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Quad Cities in Brief: Pile burning until Jan. 26

Pile burning until Jan. 26

Verde Ranger District fire managers will continue fuels treatments east of the junction of Highway 169 and I-17 through Friday, Jan. 26, weather conditions permitting.

Such treatment help to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to the wildland-urban interface and increase ecosystem and community resilience.

Cienega Piles are located along Forest Road 68D and Forest Road 732. These piles are a result of the Cienega fuel break and consist of cut and piled juniper along the roadway. Daily acreage totals will be contingent upon weather conditions.

Smoke will be visible from Highway 169 and I-17, but impacts should be minimal. In the interest of safety, forest visitors are reminded to obey traffic signs and use caution when traveling along FR 68D and FR 732. Burning of debris left over from thinning projects require moisture in the surrounding vegetation and typically produces much lighter smoke than broadcast burning.

All prescribed fire activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather, fuels and conditions that minimize smoke impacts as best as possible and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (www.azdeq.gov).

The public can obtain additional fire information via the following: www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/, @PrescottNF, www.facebook.com/PrescottNF/, and 928-567-4121.

Ottogi America issues allergy alert on undeclared milk in Rice Cake Soup

Ottogi America, Inc., of Gardena, California, has recalled 6.40-ounce “Rice cake soup” because it may contain undeclared milk. People who have allergies to milk run the risk of allergic reaction, possibly of life-threatening nature, if they consume these products.

The recalled soup was distributed nationwide in retail stores. The product comes in a 6.40 ounce, yellow paper bowl package, marked with Item No: 29409101 on the back, with an expiration date of June 20th 2018 stamped under the case.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the soup. An investigation since the recall began indicates a misprinting in the company’s packaging processes caused the problem.

Production of the product has been suspended until the FDA and the company are certain that the problem has been corrected.

Consumers who have purchased the product are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information, contact the company at 1-310-324-1094. (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST).

Prescott extends deadline for board/commission appointments to Feb. 9

The City Council Subcommittee for Appointments is accepting applications for citizens who are interested in serving on a City of Prescott board, commission or committee.

A city news release notes that appointment terms vary, depending on the type of board. Appointments will be made in March, and the deadline for applications has been extended until Feb. 9.

The city is accepting applications for the following openings: Acker Trust Board; Advisory and Appeals Board; Art in Public Places Committee; Board of Adjustment; Community Development Block Grant Citizens Advisory Committee; Fire Board of Appeals; Industrial Development Authority; Library Advisory Board; Parks and Recreation Board; Planning and Zoning Commission; Prescott Preservation Commission; Public Safety Personnel Retirement System Fire Board; Public Safety Personnel Retirement System; and Unified Development Code Committee.

Most of the terms run through March 2020, but the Industrial Development Authority appointment runs through November 2024.

For several of the boards, an applicant must be a city resident, including for the following: Advisory and Appeals; Board of Adjustment; Fire Board of Appeals; Industrial Development Authority; Planning and Zoning Commission; Prescott Preservation Commission; Public Safety Personnel Retirement System Fire Board; Public Safety Personnel Retirement System; and Unified Development Code Committee.

According to the city’s news release, the city’s boards, commissions and committees “provide opportunities for citizens to take an active role in their local government.”

The mayor and City Council make the appointments, and if there are more applicants than seats, the City Council Subcommittee for Appointments will review applications and sometimes conduct interviews.

Any current city board members whose terms expire in March 2018 must submit a new application indicating interest in continuing.

More information is available by calling the city clerk’s office at 928-777-1272, or on the city’s website at: http://www.prescott-az.gov/leadership/boards/.

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