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Fire Danger Levels Rise in Sedona Fire District

Sedona AZ (October 17, 2017)Earlier this week, Coconino National Forest managers increased the fire danger rating from moderate to high.

“Due to the decrease in fuel moistures and lack of rain in the forecast, forest managers have made the decision to elevate fire danger levels to high,” explained Jon Davis, Sedona Fire District Fire Marshal. “Fire conditions will likely remain elevated until the weather cools and we see a little rain.”

Last weekend, SFD firefighters extinguished a Sedona area blaze caused by a carelessly discarded cigarette.

“Saturday evening a cigarette butt that was thrown into a flower bed caught a nearby stack of wood on fire,” said Davis. “Even at midnight the relative humidity was only 10% and it was quite windy. Those are ideal conditions for this type of fire.” Cigarettes will generally not catch surrounding vegetation on fire until relative humidity is below 22%.

Sedona Fire District reminds citizens that we must all be cognizant of the elevated fire danger and to utilize safe practices whether barbecuing, enjoying a campfire or while smoking.

“One less spark, one less wildfire,” reminded Davis. “Most wildfires in Arizona are caused by human activity. We all need to do our part to make sure that we don’t do anything that jeopardizes ourselves, our neighbors, or the beautiful scenery we enjoy every day.”

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