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6/20/2013 6:01:00 PM
Deputies, volunteers keep evacuated neighborhoods safe, secure
Scott Orr/Daily Courier
Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team volunteers Dave Phillips and Mike Paget work traffic control at Williamson Valley Road and Stazenski Road. Volunteers freed up deputies to patrol the evacuated areas.
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Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team volunteers Dave Phillips and Mike Paget work traffic control at Williamson Valley Road and Stazenski Road. Volunteers freed up deputies to patrol the evacuated areas.
Scott Orr
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - In its effort to keep homes secure with evacuated residents gone, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deployed both deputies and volunteers to cover the neighborhoods threatened by the Doce fire.

"At any one time, we have 60 to 100 people out there," Sheriff Scott Mascher said.

Volunteers from the YCSO Jeep Posse, the Sheriff's Response Team, Volunteers in Protection and others were posted at nearly every intersection to keep traffic out of the area.

That frees up the sheriff's deputies to patrol the areas and to escort vehicles in and out for emergencies, said Deputy Michael Dannison. He's spent the last two days patrolling the area. It's been quiet.

"We've been able to cover (the neighborhoods) very well," he said.

"Everybody's been very well-behaved," he said. "I think it's gone very smoothly."

"We have had very good cooperation with people," Mascher said.

"People want to know when they can go home," he said, but "we're not thinking of when we can get people back home, because it's just too dangerous."

Deputy Scott Reed attributed the relatively easy evacuations and their uneventful aftermath to careful planning by the YCSO. "We were prepared for this. We're always prepared for this. You're seeing preparation being put into practice," he said.

Most residents were cautious and evacuated when they were told to go, but "a few were reluctant to leave," Dannison said. "We did not force them to move out. We notified them that there was an evacuation order."

The basic rule is, once you leave, you can't come back in, but deputies were making exceptions Thursday for residents who showed proper ID and needed to get emergency supplies like medications. Deputies escorted those people in, stayed with them, and then escorted them back out.

In addition to the neighborhoods, Williamson Valley Road was shut down between Pioneer Parkway and Outer Loop. That, Dannison said, was because too many people wanted to stop and look at the fire Tuesday evening.

"We had hundreds and hundreds of people tying up the street," he said. "They were actually parking in the roadway and the fire trucks couldn't get in."








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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2013
Article comment by: to: leslee oaks

"We promise we will not steal from our neighbors. They would steal from us though"

How sad. I reside in a neighborhood (upper middle class supposedly) where I don't trust anyone around me for good reason. I thought it was just my development. I guess not, evil is all over.

I hope your home is safe and you can return home soon.


Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2013
Article comment by: @ Oh Please

@ Oh Please!
So are you hinting you're from Florida Keys? Must be if you know that the entire Florida Keys got evacuated using two lanes. Get out of our State!!!!


Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2013
Article comment by: Peace Out

Please, let's not get snarky with each other. We are all in this together, and pleased with the hard work of the fire and police forces. Most important, is that no lives and homes have been lost. Whether you evacuated or not, we are all a little inconvenienced, but so what? Thanks to the Firefighters, Sheriff's Police, Air Fighters and Daily Courier for their concern, hard work and support. Let's all just chill a little.

Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2013
Article comment by: leslee oaks

My husband I are 2 of the 20 who heeded the warning to evacuate.
We have NEVER felt threatened but appreciate the concerns of the officials.
We promise we will not steal from our neighbors. They would steal from us though.
With two less people on the road you won't have to widen the road.


Posted: Saturday, June 22, 2013
Article comment by: leslee oaks

This fire has been devastating to our local land and wild life.
What I don't understand is that while I was out at the intersection we live by on Williamson Valley, I saw a fully loaded truck with fresh cut firewood turn onto the Outer loop. Two chainsaws on top.
This was Thursday.
They cut out on a private ranch. Our friends live by this ranch out by Walnut Creek. We've seen this truck while at our friends house. Why, when all this fire is happening they aren't made to stop cutting?
Isn't a chainsaw on the don't use list like using a welder.
It's a danger to all of us for someone's profit.


Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013
Article comment by: @ Oh Please!

@ Oh Please, you sure are a very angry person and you make a couple of emotional assumptions without any facts to back you up. Apparently you didn't read the last paragraph of the article. Let me summarize for you. Hundreds and hundreds of people with cars were tying up the roadway. Emergency vehicles couldn't get in. Let me guess, you moved here from somewhere else not that long ago and are a part of the reason for all the growth out there. But now that your here you don't want anymore growth, development or the road widened. Right?

Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013
Article comment by: Oh Please!

They can evacuate the entire Florida Keys with just 2 lanes and you think that they can't get the "relatively" low number of people that live on or off of Williamson Valley Road out using 2 lanes? Give me a break! You must have some vested interest in that road getting widened but don't use this fire as your reason.

Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013
Article comment by: Why the Road Should be Widened!

"We had hundreds and hundreds of people tying up the street," he said. "They were actually parking in the roadway and the fire trucks couldn't get in." The last paragraph says it all. This is a perfect example of exactly why Williamson Valley Road should be widened! It would be nearly impossible to evacuate the 5,000 people in this area on a narrow two lane road. For the sake of safety the road must be widened.



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