Phoenix, AZ (6/23/21) -Due to extremely high fire danger, exceptional drought conditions, resource availability, and increased fire activity, the Department of Forestry and Fire Management and the Arizona State Land Department will implement closures to State Trust Land throughout Arizona. These closures are also in conjunction with our USFS partners.
As of 8:00 am on June 25, 2021, closures will be implemented on state-owned and managed lands in all 15 counties. All state-owned and managed lands are closed to entry for recreational purposes, including hunting, camping, and off-road vehicle use. Target shooting and fireworks are prohibited year-round.
Closures apply to the following state-owned and state-managed lands within all 15 counties including:
• All State Trust lands outside incorporated municipalities.
• All State Parks outside incorporated municipalities - State Parks remain open with fire restrictions in place. Please refer to https://azstateparks.com/fire-safety/ - for park-specific fire restriction information.
• Full shutdown of all operations; except organizations on mineral soil involving road excavation, watering, grading, gravel surfacing, and rock crushing may continue with special permission. Contractor will provide fire guard for three hours after shutdown.
• Persons with a written fire entry and activity permit that specifically authorizes the permitted to be on the land. This may include such persons as grazing-permit holders when entry is needed to gather, move, or otherwise manage their permitted livestock, special-use authorization holders when access is needed to maintain emergency or other communications operations, and others.
• Any federal, state, or local law enforcement officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting organization in the performance of an official duty.
• Resident owners and lessees of land within the closed area.
Any closure exemption must be approved by the State Forester.
These closures do not apply to private lands under ARS § 37-1303.
The desert monsoon season begins in June and continues through September. With it comes higher humidity, which can lead to thunderstorms, heavy rain, lightning, hail, high winds, flash flooding, dust storms and extreme heat.
The Office of Emergency Management urges drivers to be prepared for summer storms. Please follow these safety tips and make sure to check and replace your windshield wiper blades if needed.
Well, it is that time of the year again! The Quechan Tribal Council couldn’t be more proud of all of our members that earned academic achievements and promoting/graduating during the 2019/20 and 2020/21 academic years. With so many of our members residing all over the nation, we unfortunately weren’t able to reach out to all of our members of the Tribe on their achievements these past years.
In effort to encourage and show support, we have collaborated with the Quechan Higher Education Program and the Johnson O’Malley Program to offer an opportunity to all of our members and families on and off the reservation to honor those that have worked very hard and strived to overcome the hardships and barriers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hot Weather Safety Tips
• Keep your pets indoors
• If outdoor pet, provide well shaded and ventilated shelter
• baby pool for keeping cool
• Limit outdoor activities to early mornings or evenings
• Consider dog booties for hot pavement
• Never leave a pet in a car
Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion
• Loud, rapid panting
• Rapid pulse
• Excessive thirst
• Glazed eyes
• Weakness, collapse
• Seizures, unconsciousness
Each year, more people die from “excessive heat events” — or heat waves — than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined.
Anyone can be adversely affected by excessive heat, but older adults are particularly vulnerable. Please stay indoors as much as possible and hydrate frequently. Utilize cooling and hydration centers when needed.
Local officials announce availability of local hydration stations / cool centers.
IMPERIAL COUNTY – The County of Imperial is asking residents to take appropriate precautions this summer in order to prevent heat-related illnesses. hydration stations will be available to offer water to individuals during extreme heat events this summer. Locally, eleven hydration stations/ cool centers sites have been identified by the County where individuals can access water or cool off during the hottest parts of the day. Given that the County hydration stations will be primarily located at County fire stations and libraries, individuals are asked to call the sites before their visit to assure staff will be available. Individuals visiting cool centers will be required to wear a face mask regardless of vaccination status according to California Department of Public Health Guidelines. In addition, the public is asked to contact their city officials for information related to cool centers / hydration stations within city limits.
On June 07, 2021, the Quechan Indian Tribe received the first installment of the American Rescue Plan COVID-19 recovery funds from the United States Department of Treasury in the amount of $20,048,575.52.
