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Transfer Station open weekends at no charge for local residents

Now is the time to create defensible space around your home

In this photo from June 20, 2013, Steve Maslansky, inset, returned home from a vacation to find that his efforts to create defensible space around his home had helped firefighters to save it. (Scott Orr/Courier file)

In this photo from June 20, 2013, Steve Maslansky, inset, returned home from a vacation to find that his efforts to create defensible space around his home had helped firefighters to save it. (Scott Orr/Courier file)

To help Yavapai County residents better prepare their homes for fire season, which typically ranges from spring to summer, a community cleanup will be held in Paulden this month at the Paulden Transfer Station, 23750 N. Marblehead Ave.

The transfer station will be open — with no charge to Yavapai County residents — from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, May 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19.

Items that will be accepted for discard include household appliances, bagged trash, automotive batteries, unmounted tires, furniture and yard trimmings.

Items that will not be accepted include the following: loose trash, liquids, hazardous materials, cars, Ni Cad batteries and dead animals.

Nor will commercial loads be accepted.

A statement from the Yavapai County Public Works Department and County Supervisor Craig Brown, of District 4, which includes Paulden, reads as follows:

“Now is the time to create defensible space around your home. Cut away vegetation 5 to 30 feet from all structures. Remove all debris and dead vegetation from roofs, decks, and the ground around your home. Please remember to be cautious of sparks as you are cutting and trimming. All yard trimmings will be accepted at the cleanup.”

For more information about the cleanup, contact the Yavapai County Public Works Department, 928-771-3183.

— Information provided by Yavapai County