Wildfire Awareness Week

Media Contact: Tiffani Nichols, Scottsdale Fire Department 
                     (480) 312-1816 office or PIO pager (602) 229-9640

Scottsdale Fire Department encourages residents and businesses to take steps this week to protect their property and loved ones from dangerous wildfires. As temperatures rise and humidity levels drop, the beautiful green desert landscape we have enjoyed for many months will become dry and brittle, creating potential fuels for wildland fires. The brush fire season typically starts around mid-April, and continues until September.

Governor Jan Brewer has shown her support of wildfire prevention and preparedness by declaring this week, March 27 to April 2, 2011, Wildfire Awareness Week.

Residents and businesses are encouraged to do their part in helping reduce the risk of a brush fire by following these simple tips:

  • Create a 30-foot fire safety zone around your home and other structures; this zone should be an area free of dried or dead grass and vegetation
  • Trim your trees and remove any dead branches or leaves
  • Keep your gutters, eaves and roof clear of leaves and other debris
  • Keep a rolled-up garden hose with a nozzle attached to outside hose valve connections
  • Properly dispose of cigarettes and smoking materials
  • When camping, follow local agency rules for campfires; do not build a fire without making sure open fires are allowed, and always follow fire safety information
  • Add a spark arrester to off-road vehicles and other small internal combustion engines, such as generators
  • For current fire restrictions go to www.azstatefire.org or call (877) 864-6985

Wildland in the Park Event is April 3

To learn more about wildland fire dangers and prevention, the inaugural “Wildland in the Park” event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, April 3, at the Rio Montana Park and Fire Station (11160 N. 132nd Street, Scottsdale).

For information, visit www.ScottsdaleFD.com or call (480) 312-FIRE (3473).