Firefighters respond to nearly 50 wildfires over Fourth of July weekend
Of 935 total wildfires in Arizona this year, 94% were human caused
Updated as of Wednesday, July 10, 2019 10:38 PM
The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management kept busy during the Fourth of July weekend with firefighters responding to 46 wildfires across Arizona, according to a press release Wednesday afternoon.
Those 46 wildfires burned a combined total of nearly 4,000 acres, Arizona Department of Forestry spokesperson Tiffany Davila said.
“Fire activity remains high across the state, including the desert areas due to an abundance of grass from last year’s winter rain and snow,” Davila said in the press release.
As of Wednesday, 935 wildfires have burned more than 205,000 acres on private, state, federal and tribal lands in Arizona. Of those fires, an estimated 94% were determined to be human caused.
Arizona Department of Forestry urges residents to use caution when conducting outdoor activities that require heat source and have water nearby if debris are burning or there is use of any equipment with an open flame.
“Drivers should avoid pulling off to the side of the road into tall grasses, ensure tow chains are properly secured and vehicles are inspected before getting on the road,” Davila said.
Campers are asked to check fire restrictions regularly before heading to their destination. When campfires are allowed, always make sure they are cool to the touch before leaving, Davila said, adding they should always be drowned with water and stirred until completely out.