HazMat crew hauls away barrels dumped near Prescott; investigation under way

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Prescott National Forest officials are seeking information on illegal dumping south of Prescott. By Jennifer Thomas Prescott National Forest officials are seeking information on illegal dumping south of Prescott. By Jennifer Thomas
Prescott National Forest officials are seeking information on illegal dumping south of Prescott. By Jennifer Thomas Prescott National Forest officials are seeking information on illegal dumping south of Prescott. By Jennifer Thomas
Prescott National Forest officials are seeking information on illegal dumping south of Prescott. By Jennifer Thomas Prescott National Forest officials are seeking information on illegal dumping south of Prescott. By Jennifer Thomas

PRESCOTT, Ariz. -- Prescott National Forest officials are trying to determine who dumped 17 55-gallon drums about five miles south of Prescott.

A forest employee found the drums on Aug. 13 along White Spar Road within the Highway 89 right-of-way.

Some of the barrels were empty, but others were filled with an oil and water mixture and were leaking at the site, according to Ken Simeral with the Prescott National Forest.

The Arizona Department of Transportation's HazMat response crew cleaned up the site and hauled away the barrels.

It is unlawful to dump any material brought off private property onto National Forest System lands. If you see someone illegally dumping, officials said do not approach the violator. After leaving the area, contact your local Forest Service office and provide the following information:

• Date, time and location of the illegal dumping;

• Description of vehicle and license plate number;

• Description of the person dumping;

• What was being dumped at the site.

Anyone with information about who is responsible for the illegal dumping is asked to call 928-443-8000.