Wildfires impact us all

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.

Also Read: Cedar fire grows the south as winds change

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.

 

Forest Health and SRP
SRP is committed to promoting forest health.

 

SRP Trees for Change program and how customers can help

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.

For as little as $3 a month, here’s how SRP customers can help reforest burned areas.

 

 

 


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.

Sonu Munshi

Sonu Munshi

Sonu is a communications strategist at SRP. She mainly handles social media and blogs at work, and two mostly adorable kids at home. She's a writer at heart, and, naturally, always open to recommendations for the next great coffee shop in town.

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