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2/28/2022 9:48:21 AM
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Carefree Town News: Getting prepared for wildland fire season

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February 28, 2022 | 9:45 AM AZ Local Time


Time to get “Firewise”

Desert wildland fires know no superficial boundary such as a property line, a subdivision or a community’s jurisdictional line.   These wildland fires spread quickly as a result of our desert heat, extremely low relative humidity, and drying fuel loads resulting from our winter rains.    There is one thing we can all do to help minimize the rapid spread of these wildland fires and the resulting damage that is, to remove the nonnative weeds and grasses that emerge from the seasonal winter rains.  Removing these fuels helps to mitigate the rapid spread of these wildland fires and further protect our neighborhoods and homes.  Now is a time to walk your property and begin to remove these nonnative fuels which feed these wildland fires.  Incrementally eliminating these fuels now will minimize your task as these nonnative weeds begin to flourish in the warming spring temperatures. 

Emergency Notification and Evacuation System

Please note that in the unfortunate circumstance that a wildland fire does ignite, it is critical that as a community we work together to prepare to evacuate.  The County’s Ready, Set, Go emergency notification system is a perfect way to familiarize yourself with evacuation preparedness and received updates on the state of evacuation.  Please visit the Maricopa County’s Emergency Notification website to sign up for these alerts at: https://maricoparegion911.onthealert.com/Terms

Fighting wildfires

Support to combat wildland fire is provided to the Town through cooperative agreements with the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.  This State agency maintains in-house fire command and firefighting capabilities, including but not limited to access to aviation resources and 2,700 wildland firefighters and approximately 3,000 pieces of local and federal equipment.  No one local fire department is large enough to address these catastrophic events, therefore, this statewide cooperative is established to assist and manage large scale wildland events.

If we are evacuated, how long will it take to return to our properties?

Even when it appears the fire is extinguished, it could be smoldering below the surface.  As a result, a brief wind could create sparking and caused compromised propane tanks to explode.  Additional hazards such as solar energy systems or generators could be feeding energy to compromised electrical lines and/or compromised structures could be subject to collapse.  Obviously, due to these unknown hazards, the first responders must investigate and mitigate these potential hazards prior to reopening any areas damaged by a wildland fire.


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