Good time to create firewise space around homes
County transfer stations will accept brush and yard trimmings beginning April 1 without charging residents fees. The program runs through June 1.
The following transfer stations will be open for residential use only, no commercial loads will be accepted: Black Canyon City, Camp Verde, Congress, Mayer, Paulden, Seligman, and Skull Valley.
The two stations closest to Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley are the Mayer Transfer Station, located at 11130 S. Antelope Creed Road, a quarter-mile south of Mayer on Old Black Canyon Highway, open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; and Paulden Transfer Station, located at 23750 N. Marblehead Avenue, off Big Chino Road, open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Slash includes brush, branches, grass, leaves and yard trimmings. Items not accepted are lumber, stumps, roots, cactus, metal and garbage. All slash must be removed from plastic bags.
The county encourages residents to take advantage of this program. It’s the perfect time to create defensible space around homes for a safer environment for firefighters. Keeping fuels managed is absolutely necessary to help avoid uncontrolled fires.
Here’s how to be firewise:
-Cut away vegetation 5-30 feet from all structures.
-Remove debris and dead vegetation from roofs, decks and ground.
-If using equipment to cut and trim, beware of sparks.
-Have a family evacuation plan in place before it’s needed.
-Free drop off takes place during normal operating hours; the days and times may differ from location to location. Visit www.yavapai.us/Portals/30/TransferStationList.pdf. For more information, call the Yavapai County Public Works Department at 928-771-3183.
Residents also may want to sign up for the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Emergency Notification System to be notified during emergency situations. Visit www.ycsoaz.gov for more information or call 928-771-3321.