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5/1/2013 9:45:00 AM
Heads up, because this wildfire season is off and running

Here we go again, talking about fire danger. But please don't tune out, because, though it seems we've said the same thing for the past however many years, we're saying it again: This is shaping up to be another dangerous wildfire season.

Last May brought us the Gladiator Fire, and threatened to take out the little community of Crown King. Conditions this year are as bad, if not worse, with little snowfall and rain to saturate the forests and grasslands. What little moisture we had served to grow just a little grass and then it turned into tinder when it dried.

In the Prescott Valley area, we might feel relatively safe, with outlying areas in more danger. But don't think you're protected until you go outside and take a good look around your property, and your exposure to your neighbor's.

Do you have weeds and grass growing up around your fence or home? Even a small wildfire started by children playing with fire, someone throwing out a cigarette, or any number of other ways, can catch dry grasses and carry a whopping flame length that can catch your home or outbuildings on fire. Defensible space applies to those of us who live in town as well as those who live in more open areas.

Be sure to mow around your property (look on the other side of the fence!), and clean up old wood, brush and any other combustible items.

We shouldn't have to ask you, if you smoke, to not throw those butts out the window. And, if you camp, observe current fire restrictions and for the sake of our forests and our homes, make sure your fire is soaked and completely out before you leave it unattended.

Before you enjoy warming fires, or try to burn brush or trash, be sure to call Central Yavapai Fire and find out if restrictions are in effect.

Your fire department is your resource. If you want to make sure your property is as safe as possible, call for an evaluation at 928-772-7711.

Safe always is better than sorry.

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