Walker Fire

Walker Fire The Walker Fire Protection Association serves the community of Walker which is near Prescott, AZ. We are an all volunteer, donations-based department. This page will provide updates about what is going on, what we need and other announcements.
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We were not expecting any more daily updates but here it is. All still good.
07/15/2020

We were not expecting any more daily updates but here it is. All still good.

#SlateFire 7/14/2020 - The Slate Fire which is burning 8 miles south of Prescott in brush and timber is holding at 10 acres with 35% containment. Firefighters reported minimal fire activity overnight and light smoke. Today they will continue to secure the fires perimeter by constructing containment lines and extinguishing hotspots. Helicopters will continue with water drops over the fire as needed to soak hotspots and smoldering fuels. (7/13/20 photo courtesy of air attack.)

Remember - IF YOU FLY WE CANT
#NoDroneZone

07/13/2020

Prescott NF just put out a press release (yet to hit their social media accounts) that work continues today on the Slate Fire but that at this point, fire behavior does not warrant any further daily updates unless something drastically bad happens.

Still work to be done but "very little smoke is visible this evening with minimal fire activity."https://twitter.com/Pre...
07/13/2020
Prescott NF on Twitter

Still work to be done but "very little smoke is visible this evening with minimal fire activity."
https://twitter.com/PrescottNF/status/1282481794965803010

“7/12 @1800 Slate Fire - Air resources did an incredible job keeping the fire at approx 10 acres while crews continue working on creating access routes to the fire. Very little smoke is visible this evening with minimal fire activity. The cause of the fire is unknown.”

Progress being made (link should work even if you don't have a Twitter account).https://twitter.com/PrescottNF/status/12...
07/12/2020
Prescott NF on Twitter

Progress being made (link should work even if you don't have a Twitter account).
https://twitter.com/PrescottNF/status/1282426986825228288

“7/12 @1430 Slate Fire - Air resources are on scene working to stop forward progression as crews working on access. Holding at 10 acres, there are 2 Large Air Tankers, 2 Helicopters, 2 Hotshot Crews, Prescott Crew 2 and several engines on scene.”

U.S. Forest Service - Prescott National Forest
07/12/2020

U.S. Forest Service - Prescott National Forest

Firefighters are responding to the Slate Fire, approx 8 miles south of Prescott near Mt Tritle. The fire is approx 10 acres burning in brush and timber. Please stay out of the area and drive cautiously along Senator Hwy, be alert as emergency vehicles are en route. Photo- looking north from Lookout Mtn.

Walker Fire was dispatched to Potato Patch over concern that someone was running their chainsaw for while without being ...
07/11/2020

Walker Fire was dispatched to Potato Patch over concern that someone was running their chainsaw for while without being certain whether the saw had a spark arrestor. Only chainsaws with spark arrestors are permitted during the ban. A saw would have to be very old to not have a spark arrestor. Very old.

New fundraiser to support Walker Fire! The bricks will be placed at the fire house. Please message us and we can put you...
07/09/2020

New fundraiser to support Walker Fire! The bricks will be placed at the fire house. Please message us and we can put you in touch with Karla, who is organizing the fund raiser. Thank you!

UPDATE UPDATE No smoke found, no smoke visible from the Forest Service Tower.Smoke investigation in Potato Patch, nothin...
07/06/2020

UPDATE UPDATE No smoke found, no smoke visible from the Forest Service Tower.

Smoke investigation in Potato Patch, nothing found yet, investigating further

Walker Fire has had a busy weekend with three calls in 12 hours (a lot for us) including the need for a helicopter this ...
07/05/2020

Walker Fire has had a busy weekend with three calls in 12 hours (a lot for us) including the need for a helicopter this morning. Thanks to patient residents who waited for the helicopter to land and then take off.

One more.
07/04/2020

One more.

4th of July training day, drafting.
07/04/2020

4th of July training day, drafting.

Happy 4th of July from Walker Fire!
07/04/2020

Happy 4th of July from Walker Fire!

Walker Fire Department remembers the Granite Mountain Hotshots.
06/30/2020

Walker Fire Department remembers the Granite Mountain Hotshots.

Please take a moment today to remember the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew who perished on this day in 2013 fighting the Y...
06/30/2020

Please take a moment today to remember the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew who perished on this day in 2013 fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire, a tragedy that changed all of our lives. The last time they helped us in Walker was in late May of that year on the Green Gate Fire. Walker Fire mourns their loss and honors their memory.

