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Posted on: April 11, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Prevent Wildfires in the Southwest

Fireman fighting a brush fire in the southwest

Although many in the valley live in urban areas, other areas have what is called a “Wildland Urban Interface”, which creates an environment where fire can move readily between structures and vegetation. Winds, prolonged drought, and high temperatures have combined to make desert areas EXTREMELY dry.

Long term drought, changing fuel conditions and the resulting unpredictable fire behavior, combined with increased human activity suggest that this has the potential to be a busy fire year. Conditions change; for your safety, stay informed on current and predicted conditions in your community, and when you are enjoying the outdoors.

THINK BEFORE YOU ACT! It only takes one spark on dry grass, leaves, branches or pine needles to start a wildfire. Even live trees and brush are dry enough to easily ignite. Chainsaws, dragging trailer safety chains, carelessly tossed cigarettes, fireworks, abandoned campfires, debris burning around homes and property, and discharge of firearms are all known causes of wildfire.


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