Fire Season Safety

This entry was posted Thursday, 30 June, 2011 at 3:52 pm

2011 is turning out to be the worst year for fires in Arizona history. Dense dry grass growth has creating a perfect fuel and coupled with extremely hot conditions, low humidity and relentless winds, fires have resulted in hundreds of thousands of acres burned across the entire state. As we approach the holiday weekend, it is paramount that we take precautions against any more destruction of our precious forests, homes and property. Please remember that although fireworks are available to purchase, most cities forbid their use within city limits. In addition, the Arizona State Forest Service has just issued restrictions on the use of any fireworks on the nine million acres of unincorporated State Trust Lands, Game and Fish Wildlife Areas and Arizona State Parks.

What can you do to prevent wildfires? The answer is simple – create “defensible space.” This term refers to the area around a structure where fuels and vegetation are treated, cleared or reduced to slow the spread of wildfire towards the structure. It also reduces the chance of a structure fire moving from the building to the surrounding forest. Defensible space also provides room for firefighters to do their jobs. Your house is more likely to withstand a wildfire if grasses, brush, trees and other common forest fuels are managed to reduce a fire’s intensity.

Whether caused by careless humans or Mother Nature, this year’s devastating fires are a cruel reminder of the vulnerability that our homes and property have against the power of wildfires.

For more information on creating defensible spaces please visit:

· AZ1290 Creating Wildfire-Defensible Spaces for Your Home and Property

· AZ1291 Fire-Resistant Landscaping

· AZ1288 Homeowners’ “Inside Out” Wildfire Checklist