We along with other Tribes across the nation have been on the frontlines of responding to the immense needs and shortfalls caused by this crisis and continue to endure the economical strains on our Enterprises and Government. It is the mission of the Quechan Tribal Council to form a current plan of action to utilize these funds to address a broad range of negative economic and public health impacts in our community. All funds expended will be in support to the immediate pandemic response and in strict accordance with the guidelines set forth by the United States Department of Treasury.
The input of our people is very important and the Quechan Tribal Council thanks you for the feedback provided on the 2020 COVID-19 applications and will consider these ideas during our planning phases to come in the near future.
Please continue to protect yourself and others as it is all of our responsibility to adhere to all precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Quechan Tribal Council
As the recent Quechan Tribal Council’s decision to rescind the Stay At Home Order, The Ft. Yuma ADAPP Department office will be Opening for In-Person Assessment and Clinical Assessment as of June 15th, 2021 by APPOINTMENT ONLY.
We do ask potential clients or visitor’s cooperation to continue the necessary Covid-19 precautions to reduce the spread of the virus. Such as:
- Face Coverings
- Social Distancing
- Proper Sanitizing (handwashing)
If you are experiencing any of the Covid-19 symptoms; please call the office to conduct a remote assessment or to reschedule.
If you need to schedule an appointment or have any questions, please contact the Ft. Yuma ADAPP Office at (760) 572-4838.
Office hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm (MST)
Please Note: All Group Sessions are conducted remotely until further notice.
The Quechan Tribe and WIOA/DOL have come together and will be providing paid work experience for our tribal youth.
The application is available online by clicking here.
Applications may be dropped off at our office in the application drop-off box Office Address:
498 Quechan Drive, Winterhaven , California.
If you have any questions, contact us at (760) 572-2314
The Youth Experience will consist of two sessions, ages 16 to 18, 15 participants per session.
- Session 1: June 14, 2021 - July 9, 2021
- Session 2: July 12, 2021 - August 6, 2021
Excessive Heat Watch issued June 9 at 3:23AM MDT until June 16 at 9:00PM MDT by NWS Phoenix AZ
Areas Affected: Parker Valley; Kofa; Yuma; Central La Paz; Southeast Yuma County; Gila River Valley
* WHAT...Dangerously hot conditions possible. Afternoon temperatures 109 to 117.*
WHERE...Southeast Imperial County WHEN...From Monday morning through Wednesday evening.* IMPACTS...High Heat Risk. Overexposure can cause heat cramps and heat exhaustion to develop and, without intervention, can lead to heat stroke.
An Excessive Heat Watch means that a period of very hot temperatures, even by local standards, will occur. Actions should be taken to lessen the impact of the extreme heat.Stay indoors and seek air-conditioned buildings. Drink water,more than usual, and avoid dehydrating alcoholic, sugary, or caffeinated drinks. Dress for the heat - lightweight and light-colored clothing. Eat small meals and eat more often. Monitor those with a higher vulnerability to heat, including small children. Check in on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly. If engaging in outdoor activity, take longer and more frequent breaks and avoid the hottest parts of the day. Never leave kids or pets unattended in cars.Public cooling shelters are available in some areas. Consult county officials for more details, which may include guidance for proper social distancing measures.Recognize the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness. Early signs include thirst and muscle cramps. Heat exhaustion may include: cool, moist, pale skin; headache; dizziness; weakness or exhaustion; nausea. The most serious illness is heat stroke,which may include: vomiting; confusion; throbbing headache;decreased alertness or loss of consciousness; high body temperature (above 105F); hot, dry skin; rapid, weak pulse;rapid, shallow breathing; seizures.Heat stroke can be DEADLY. Treat as an emergency and call 9 1 1.Continue to monitor NWS forecasts, broadcast outlets, and local government for updates.
The Quechan Indian Tribe is Seeking Letters of Interest from Enrolled Tribal Members for the following Committees that are still in need of members:
Advisory Committee (Language) - Open
Pageant - (1) Vacant
Impact Aide - Open
Health Committee - (4) Vacant
Housing Board - (1) Vacant
Events Committee - (3) Vacant
OPEN UNTIL FILLED
Please submit letters of interest to: Regina Escalanti,Tribal Council Secretary of the Tribal Administration Office Monday – Friday during the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Beginning June 7, 2021, Vendors Square is reopening, due to the stay-at-home order being
rescinded on June 3, 2021.
