5 safety tips for wildfire season in Prescott
Spring has sprung but unfortunately, so has the wildfire season in Prescott. According to Arizona State Chief, Forester Jeff Whitney, the above-average rainfall this year and vegetation growth have contributed to conditions similar to 2002 and 2011, which included the Rodeo-Chedeski Fire (468,000 acres burned) and the Wallow Fire (538,000 acres), respectively. Prescott National Forest officials are reminding visitors that everyone has a role to play in preventing human-caused fires. Preparation is key in prevention. Here are 5 safety tips for wildfire season in Prescott.
1.) When camping, keep your campfires small and away from overhanging branches, steep slopes, dry grass, pine needles and leaves. Bring water and a shovel to extinguish your campfire.
2.) Pausing or parking a car or truck in tall grass or over shrubs can start fires. This not only may damage your vehicle but may also start a quickly moving fire. Do not park where vegetation is touching the underside of your vehicle.
3.) Refrain from welding and use of activities or equipment that may create sparks when fire danger is high.
4.) Check your lawn and property for large rocks before mowing. Mower blades striking rocks can create sparks.
5.) If possible, use an established campfire ring and never leave your campfire unattended. Even a small breeze could cause the fire to spread by carrying hot embers out of your fire ring.
Wildfire season and all year long, it’s best to take responsibility in knowing the conditions in the forest and knowing when fire restrictions are in place. Residents can check conditions and obtain a burn permit online at www.prescott-az.gov/services/fire/permits, at www.centralyavapaifire.org, or www.chinoazfire.com. For more local Prescott news, please contact Crystal Creek Builders.
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