Prescott National Forest fire officials plan on burning 15 hundred acres tomorrow. Weather conditions permitting, the burn will take place 30 miles northwest of Prescott and west of Camp Wood Mountain. There may be traffic delays on Forest Road 14 due to smoke, so visitors are asked to be cautious while driving in the area. Officials note prescribed burns help remove dead vegetation, invigorate the plant and animal communities, promote a healthy watershed and help return fire to its natural role in the ecosystem. There are a variety of vegetation types within the forest and each type requires specific treatments to reduce hazardous fuels.
The Highway 69 and 89 traffic interchange has reached a major milestone. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, completion of final striping operations signifies the end of major project operations. With this work complete, the project team will completely open the traffic interchange. Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians visiting the area are invited to share in project success as they travel through the improved interchange. While no traffic control is anticipated, crews will remain in the project area to perform incidental work, such as off-roadway concrete work and landscaping.
ADOT is reminding motorists that trucks over 50 feet in length are prohibited from driving on highway 89A in the Mingus Mountain area. That rule applies to northbound traffic beginning at milepost 320 near Glassford Hill Road in Prescott Valley, and at milepost 330 near old Fain Road. The same rule applies to southbound traffic beginning at milepost 349 in Clarkdale.
Yavapai Silent Witness is offering a cash reward for information on some recent burglaries. Officials report in the early morning hours on Friday, October 23rd, several vehicles were broken into in Clarkdale. Taken were car stereos, speakers, GPS units, cash and credit cards. The credit cards were later used that same morning at several locations. Surveillance cameras at those locations show a stocky male subject, wearing a ball cap, jeans and a black t-shirt.
Anyone who has information that might help solve these crimes is asked to call Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232. Those who provide information that leads to an arrest will be offered a cash reward.
Work is continuing on installation of a 12 inch water main along White Spar Road in Prescott. City officials note installation is scheduled to be completed this week and crews will begin testing the new main and mobilize to pave the trench areas. Crews are also continuing to install 20 inch water main and services at the Granite Creek crossing on both West and East Aubrey Street. There is a partial closure of West Aubrey at Granite Creek when crews are working. As part of this installation, crews may perform sewer work under South Montezuma Street. Lanes may be restricted along South Montezuma at West Aubrey. Motorists will experience reduced speeds, detours and possible flagging operations. Work hours are 7 am to 5:30 pm today and tomorrow.
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