Experts warn of wildfire danger across the valley

Arizona temperatures have heated back up, but we've had some cool temperatures back in May.

That could prove to hurt Arizona as we head into wildfire season.

In recent days, fire crews dropped slurry on the Blevens Fire, burning near Globe.

"We're in this critical window of June, where we've seen the most significant fires. Mother Nature does her own thing too, and when you get a lightning bolt and dry vegetation, that is a classic recipe for disaster," said Colin Williams with Rural Metro.

On the desert floor, there are dry grasses, and soon all of the vegetation will be dry as well.

"The Rio Fire in 1995 started nearby; Rural Metro fought that into the McDowell Mountains. 23,000 acres at the time, not that big of a deal, but now we've seen explosive growth out here," said Williams.

The Rio Corridor northeast of the valley is part of the urban interface. It's one that needs protecting, by the people who live there.

Rural Metro Fire says if you haven't already, please plan on a 30-foot defensive space around your home and any other buildings on your property.
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