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Stoneridge a priority for evacuation plans
County rates subdivision as high wildfire hazard

Park View Drive which is gated at its end, but available for town officials to grant access in case of emergency evacuations. (Town of PV/Courtesy)

Park View Drive which is gated at its end, but available for town officials to grant access in case of emergency evacuations. (Town of PV/Courtesy)

Stoneridge subdivision has plenty of fuel available for wildfires and concerned residents are working with a variety of agencies to take steps to decrease the risk: Yavapai County Emergency Services and Public Works departments, Firewise Communities, and Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority, in addition to Town of Prescott Valley departments.

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Town officials may grant access from Park View Drive in case of emergency evacuations. (Town of PV/Courtesy)

Richard Parker, director of Prescott Valley’s Development Services, displayed a map at the April 18 council study session of the January 2011 Yavapai County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan that identifies the Stoneridge development as an area with a high wildfire hazard rating. This is one of the priorities the town is looking at as it puts together its evacuation plan.

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The Stoneridge evacuation map. (Courtesy)

Parker said a future study may involve confirming or providing easement over private property for routes that will let residents move into safe areas if a wildfire threatens them.

One of those is the terminus of Park View Drive. Eventually, this roadway will extend to Glassford Hill Road, as reflected in the town’s General Plan.

“In the interim, it’s available for use in times of emergency,” Parker said.

He also suggests residents take personal responsibility for their property and keep the weeds under control and be aware of other safety precautions such as where to store wood.

Town Manager Larry Tarkowski encourages residents to sign up for the county’s Code Red emergency notification program.

Councilmember Mary Mallory also mentioned that some residents outside the town boundaries may not be within a fire district; she recommends they look into what kind of fire protection to purchase to make sure they are covered.

The town has scheduled an Open House for the public from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, in the third floor Crystal Room of the Prescott Valley Public Library.

Attendees will be able to visit stations to obtain information and get their questions answered, Parker said.

Follow Sue Tone on Twitter @ToneNotes. Reach her at stone@prescottaz.com or 928-445-3333, ext. 2043.

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