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John Stewart

Officials Remind Public of Flash Flood Hazards, Information Resources

Payson, Ariz., July 21, 2017 — The recent tragic flash flood event north of Payson serves as a reminder that flash floods can occur in any drainage, creek and river throughout the state during heavy rains and monsoon storms.

Floods are among nature’s most common and destructive natural hazards. The public should be aware that even when storms do not appear to be in the immediate area, rain from a storm miles upstream can drain quickly and create flash floods miles downstream.

According to the National Weather Service’s U.S. Natural Hazard Statistics, flash floods are the number one cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S. These flash floods are extremely dangerous and swift, carrying debris, trees, rocks, large boulders, and mud that can sweep away anything or anyone in its path along stream, creek and river channels.

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John Stewart

Outdoor recreation on Public lands

The Bureau of Land Management has launched a web-based tool to improve the public's access to thousands of recreation sites across BLM-managed public lands.  These sites offer visitors unique opportunities and memorable experiences as vast as the land itself.

BLM provides a basic summary of the recreation site, contact information for the agency field office, fee information where applicable, necessary permits and passes, and maps.

Users can search by location, keyword or activity — everything from auto touring to winter sports.

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Jamie Strand

Top 5 Items for a Successful Camping Trip

It seems like just about every activity requires some sort of essentials list – hiking, running, mountain biking. Camping is no different. While you might not use every single item on this list, you’ll appreciate their value when you really need them. The following are the top five items that need to be on your camping packing list:

1.  Navigation – The top item on any camping essentials list is the proper navigation, and your best bet is to bring a variety. First and foremost, a topographic map will be helpful for those campsites that are off the beaten path, such as that one waterfall next to that fallen tree by the weirdly shaped rock.

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John Stewart

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Asks Target Shooters to Take Extra Care to Prevent Wildfires

Sparks, Nev. Jun 8, 2017  – With summer here and more people heading outdoors to enjoy the season, the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest would like to remind visitors and residents in communities adjacent to the Forest to be extra cautious while engaging in activities that could start a wildfire.

Weather conditions have been changing in the past couple of weeks with consistently higher temperatures and decreased humidity levels, resulting in drier vegetation that is more prone to the spread of wildfire. Pay attention to the surrounding area; be aware of wildfire conditions; and think clearly before conducting any activity that could cause an unwanted fire.

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John Stewart

1-2-3 How to Clean Your Firearm

Hoppe’s 9 has been a long time favorite with gun owners as a quality cleaning product. Hoppe’s has introduced a step-by-step guide that provides information every gun owner should know to protect their investment and ensure proper cleaning and lubrication.

STEP 1 - GUN CLEANER

Start off your cleaning with Hoppe’s Black Gun Cleaner to remove carbon fouling. Hoppe’s Black Gun Cleaner is formulated to remove high levels of carbon to ensure accuracy and extend the life of your firearm.

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