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Yavapai County offers free slash drop-off, promoting fire safety

5/9/18

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors announced the continuation of the annual free slash drop-off program at County transfer stations from now through June 1, 2018.
The annual free drop-off program is available at county transfer stations located in Black Canyon City, Camp Verde, Congress, Mayer, Paulden, Seligman, and Skull Valley.  Free slash drop-offs will be held during normal operating hours. For locations and hours please visit: http://www.yavapai.us/Portals/30/TransferStationList.pdf

Only the following items will be accepted: 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. This program is for residential use only. Commercial loads will not be accepted.

Please take advantage of the free slash drop-off program as you create defensible space around your property and create a safer environment for emergency responders.
“Don’t wait! Be firewise. Now is the time to create defensible space around your home,” stated Yavapai County in a press release.

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.

Firewise preparations should also include having a plan in place before you are told to evacuate. Using the “Five P”s is a great start to make sure you don’t leave anything important behind. 
1.            PEOPLE & PETS – Food, water, baby supplies, pet tags, pet carrier or livestock transportation standing by.
2.            PRESCRIPTIONS – A week’s supply of all medications, equipment, visual and hearing aids ready.
3.            PAPERS – Money, important documents (paper or electronic) records should be kept together.
4.            PRICELESS ITEMS – irreplaceable memories and items.
5.            PHONES & COMPUTERS – Information on hard drives and disks as well as charging devices. 
Residents are encouraged to sign up with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Emergency Notification System to be notified during emergency situations at: http://www.ycsoaz.gov/community/emergency-preparedness/ens/ .
For additional information on the free slash program, please contact the Yavapai County Public Works Department at (928) 771-3183.For more information about emergency preparedness, please contact 928-771-3321 or marcie.slay@yavapai.us