Walker is smack in the middle of the 'critical' area. It looks like like temperatures might be low for a few day but the...
06/28/2020

Walker is smack in the middle of the 'critical' area. It looks like like temperatures might be low for a few day but the rain might be late again. Where 90% of wildfires are human caused, it is up to us to be smart and attentive.

Don't worry, the picture is from two years ago. Late June into early July until the rain starts is when our community is...
06/25/2020

Don't worry, the picture is from two years ago. Late June into early July until the rain starts is when our community is at the greatest risk for a wildfire blowing up into something serious. Over the years we've had several serious fires start in this time frame. Please be extra careful, extra attentive and talk to friends and neighbors about the heightened risk.

Useful, regarding Covid from NWCG
06/23/2020

Useful, regarding Covid from NWCG

Walker Fire training today. We continue to respond to calls while practicing distancing and wearing masks when indoors. ...
06/20/2020

Walker Fire training today. We continue to respond to calls while practicing distancing and wearing masks when indoors. Stay smart, stay safe.

06/07/2020

ATTN: AIRBNB/VRBO owners: Tonight Walker Fire was called out to an Airbnb rental in Potato Patch for renters having a camp fire in the back of the home despite they're driving past more than a dozen fire ban signs on the way to your cabin. The renters were of course not forthcoming about their fire because although it was out when we arrived, the logs/ashes were still warm. Please educate your renters about the fire ban.

Fire ban signs are starting to get posted around Walker. An email exchange last week with county Emergency Management in...
06/01/2020

Fire ban signs are starting to get posted around Walker. An email exchange last week with county Emergency Management informed us that restrictions start today. Please comply, no outside activities involving fire, sparks, shooting and so on. About the only activity allowed is cooking with propane.

We received word late last night that Yavapai County will be implementing burn restrictions for 2020 on June 1st. Grilli...
05/29/2020

We received word late last night that Yavapai County will be implementing burn restrictions for 2020 on June 1st. Grilling with propane is about the only outside activity that is allowed. Any work that could create a spark, any sort of warming fire even smoking outside is prohibited under the ban. We will share or excerpt the county's press release when it is published. Please tell your neighbors and guests. Thank you.

Thanks very much for the shout out!
05/22/2020

Thanks very much for the shout out!

Let’s give it up for the Walker Fire Department, the latest crew to be honored in our Circleback6 blog photo gallery. Thanks Matt Greenhalgh! 🚒

This is currently parked behind the pump house at the station without permission and impedes our ability to refill the w...
05/12/2020

This is currently parked behind the pump house at the station without permission and impedes our ability to refill the water tenders.

05/05/2020
Prescott National Forest - News & Events

The Prescott National Forest is escalating restrictions to now include no shooting on Federal land as we move further into the fire season.
https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/prescott/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD733815

Prescott, AZ – May 5, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, Southwestern Region is enacting a recreational shooting restriction for the Coronado, Prescott and Tonto National Forests to reduce wildfires and to protect the health and safety of employees and communities.

May 4th is St. Florian Day. St. Florian is the patron saint of firefighters.
05/04/2020

May 4th is St. Florian Day. St. Florian is the patron saint of firefighters.

04/21/2020

The Forest Service is banning campfires for land under its jurisdiction as of tomorrow at 5pm.

The WFPA is asking that you not have any campfires or warming fires or do any other sort of burning on your property until after the fire season ends which typically happens with the monsoon rains in July. We understand these fires are a tradition and it will be a sacrifice for some.

This is simply a request. We have no ban on private property in Walker until Yavapai County tells us we do and again, that has not happened yet.

The vast majority of wildfires are human caused, including campfires. The hope is that by limiting campfires now, before the fire danger escalates, it will reduce the total number of fires this year. Fighting wildfires requires large crews working in close contact which of course undermines the idea of physical distancing as means to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus. If one person on a Forest Service crew contracts the virus, the Forest Service might have to pull that entire crew offline to quarantine. If a crew is forced to quarantine it greatly reduces the firefighting capacity in the area. It should be obvious that this is a suboptimal outcome.

Also, because neighbors often report smoke even in raining season and our volunteers respond to all calls. Given the times it’s just better if we do not expose them to anymore risks than we have to.

