Phoenix, AZ (4/15/19) - With eleven wildfires in nearly five months, Mohave County is one of the most active counties in the state, second only to Cochise.
The most recent fire, the Beach Fire – along the Colorado River, consumed almost 55 acres before firefighters could get it contained.
Every year, humans continue to be the number one cause of fires in the state.
With that, the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management wants to remind residents to be proactive when it comes to fire prevention efforts.
Protect your property by creating defensible space. Simple tips include, trimming back dry or dead vegetation, including limbs that touch the home. Always keep your lawn watered and mowed, cut back overgrown grasses, clean out gutters and clean debris off porches, and remove flammable materials from around the home.
Drivers can do their part by making sure their vehicles, including tires, are properly maintained. If towing a trailer, make sure tow chains are secure. Dragging chains cause sparks that lead to a majority of the state’s roadside fires.
Finally, if you plan to debris burn, make sure it is done in a proper receptacle and never burn on windy days.
“The state received plentiful, and much needed, rain and snow this past winter, but now all of that moisture is creating an influx in fuels. Once temperatures begin to heat up, that vegetation will dry out and act as kindling should a fire get going. Let us all do our part to reduce fire risk across the state. Please use common sense and do not get complacent,” said Fire Management Officer John Truett.
Recently, DFFM released a mobile phone application as another tool to provide wildfire information, fire restriction details, and fire prevention tips. You can download the free app by searching the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management on the iTunes or Google Play stores.
For more information, contact Tiffany Davila at 602-540-1036 or by email at [email protected]