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State Forestry Officials Warn Of A “Very Active Fire Season” This Year Across Arizona


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State forestry officials say if current conditions continue, we could have a very active fire season across Arizona. Fire managers say once temperatures warm up, the central and southern regions may see an early start to wildfire activity due to multiple factors, including the state’s severe drought status, a lack of precipitation, and a carryover of heavy, grass mat in unburned areas. By June, fire managers say the potential for widespread, statewide fire activity exists if precipitation remains minimal through early summer. Forecasters do expect La Nina conditions to linger for the next few months, however early indicators point toward a timely arrival of a normal monsoon season. Last year’s extreme heat and lack of moisture, coupled with a blanket of fine fuel across the Sonoran Desert, provided a foundation for one of worst fire seasons in the state. More than 25-hundred fires burned over 978-thousand acres of state, federal, and tribal lands. Residents need to be proactive and create defensible space around their properties. Remove any dead or dying vegetation, keep lawns watered and mowed, remove flammable materials from around the exterior of the structure and remove leaves from rooftops and gutters.