As we approach this 4th of July holiday Yavapai County Emergency Management would like to remind residents that Yavapai County along with all local fire departments and districts is currently under fire restrictions. The county ban prohibits all open fires and campfires. Other types of outdoor fires banned are those that produce open flames such as lamp oil in tiki lamps. Fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays are prohibited. The ban also prohibits the outdoor use of equipment that generates open flames or a spark. This restricts the use of welding equipment and chain saws.
THINK BEFORE YOU ACT!
With extremely windy conditions sparks can turn into flames and flames can quickly spread with dry fuels. 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.
The National Forest Service reminds us:
"One Less Spark, One Less Wildfire"
Each citizen has the responsibility to prevent human-caused wildfires and to protect their own property by creating fire-adapted communities and defensible space around their homes. The majority of wildfire starts are human-caused. Common ignition sources include power equipment, vehicles, and escaped debris burning. Many equipment and roadway fires are preventable with simple actions.
• Vehicle travel provides opportunities for sparks and heat sources to ignite dry, fine grasses.
o Keep tires properly inflated.
o Shorten towing safety chains.
o Ensure that nothing is dragging beneath the car (exhaust pipes, etc.)
o Park well away from grasses; catalytic converters are hot and can start fires.
o Carry a fire extinguisher in your car. Know how to use it.
o Report all fires: call 9-1-1.
• Power equipment like mowers, weed trimmers, and tractors can spark a wildfire when used at the wrong time of day, in windy conditions, or in the wrong way.
o Do yard work before 10 a.m. when temperatures are down and the relative humidity is higher.
o Be sure equipment such as mowers, chainsaws and trimmers have spark arresters.
o Use string vegetation trimmers to cut tall, dry grass.
o Remove rocks to avoid metal mower blades hitting rocks and creating sparks.
o Grind, sharpen, and weld on a paved, enclosed area.
o Be ready with water and a fire extinguisher to put out accidental sparks.
o Report fires. Call 9-1-1.
We highly encourage residents to sign up with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Emergency Notification System to be notified during emergency situations at: http://www.ycsoaz.gov/community/emergency-preparedness/ens/
IT’S TOO LATE WHEN TOLD TO EVACUATE! BE FIREWISE
For more on being prepared, please contact YCEM 928-771-3321