SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP/FOX 10) - Scottsdale fire officials say rain this week is likely to add to the risk of fire this summer.
The Scottsdale Fire Department issued a warning Tuesday for residents whose homes are near or situated in land prone to wildland fires. They say recent rains will increase the chances of more dry fuel once temperatures rise in the summer months.
According to SFD, homeowners in these areas should take protective measures such as removing dead branches or leaves near structures. Other steps include keeping eaves and gutters clear of leaves and any combustible debris.
It is also advisable to create a safety zone around a home by eliminating flash fuels and thinning overgrown vegetation.
Scottsdale residents can schedule a free wildland safety inspection by calling SFD at (480) 312-FIRE (3473).
Rains are phenomenal to reduce our drought, but it also increases our risk of wildfires with all the green plants that will soon become dry, brown fuel. You can reduce the threat by creating a defensible space around your home. https://t.co/C0u2j65RuG pic.twitter.com/Q5wKAltysw— ScottsdaleFD (@ScottsdaleFire) March 12, 2019