TOWN OF CAVE CREEK BUILDING AND FIRE SAFETY DEPARTMENT
Date: May 26, 2020:
Town of Cave Creek escalates fire danger level to
’very high’ in wake of East Desert Fire
CAVE CREEK – Due to the recent East Desert Fire and the continued drying of the desert due to unseasonably warm temperatures the Town’s Chief Building and Fire Official increased the fire danger level to “Very High.”
The Town and surrounding communities saw the devastating effects of how this year’s fuel loads (dry vegetation) can react once sparked, with nearly 1,500 acres of desert destroyed last week in the East Desert Fire, which caused the evacuation of approximately 130 homes. Thankfully there were no injuries and no primary structures were destroyed due to the amazing first responders from State Forestry, Rural Metro Fire Department, Daisy Mountain Fire and Medical, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and other cooperating agencies.
The National Weather Service is forecasting that the Cave Creek area will see temperatures over 110 degrees by Friday, May 29, which will only exacerbate the drying conditions and fuel loads. The Tonto National Forest and other surrounding agencies increased its fire danger level too.
The Predictive Services division of the National Interagency Fire Center projects that significant wildfire potential will be above normal for the Phoenix Valley and other parts of Arizona in the coming months. Combined with the invasion of Stinknet in the North Valley (also referred to as Globe Chamomile) the community is poised for a very long and active fire season.
In fact, since the East Desert Fire first sparked on May 17, there have been at least four brush fires that fire departments and State Forestry have responded to in areas surrounding Cave Creek, making it very apparent that the community must remain vigilant in its fire safety practices.
Community members should create a defensible space around their properties. Residents should also remove Stinknet and other weeds from their properties or at least mow it down, which can reduce fire risks. The Town published a press release with more resources and information earlier this month regarding fire safety.
As a reminder to residents and businesses the Town Code prohibits fireworks once the fire level reaches high, and with the elevated fire danger it is not likely that the level will fall below High prior the July fireworks season. Please help keep our community safe from another fire sparking and use extreme caution, because all it takes is just one spark.