If there is a wildfire in Walker, the Forest Service will come to help but it is in our interest to do what we can now to reduce the number of fires we have this year. While we take fire ban instructions from the county we are asking that you consider not having any camp fires or warming fires or do any other sort of burning on your property until after the fire season ends which typically happens with the monsoon rains in July.

Thank you for your consideration.

Roger Nusbaum
Fire Chief

Stay strong, stay smart, stay home (as much as you can).
03/24/2020

Stay strong, stay smart, stay home (as much as you can).

03/22/2020

Covid 19 protocol:

Like most fire departments, Walker Fire is implementing a protocol that we believe will promote safety for our patients and their families as well as our firefighters.

If you call 911, depending on your general complaint, the 911 operator may ask you questions related to Covid 19 and then relay your answers to us in the dispatching process. When we arrive we would likely confirm what the dispatcher told us and be wearing extra protective equipment that you might think looks like a hazmat suit. If possible for the patient to do, we may ask them to come outside if it is a warm sunny day. If it is nightime and cold then we would likely assess the patient inside but may ask to open a couple of windows and leave the door open.

If Covid 19 is suspected but the patient does not need oxygen as part of their treatment, we may ask the patient to wear an N-95 mask that Walker Fire would provide.

When the call is over whether the patient has been transported to the hospital or not we will go through a decontamination onscene before getting back in our vehicles. This would simply consist of spraying down our equipment and taking it off correctly.

Thank you,

Both sad and difficult, the more seriously we take this, the better our chances for a faster resolution and return to a ...
03/21/2020
Bars, gyms, theaters to close as Yavapai County follows Ducey’s COVID-19 orders

Both sad and difficult, the more seriously we take this, the better our chances for a faster resolution and return to a more normal routine. Stay strong and stay smart.

Bars, gyms and movie theaters in Yavapai County are being notified to close per Gov. Doug Ducey’s orders, said Terri Farneti, public health coordinator with Yavapai County Community Health Services.

03/19/2020

UPDATE: The power line has been de-energized so the hazard is no more. We do not know if/when any issues with power will be restored. Although the hazard should be resolved we would encourage caution if you need to drive through that area.

There is a power line down on Sheldon Rd fairly close to the bottom of the hill. The wire is live and smoking in the snow. APS is unable to provide an ETA for a repair. PLEASE USE EXTREME CAUTION.

03/17/2020

Coronavirus Update from Walker Fire

We are now several weeks into this event but we want the community to know that Walker Fire is still open for business to respond to emergencies. If you need the fire department, it is crucial that you inform the 911 operator if you have any flu like symptoms. We will still come but we have masks that should protect us from catching any sort of illness.

By now we all know to wash our hands regularly, avoid touching our faces and practice social distancing. We would also add that getting a little bit of exercise and prudent exposure to the sun can also help bolster immune systems. We’ve also heard repeatedly that any precautions might not be for ourselves if we are low risk but for other family members or neighbors who might be at higher risk of having problems if they contract the virus.

In Walker, we know about social distancing from when we have big snowstorms. Speaking of which, weather.com’s forecast as of early Tuesday shows 5-8 inches during the day on Wednesday and another 3-5 inches Wednesday night. Please make sure any part of your driveway or road that you’re responsible for maintaining, gets plowed or otherwise cleared of snow in case we need to get to you in an emergency. We’ll get out of our truck and walk if we have to but it would probably take a while to march through a foot of snow, carrying medical equipment.

Thank you, be smart, stay safe and remember that this will end, we may not know when it will end but it will end.

Roger Nusbaum
Fire Chief

02/25/2020

APS will be flying a helicopter in and out of the area by the firehouse on Tuesday, February 25 as part of its process for installing new poles in the area. Expect delays around the firehouse in both directions off and on tomorrow.

12/27/2019

After early morning shoveling at 6600', there was 1"-3" of new snow overnight. What was you accumulation total and elevation?

Just a reminder that we get a treacherous sheet of ice right by the firehouse every year. A couple of winters ago we had...
12/18/2019

Just a reminder that we get a treacherous sheet of ice right by the firehouse every year. A couple of winters ago we had a rollover accident here.

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5881 S Walker Rd
Prescott, AZ
86303

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We were a team for this fire and a good one. Thanks to all of those who helped on this fire. We are brothers.