Forest and steppe fires dry completely destroy the fields and steppes during a severe drought. Disaster brings regular damage to nature and economy of region. Lights field with the harvest of wheat

Spring is finally here and it’s already dry, so fire conditions are becoming hazardous. Temperatures are reaching the 20s with the humidity below 30% – meaning grass is easily ignited.

There have already been a few fires in the Flagstaff area but fire damage to properties can be kept to a minimum. If a fire does occur, you can reduce the risk of wildfire around your buildings. Here are some safety tips for your property.

Have a cleared zone around your house and buildings. A 10-metre space immediately surrounding your home can make a difference in saving your home from a wildfire. Remove flammable trees and shrubs such as junipers; these light like matches when exposed to small flames. Remove wood piles and deadfall, and keep grass mowed and watered.

From 10 to 30 metres away, you can reduce fuels by thinning and pruning trees. Remove tree branches up to 2 metres from the ground, and thick shrubbery and deadfall. Your yard will look better and be safer from wildfire.

For more information or a copy of the FireSmart Manual, contact Kim Cannady, Regional Emergency Services Coordinator, at 780-384-4100 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..