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Stage 1 Fire Restrictions in effect Sticky

Jul
08

Just today, YCSO deputies have responded to several calls regarding target shooting in Yavapai County. This is a reminder that a Stage 1 Fire Ban remains in effect for the Prescott National Forest and Yavapai County along with all local fire departments and districts. Yavapai County and Forest Service officials continue to evaluate conditions, but with a lack of rain in the forecast, the fire restrictions will remain. As always, target shooting is never permitted on State Trust Land.
 

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Elderly Women Missing Outside Ashfork, AZ

Jul
19

The Sheriff’s Office is currently conducting a search operation for the missing woman, 70-year-old Linda Schleizer. Schleizer walked away from her home outside Ashfork around 4:00 PM today and never returned home. Schleizer suffers from severe Alzheimer’s and when stressed, she has a tendency to withdraw and may have panic attacks. Schleizer will not answer to her name when called.

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UPDATE: Missing woman found with help of search dog Nala

Jun
19
Yavapai County Search and Rescue workers located Gerlean Langford at approximately 9:30 p.m. Saturday near Willow Lake in Prescott.
She was treated by the Prescott Fire Department for minor injuries she sustained due to a fall, but was in good condition, according to a police press release.
County search and rescue team Alan and Carol White and search dog Nala found Langford.
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YCSRT Backcountry ‘Swift Water Team’ takes first place in Competition

Jun
06

Congratulations to the YCSRT Backcountry Unit for winning first place in the 15th annual Swift Water Expo.

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Missing Person Debra Schwartz - Found Deceased

May
09

Media Release 5/8/16

Missing Person Debra Schwartz Found Deceased

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Parties became lost/stranded following GPS mapped Directions

Mar
10

On March 7, 2016, around 11:20 PM, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office was notified that a family of 4, a male and female adult along with their 4 and 1½ year old children, were lost and stranded near Alamo Lake. The family’s sedan was stuck in a ditch and they were concerned that an overnight stay would place the family in danger. Neighboring La Paz County officials, who were originally notified of the situation, assisted by requesting a DPS Ranger Helicopter to search for the family.

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Search and Rescue Call leads to 4 Separate Rescues by Volunteers

Feb
08

On February 4, 2016, around 4:30 pm, an Oregon man called to report that a California man was stuck in deep snow on Senator Highway (Forest Road 52) north of Palace Station – approximately 17 miles south of Prescott. The California man was in a Cadillac Escalade and had 7 dogs with him but no working cell phone. Sometime later, the caller told YCSO dispatchers that he and his girlfriend were now stuck in the snow. Using the caller’s cell phone location from the 911 call, a deputy started down Senator Highway with the limited information and intermittent cell phone contact.

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Rescue 1 provides a Critical Lifeline to a Stranded Family

Jan
19

On January 14, 2016, at approximately 6PM, a Dewey woman called for help after she and three family members became stuck in deep snow south east of Walker in the Prescott National Forest. They had been camping and hunting in the area prior to the last storm and were now out of food. Their truck became stuck while attempting to leave and access to a detached camping trailer in the area was not possible.

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Verde Valley Man Located

Dec
20

On December 10, 2015, at about 9:30 PM, the Sheriff’s Office was called to help find a 19-year-old Manuel Ortega after he got lost in the dark somewhere between the communities of Cottonwood and Sedona. Ortega was scheduled to get picked up at his home, located on Bill Gray Road inside the Coconino National Forest, by a family member to go to work. When the family member called to say they were running late, Ortega stated he would start walking toward Hwy 89A and wait for the ride.

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Friday the 13th Rescue – Our busy volunteers to the Rescue again

Nov
18

A scary evening ended happily for two women, lost in the Granite Mountain Basin, who were rescued Friday evening. The 74 and 50 year-old women, both from Prescott Valley, started their hike Friday morning and were reported overdue by family members Friday night. Their hiking destination was known as only Mingus Mountain or Granite Mountain.

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