Local meteorologists gearing up for bad wildfire season, aim to educate people about fire dangers

It's shaping up to be a tough fire season in Arizona, and this is the time when agencies try to educate the public about what to expect.

Starting tomorrow, agencies across the state will kick off wildfire awareness week. The National Weather Service says, because of dry conditions, we can expect an intense fire season.

"The reds and oranges are dryer air," says Meteorologist Charlotte Dewey with the National Weather Service.

Winds, drought and high temperatures are a few of the things meteorologists at the National Weather Service are keeping a close eye on as fire season nears.

"Looking ahead to the fire season, it doesn't look too great, says Dewey. 

Dewey says this is the time of year the National Weather Service works to educate the public...during Wildfire Awareness Week.

"May and June are our driest months, so any weather systems we get, they could start a fire or promote and spread a fire," says Dewey.

For the public, the message is think before you act. That means, watch for sparks coming from your car, make sure your camp fire is fully out, don't toss a burning cigarette into public lands and don't use fireworks on public lands, which is already against the law.

Remember tough weather conditions along with human errors can be a recipe for disaster.

"We start gearing up, getting ourselves aquatinted with the fuels vegetation, the snowpack or lack of, kind of getting an idea on how the previous [year] has been and what the spring may look like," says Dewey.

Southwest Wildfire Awareness Week runs from March 29 to April 4th.
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