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  • Writer's pictureGarrett Power

Preventing Wildfires in Arizona

Winds, prolonged drought, and high temperatures have combined to make Arizona's forests and desert areas EXTREMELY dry. Long term drought, changing fuel conditions and the resulting unpredictable fire behavior, combined with increased human activity suggest that this has the potential to be a busy fire year.

Motorists can help prevent brush fires – and the associated road closures – from occurring along state highways by following these tips:

  • Don’t park in tall grass, as the heat from parts under your vehicle can start a fire.

  • Make sure nothing is hanging from underneath your vehicle and dragging on the pavement.

  • Dragging chains during towing can cause sparks. Never substitute parts when towing.

  • Check tire pressure before you travel. Exposed wheel rims can cause sparks.

Conditions change; for your safety, stay informed on current and predicted conditions in your community, and when you are enjoying the outdoors.


It only takes one spark on dry grass, leaves, branches or pine needles to start a wildfire. Even live trees and brush are dry enough to easily ignite. Wildfires impact recreation areas and may destroy homes and cabins, and threaten lives.

Chainsaws, dragging trailer safety chains, carelessly tossed cigarettes, fireworks, abandoned campfires, and discharge of firearms are all known causes of wildfire.

For more information on wildfire prevention and current fires, visit the Arizona Interagency Wildfire Prevention website.

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