Phoenix, AZ (7/10/19) - The 4th of July holiday weekend keeps Arizona firefighters extremely busy.
The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management reports, between Thursday, July 4th and Sunday, July 7th, firefighters responded to 46 wildfires across Arizona, on all land jurisdictions. Those 46 fires burned a combined total of nearly 4,000 acres.
Most of the fires over the holiday weekend were human caused, including vehicles parked in tall grass, debris burns, and welding. 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.
Residents need to use caution when conducting outdoor activities that require an active heat source and should have water nearby if debris burning or using 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.
Campers need to check area fire restrictions before leaving for their destination. Stage I fire restrictions are in place on some state and federal lands. Where campfires are allowed, always make sure they are cool to the touch before leaving. Drown campfires with water, stir, and then repeat until completely out.
As of today, 935 wildfires have burned more than 205,000 acres on private, state, federal, and tribal lands.
Of the 935 wildfires so far this year, 94% of them were determined to be human caused.