Tubac prepares safety inspections for high fire danger - Tucson News Now

Tubac prepares safety inspections for high fire danger

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A hot and windy day tomorrow means higher fire danger.

Fire departments throughout Southern Arizona are on high alert.
Experts are calling for a stormy fire season. The Coronado National Forest and Mt. Graham in the Safford area  have been identified as high risk zones.

Those experts are also saying fire activity will be above normal at least for the next two months.

Driving around the Tubac area, you'll also see a lot of dry fuel, grass, trees and shrubs; it's a tinderbox that can go up in a few seconds with just a little spark.

Homeowners in the are being told to create the wildland fire safety zones around their homes. They have been planting trees to create buffer zones.

Local firefighters say they have been prepping their engines, double checking all the equipment and conducting safety tests to make sure everything is ready to go.

The state has also been down to Tubac to perform safety inspections.

Firefighters say the ongoing drought has led to some very dry conditions.

"After the big Murphy fire from 2011, people are pretty interested in keeping shrubbery down away from houses and so forth. Our fuel has been reduced just because of the lack of moisture."

The Tubac Fire Department hopes to have some extra helping hands this year. About 20 new firefighters are just getting out of the academy. Officials say this year, all of them have been trained in fighting wildland fires as well.

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