Arizona environmental agency urges public to avoid orange liquid in rural Yavapai area

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is urging the public to stay away from a rural area of Yavapai County where an orange liquid has collected.

The agency issued a statement on Friday that a resident found the orange liquid and orange soil near Sheldon Road and South Midnight Snap Lane in Walker, a place southeast of Prescott.

Not much is known about the substance, the agency said, but urged the public to stay away from it.

"ADEQ has notified and is coordinating with local, county and state officials including Walker Fire Department, Yavapai County and the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs," the agency said. "ADEQ is investigating the situation and working to identify the orange substance and any necessary cleanup actions."

It warned that rainfall in the area could cause the orange liquid to surface in other areas.

The agency advised anyone who came into contact with the substance and experienced any negative health effects to contact their physician out of precaution.

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: ADEQ urges public to avoid orange liquid in rural Yavapai County