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Annual Sedona and Village of Oak Creek Cleanup Event

Flagstaff AZ June 20 2010 Wilfire by Sedona Times photographer, Brian Goodwin

SEDONA AZ (May 5, 2011) – The Sedona Fire District (SFD), Waste Management, the U.S. Forest Service, BSE Rents, the City of Sedona and Village of Oak Creek Association are joining together to offer Sedona and Village of Oak Creek area residents an opportunity to dispose of their yard waste and combustible vegetation prior to fire season.

Sedona Fire District Fire Station #3, located at 125 Sliderock Road in the Village of Oak Creek, will be accepting yard waste Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, 2011 from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

On the following weekend Sedona Fire District Fire Station #4, located at 391 Forest Road in Uptown Sedona, will be accepting yard waste Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.  Participation is open to all Sedona Fire District residents.

Protecting your home from a wildfire starts with you. Creating a defensible space within 30 feet of your home can greatly reduce the risk of a wildfire. Tall, dry grasses provide a path for fire that can lead directly to your house. By removing tall dry grasses, leaves and pine needles from your roof and gutters; excess growth, dead leaves and branches, decreases the flammability potential. Pruning tree limbs so the lowest is between 6’-10’ from the ground reduces “ladder fuels”.

Yard debris including brush, tree and shrub trimmings (limbs, trunks), bagged leaves and pine needles, (no cactus trimmings, please), may be dropped off at either SFD station location during this event. In an effort to reduce the spread of noxious weeds, leaves, grasses and pine needles must be bagged.  Appliances, hazardous materials, garbage, mattresses, and other household waste will not be accepted.

Visit www.sedonafire.org to learn how to make your property safe from wildfire or call the Sedona Fire District at 928-282-6800 for more information or to schedule a free home assessment. It is important to note that the U.S. Forest Service issued a Coconino Forest Fire Restriction alert beginning May 6, 2011. Watch this web site for updates during the summer season. Visit the SedonaEye.com Calendar of Events daily to stay abreast of Sedona Fire District, Counties, Cities, and Verde community happenings.

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