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Fire crews, forest service contain and extinguish 15-acre brush fire in New River

4/13/16

NEW RIVER – A 15-acre brush fire burned in the area of New River and Fig Springs Roads on April 7. Crews were able to contain and extinguish the fire within about three hours. It is not known yet what sparked the brush fire.

DMFD Battalion Chief Dave Wilson noted that Daisy Mountain Fire was dispatched at about 1 p.m. on April 7 due to a report of smoke in the Fig Springs area.

“En route, E145 noted a large amount of smoke in the area and requested additional units to assist,” Wilson said. “A 1st alarm assignment was dispatched that included six Engines, six Brush Trucks (off road fire trucks designed for rough terrain), two water Tankers, one Helicopter, four Chief officers/Command officers, and one command van (command post).”

The Phoenix and Peoria Fire Departments provided aid to Daisy Mountain Fire, and the State Land Department and Tonto National Forest Service were immediately notified and responded to assist with the fire. With the assistance of the Phoenix Firebird helicopter crew, ground crews were able to determine early on in the fire that no structures were threatened.

“Access did become a challenge due to the terrain,” Wilson noted. “Firefighters were limited to off road vehicles (Brush Trucks), or made access on foot.”

“The fire was 100 percent contained at 1606 and turned over to Tonto National Forest for mop up and investigation,” Wilson said. “It is unclear how it started; however, the fire is under investigation.”

As warmer weather moves in, brush fires become more common. Daisy Mountain Fire is sharing a comprehensive list of ways to protect your home from brush fires.

DMFD fire prevention tips:

Regularly clean gutters and roofs. Wash the roof on a regular basis to get rid of dry needles and leaves.
Have a garden hose long enough to reach most areas on your property.
Prevent sparks from entering your home. Screen openings to floors, roof, and attic with 1/8 inch mesh. Use a maximum of ½ inch mesh screens beneath porches, decks, floor areas, and the home itself.
Install protective shutters or heavy fire resistant drapes.
Provide a driveway that is wide enough to allow access for the fire engines (12’ wide with a 15’ vertical clearance and a slope less than 5 percent.
Keep your driveways and access roads well maintained, clearly marked, and include ample turn space near the house.
Clear a 10-foot area around propane tanks and the barbecue.
Regularly dispose of newspaper and rubbish at an approved site. DO NOT BURN IT!
Create a defensible space by thinning trees and brush within 100’ from all structures.
Do not park non-running vehicles (including trailers, RVs, and boats) around your home. They are extremely flammable and will burn.
Store gasoline, oily rags, and other flammable materials only in approved safety cans. Place cans in a safe location away from the base of any buildings.
Piles of refuse such as old furniture, boxes, and pallets are fires waiting to happen.
Rake and dispose of leaves, needles, and twigs.
Remove dead and piled up vegetation, and dispose of it properly. DO NOT BURN IT!
Keep any stored debris from within 100’ of all your buildings.
Remove all leaves and rubbish from under any structures.
Remove ladder fuels (plants that provide a link between the ground and the tree limbs).
Mow your grass often.