Wildfire season is coming and here’s what you should know. Last year, Arizona had the worst fire season in nearly a decade. Almost a million acres were burned during over 2,500 wildfires. As fire season once again approaches, there are several things you can do to help prevent wildfires. Some of these things include not throwing cigarettes out of the window while driving, not parking cars with hot engines in tall grass, even along the sides of roads and highways, and alert authorities if you see an unattended fire outside of a prescribed burn. There are also some things you can do to prepare yourself and your home for the possibility of a wildfire in your area. You should have an evacuation plan in place that everyone in your household is aware of, that will decide where to go and what to do in the event you have to evacuate. You can create mitigation zones around your home to reduce combustibles and help guide a fire away from and around your home, should a wildfire come onto your property. It’s also helpful to get some things together so that they are ready if you have to evacuate. Things to pack ahead of time include clothes, food, water, important documents, keepsakes, medication, and supplies for your animals if you have any. Another important thing to do is to pay attention to fires in your area and listen to local authorities, following their “ready, set, go” plan. In the event you do have to evacuate, follow your evacuation plan, grab your prepared items and your animals, and meet in your designated location from your evacuation plan. Stay in a safe place until it is safe to return home.
Vanessa is a lover of all things reading and writing related, but tends to have a soft spot for fiction. She is pursuing a degree in Journalism and hopes to continue on to get a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. While spending the majority of her time as a full-time student, she also likes to spend time cooking, baking, practicing photography, camping, reading, and of course, writing. In the future, Vanessa would love to get some writing published, but would also like to have the opportunity to write for a newspaper or become an editor. She hopes this class will not only help her improve her writing techniques, but also show her how to use writing in the real world.