Officials urge Scottsdale residents in urban interface to reduce fire threat

(Photo by Scottsdale Fire Department)

(Photo by Scottsdale Fire Department)

Summer seems to have started early in the desert this year.  High temps tend to dry out vegetation, which provides ample fuel for wildfires.  In Scottsdale, with so many homes in urban interface areas, these dangers are especially concerning.

Even with nature’s threat, it is possible to minimize the community’s risk with these types of incidents.  The following steps can be taken to protect property from a wild land fire:

  • Create a 30-foot defensible safety zone around individual homes and properties by removing flash fuels, thinning overgrown vegetation in these defensible space areas, and removing dry and dead vegetation around the home.
  • Manage the vegetation fuel load by initially focusing on and removing invasive plants, especially around permanent residential structures.
  • Trim the lower branches on trees, up to 4ft to 6ft from the desert floor and remove overgrown branches from the roof and patio areas of the home.
  • Address and remove the accumulation of dead branches or leaves, especially near structures.
  • Do not keep flammable items or allow excessive foliage to collect underneath wooden decks and other combustible overhangs.
  • Keep eaves, gutters, and roofs clear of leaves and combustible debris.
  • Keep a garden hose connected to exterior hose bibs and available for use.
  • Be keenly aware of potential ignition sources like fireplaces, BBQ grills, improper disposal of smoking materials and fireworks.
  • If you believe you see a wildfire incident, call 911 immediately while the fire is still small and before you take action yourself.

Get more wild land safety tips at the Scottsdale Fire Department website at www.scottsdaleaz.gov and search “wildland fire prevention.”

Scottsdale residents, can schedule a free wild land safety inspection or learn how communities can become “Firewise” by calling SFD at 480-312-3473.

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