Mia Kruk. Another bear was seen walking through a Mesa neighborhood earlier this month, which doesn’t surprise Darren Julian from the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The bear was euthanized because it was considered a threat to public safety.  Due to dry conditions in the area and across the state, wildlife is forced into human areas in search of food and water.  

For more information, see the Living with Bears brochure from Arizona Game & Fish.

Sycamore Canyon Fire

Firefighters are currently battling a 75 acre fire near Sedona.  The Sycamore Canyon Fire was reported after 10 yesterday morning and it continues to burn in rugged terrain consisting mostly of pinyon juniper.  Coconino National Forest Service spokesman Brady Smith calls this a rugged wilderness area with limited access. Smith explains 4 helicopters, 2 aircraft, 5 crews and 3 engines are fighting this fire. Smith explains the fire behavior isn’t too bad. Smith says it’s not known how the fire started, but it’s suspected to be human caused. The origin of the fire has been determined to be on the west side of Sycamore Canyon in the Prescott National Forest.  No structures are immediately being threatened at this time.  

 

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