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Firefighters prepare for active wildfire season

Rain in wildfire-scarred Northern California will end fire threat, bring new ones
Posted at 9:27 AM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 12:27:16-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management says a potentially active fire season is on the horizon.

Due to winter rain and snow, the grass load in the central reason of the state has created a higher risk of wildfires.

Areas such as Wickenburg and Wittman are particularly vulnerable.

In 2019, 1,867 wildland fires torched about 400,000 acres. More than three-fourths of those fires were caused by people.

The department has created a plan to address fire response and suppression efforts during the coronavirus outbreak. Measures include isolation of dispatchers, increases hygiene and sanitizing of vehicles and equipment and social distancing at fire camps.