Weather increasing wildfire danger - Tucson News Now

Weather increasing wildfire danger

Heidi Schewel with the U.S. Forest Service. (Source: Tucson News Now) Heidi Schewel with the U.S. Forest Service. (Source: Tucson News Now)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Firefighters will be out in brush trucks and on foot patrolling all over the Coronado National Forest.

They’ll be on the lookout for abandoned camp fires or any signs of smoke. 

The Forest Service said Tuesday’s high winds, coupled with dry vegetation and low relative humidity – is a formula that can create massive wildfires.

Back in 2003, the Aspen Fire on Mt Lemmon burned 84,000 acres. 

Heidi Schewel with the U.S. Forest Service said last year, wildfires broke out every single month. Luckily firefighters were able to get a handle on them quickly, but she said many were human caused.

Schewel said an early warm up in temperatures this year is going to cause additional vegetation growth, which increases the potential for fires.

“It only takes a second and only the slightest puff of a little breeze to lift one or more embers out of a campfire pit and deposit them.  If it lands on something that’s dry, then chances are we’re going to have a wildfire,” Schewel said. 

She added wildfires are most commonly caused by lighting or humans.

A red flag warning is in effect Tuesday, so people need to be extra cautious and keep the following in mind: 

  • If you’re driving with a trailer make sure your tow chains are tied up so they don’t cause any sparks.
  • Do not toss cigarette butts out the window.
  • If you’re grilling or using a BBQ with charcoal, be sure the fire’s completely out before you walk away. 

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