Wildland Tips

Top Tips for Wildland Fire Prevention

2008 HOA Letter - Tips for Homeowners Living in the High Sonoran Desert

  • Consistently monitor defensible space for maximum fire prevention.
  • Remove flash fuels such as dead grass (Do NOT remove live native plants from NAOS).
  • Trim trees within the 30-ft defensible space so the canopy is not touching the ground; remove any dead branches or leaves.
  • Trim grass and foliage around trees.
  • Keep gutters, eaves and roof clear of leaves and other debris.
  • Do not stack wood or other flammable materials within the 30-ft defensible space.
  • Keep a rolled up garden hose with a nozzle attached to an outside hose valve connection.
  • No smoking allowed in NAOS.

The City of Scottsdale has created a brochure that outlines the top eight Invasive Weeds (pdf/973kb/2pp) identified to exist in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  For a hard copy, please call the Scottsdale Fire Department at (480) 312-FIRE or (480) 312-3111.

Additional tips (for non-NAOS areas):

  • Deposit all cigarette butts in proper containers. Never throw a cigarette butt onto the ground.
  • 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.
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