Wildfire danger elevated to extreme; SFD urges caution

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Just in time for the July 4 holiday, fire officials elevated the wildfire danger in urban interface areas.  Signs noting danger levels were elevated to “Extreme” this week in north Scottsdale.

The dry, hot conditions and available fuels such as desert grasses and weeds have increased the concern of potential wildfires, stated a press release.

These signs are placed throughout the northern part of the city to keep residents informed of potential threats. According to the release, the signs are at:

  • West bound Shea at approximately 134st
  • North bound Pima and the Loop 101
  • Pinnacle Peak and Church
  • West bound Dynamite and approximately 140th
  • West bound Cave Creek and Desert Mountain
  • East bound Dynamite and Scottsdale
  • South bound Scottsdale road and Carefree Highway

According to the press release, home and property owners are urged to take steps to reduce their risk by following a few simple guidelines:

  • Consistently monitor and manage the fuel loads in the defensible space areas for maximum fire prevention.
  • Remove flash fuels such as dead grass.
  • Trim trees within the 30-foot defensible space so the canopy is not touching the ground; remove any buildup of dead branches or leaves.
  • Trim grass and foliage around trees and separate the tree canopies from touching the structure about 5-10 feet.
  • Keep gutters, eaves and roof clear of leaves and other debris.
  • Do not stack wood or other flammable materials within the 30-foot defensible space.
  • Keep a rolled up garden hose with a nozzle attached to an outside hose valve connection.
  • No smoking allowed in NAOS.

For more information about how to keep property protected, visit www.ScottsdaleFD.com.

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