Please visit EDA in order to reserve and use a space at Vendors Square. All vendors must have a current Business Permit, and all food vendors also must have a current food handler’s certificate.
Questions? Contact EDA @ (760) 572-5270 or
Suite 4, Quechan Community Center, 604 Picacho Road
On April 7, 2020, The Quechan Indian Tribe issued an urgent notice recommending all members to stay at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After a difficult year for the Quechan Community, we continue to ask our members to follow the Tribes guidelines, such as wearing a mask, maintain social distancing, avoid large events and gatherings, washing your hands and to clean and disinfect the areas around you. The COVID-19 vaccines are now available at the Fort Yuma Health Clinic. The Tribal Council continues to encourage our tribal members to get vaccinated. The Fort Yuma Health Center is currently providing vaccines from ages 12 to an adult. To schedule a COVID-19 vaccination please call (760)572-4711.
The Quechan Tribal Council has made a decision to rescind the Stay at Home Order and would like to inform the community on the next phase which affects our membership.
Tribal Departments/Offices: Face coverings, social distancing and proper sanitizing will be still required at all Tribal Department buildings offices. Based on the space of some departments, by appointment only will be utilized to ensure social distancing is adhered to. The Tribe recommends social distancing staying six feet apart will be required to prevent the continuing risk of infection to the greatest extent possible.
Parks and Recreation: Outdoor parks may be open subject to social distancing and will be monitored by the Wellness Department. Follow posted park hours.
Camping/Fishing/Hunting: Outdoor activities maintained by the Quechan Fish and Game Department will be allowed. For non-tribal members permits are required to be purchased.
Tribal Vendors: Tribal members with current permits will be allowed to sell using the food vendor's area with a current food handler's certificate. For further information, contact the Economic Development Administration office.
Funeral Services: All funerals will remain at the adjusted times we have been following until further notice.
Tribal Operations: Tribal departments will operate on modified hours and accessibility based on specific safety and service considerations. Please check with the individual department for internal policies for daily operation functions.
Community Events: The Quechan Indian Tribe's preparation for possible future events is guided by what is feasible, practical, acceptable, and tailored to the needs and context of the community. Further information will be given as it becomes available.
The Tribal Council is committed to work on the necessary protocols to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. We ask the community to do their part to prevent positive cases rising to levels as we endured in the year 2020. The Tribal Council does not want to issue another Stay at Home Order, as we work together to stay healthy.
Quechan Tribal Council
Ft Yuma Health Center is offering a Covid-19 vaccine clinic (Pfizer) for those who are 12 years of age or older on Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
Contact today to schedule an appointment at (760) 572-4711.
Parent or Guardian must accompany minors.
Below is a link to the Quechan Utility Company’s customer portal, as well as the number to make payments via telephonically, The web link allows customers to view their account as well as making online payments.
Customer Portal Access link: https://QuechanUtilityCompany.secure.munibilling.com
This link will be available at the Quechan Utility Company department tab located here.
For questions or concerns about your Bill please call the Quechan Utility Company Billing Office 760.572.0667. To pay your Bill by phone call: 877-556-3169
Walk-ins are welcome at seven state-run locations in Phoenix area, Tucson, Yuma and Flagstaff
Arizona-run vaccination sites in the Phoenix area, Tucson, Yuma, and Flagstaff, along with many pharmacies and other providers around the state, will begin offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to children 12 to 15 years old on Thursday, May 13. This exciting step forward follows today’s approval by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“This is great news for families across Arizona,” said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). “In addition to encouraging parents and guardians to protect those ages 12 to 15 from COVID-19, we hope adults in the family will roll up their sleeves as well if they haven’t already done so.”
The Quechan Environmental Protection Office is working on evaluating the impacts of climate change within the Ft. Yuma Indian Reservation. Community members and stakeholders are asked to complete this survey to help us better understand the community’s experiences and priorities. Your responses may be quoted in the assessment report.
If you prefer to print and complete the survey, please email the completed survey to email@example.com or drop off at the Quechan Administration Building and let them know it’s for the Environmental Department.