Fire Recovery Fundraiser
SpringHill Suites by Marriott
200 E. Sheldon St. Prescott
Please join Prescott Creeks at the Springhill Suites on Friday February 16th, 2018 from 5 – 7 pm to celebrate creeks and learn about Prescott Creeks’ forward progress recovering from the catastrophic fire that occurred in early December 2017.
Wine from Page Springs Cellars will be served alongside nosh to fill your belly. A Recovery Needs List will be available with opportunities to make donation pledges and silent auction items will be available – including a limited number of Page Springs Cellars wines that survived the fire.
**See the Fire Recovery Needs List**
On December 10th and 11th, 2017 the Prescott Creeks office located in the historic log cabin located at 1801 N. State Route 89 was consumed by fire. Most importantly:
- No one was hurt during the fire.
- Prescott Fire Department responded promptly and the fire crew was able to contain the fire to just the one building. Prescott Creeks was especially concerned with the potential for the spread of fire to the Watson Woods Riparian Preserve, which did not occur.
- While incurring a near-total loss, Prescott Creeks is here and operational! We do need your help getting back to full speed and refocused on our mission to achieve healthy watersheds and clean waters in central Arizona. Please see details below on how you can help.
Official reports have not yet been released, but Prescott Creeks believes the fire originated while the office
was vacant during the afternoon or evening of Saturday December 9th. The fire did not present (smoke or fire) on the exterior of the building until the early hours of Sunday December 10th. The Prescott Fire Department spent all day Sunday battling the blaze before believing it was extinguished by early evening. Unfortunately, sawdust used as insulation during original construction of the cabin in 1959 smoldered through the night. By 6 o’clock on the morning of Monday December 11th, the building was again fully engaged in flames. It was then that firefighters made the decision that the only safe and effective way to extinguish the fire was to tear the building apart with a backhoe. The fire was finally out by early afternoon.
Prescott Creeks would like to thank the Prescott Fire Department for their extensive work fighting the blaze. While above and beyond the call of duty, their successful efforts to retrieve the Prescott Creeks data servers, backup drives, and many irreplaceable paper files from the burning building are greatly appreciated and essential to a quick recovery for Prescott Creeks.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Thank you to everyone who has reached out to show your support and wish us well. This has been a light for us during an otherwise dark time. While we are operational (phones are currently routed to our Executive Director’s mobile phone and we’re working from personal laptops on a pickup tailgate in the parking lot), it is at a decidedly diminished capacity.
For those looking to help Prescott Creeks recover and move forward, we’re planning a fundraising event for the first half of January – stay tuned for details. In the meantime, please consider a cash gift through the Donate Now page of this website. Your donations count more now than ever. Since we lost nearly everything in the fire, we’ve compiled and a specific list of material needs – computers, supplies, and equipment needed to recover. You can see what is needed and make in-kind donations based on the needs list.
Finally, a critical next step is to find a new or temporary office location from which to advance the Prescott Creeks mission. We’re exploring all opportunities at this point. If you think you can help, please contact us with information.
Prescott Creeks can be reached on the web at www.PrescottCreeks.org;
on social media at: www.Facebook.com/PrescottCreeks and www.Twitter.com/PrescottCreeks;
by email at: [email protected]; by telephone at: (928) 445-5669; or
via USPS at: Prescott Creeks, PO Box 3004, Prescott, AZ 86302-3004.
Thanks also to Prescott ENews and the Daily Courier for getting the word out to the public last week. Home page image and top image on this page by Don Devendorf , Prescott Fire Department Fire Marshal. Other images by Oren Thomas, Conservation Projects Manager with Prescott Creeks.