How you can help promote forest health
Just as firefighters managed to contain the Tenderfoot wildfire near Yarnell in northwest Arizona this month, the focus has turned to the growing Cedar Creek wildfire in Eastern Arizona.
This latest wildfire is raging near Show Low area, prompting evacuations in the small community of Forestdale, and preparations for the same in the surrounding communities, including Pinetop-Lakeside.
Many Valley dwellers don’t realize how much of a direct impact wildfires can have on them – from the air we breathe to the water we drink. Experts say they believe the Tenderfoot wildfire was human-caused.
“But those can absolutely be prevented” said Floyd Hardin, a Construction Consultant at SRP who tracks wildfires and coordinates SRP’s response with local, state and federal agencies to gauge impacts to power lines or other utility operations.
“People down here in the Valley often lose sight of the importance of the safety measures they need to take to ensure they are not the reason a wildfire erupts,” Hardin said.
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Wildfire prevention tips:
- Always observe no burn days and/or any fire restrictions.
- Fully extinguish any campfires until almost cold to the touch.
- Avoid target shooting around dry vegetation or at rocks, which can set off sparks.
- Never park any type of vehicle on dry vegetation, with your vehicle running idle; the heat from the exhaust can start a fire.
- Don’t let trailer safety chains drag on the road, as these can spark fires if there is dry vegetation nearby.
- Make sure cigarettes are fully extinguished before disposal.
- Fireworks are not permitted on public lands at any time, year-round.
- Follow any local laws and observances, including fireworks laws.
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Wildfires impact Arizona’s National Forests. Forest land devastated by fire leads to soil erosion and sediment that can end up in streams, rivers and reservoirs that supply our drinking water.
Featured Photo: Fountain Hills resident Rick Montag, an SRP employee’s uncle, shot this photo just before leaving the Pinetop-Lakeside area on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, as a result of the fire.