Updated: Jun 5, 2020
It's that time of year when fire-wise preparedness is a hot topic for forest dwellers. Even if you think you know all you need to know, take 5 minutes and read this article anyway! It will refresh your memory, and you will learn about FREE services offered by the Pinewood Fire Department, Willard Springs service dates, and bulk green-trash pickup dates.
When wildfires blaze, firefighters are limited in what they can do to protect communities in its path. Because our planet is warmer and conditions are dryer, fires today can consume land at a horrifying rate—up to a football field every second! And guess what? Human activities cause 80% of all forest fires. What that means is, we can prevent the majority of fires, and that is good news.
Living within the Coconino Forest, among all its beauty and wildlife, comes an extraordinary responsibility for all Munds Park residents to know and practice fire-wise techniques. Knowing how to care for your land will help keep our community and our forest safe from wildfires.
Why taking care of our property is important.
Flying embers cause MOST wildfires and generally come from unattended campfires, outdoor fire pits, or cigarettes. Embers can be as hot as the fire from which they arise, and are light enough to be carried by the wind for long distances without being extinguished. They are the primary reason properties go up in flames whenever wildfires or flying embers are nearby. Dry or dead plant matter and flammable furniture act as tinder for the embers to quickly spread and jump from your yard to your cabin.
What preventative steps should property owners take?
Starting this spring, you can make these low-cost improvements to your cabin and landscape to keep falling embers from having a chance to catch fire.
Maintain Your Yard
Remove pine needles and dead matter from your rooflines, gutters, deck, porch, patio, and all along fence lines.
Rake all mulch a minimum of 10' away from your cabin, patio, porch, and fence.Trim any shrubs or tree limbs that are closer than 5' from your cabin, porch, or patio.If you have a lawn, keep it hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to help reduce fire intensity.
Prune tree limbs, so the lowest branches are 6' to 10' above the ground to reduce the chance of fire getting into the crowns of the trees. Cut down or thin trees to create open space on your property.
Dispose of branches, weeds, leaves, pine needles, and grass clippings that you have cut to reduce fuel for fire.
Keep porches and patios clutter-free. Don't store unnecessary items, trash, boxes, or anything that can easily ignite from flying embers.
Walk around your property and remove anything within 30' of your cabin that can act as a large fuel source such as woodpiles, spare lumber, vehicles, trash, and boats.
Screen, Seal & Cover
Wind-borne embers can easily invade homes through vents and other openings and can burn your cabin from the inside out! Take the following steps to prevent your cabin from burning.
Walk around your cabin and look for openings and screen or seal them up. Screen areas below decks and porches with 1/8" wire mesh to help prevent green material from accumulating underneath and becoming fuel for fire.
Cover exterior attic and soffit vents with 1/8" wire mesh to help prevent sparks from entering your home. Inspect your roof and replace missing shingles or tiles. Cover ends of tiles with bird stops or cement to help prevent ember penetration during a wildfire.
Want a Firewise Assessment?
No problem, the Pinewood Fire Department offers free firewise inspections! You can schedule a free inspection online or call (928) 286-9885 to schedule an appointment.
Want help with yard work and tree trimming?
Spring is a great time to get your roof inspected, and while you are at it, have your roofer ensure there are no openings for hot embers to invade your roof.
Find roofers that have great reviews and service the Munds Park area right here on Mundsparktoday.com
Bear Jaw Green Waste Curbside Pick-up
Bear Jaw Interagency Fires & Fuels provides free pickup and disposal for branches, logs, small trees, leaves, and pine needles. Place woody vegetation, and up to 10 bags of green waste (pine needles and leaves) per property.
Deadline to place green waste on the curbside is Monday, April 27, by 7:30 am.
To receive a Bear Jaw flyer with full details, email us at Info@MundsParkToday.com. Otherwise, you will receive a flyer in the mail.
Special thanks to Coconino County Public Works for accepting all this woody vegetation for free at the Willard Springs Transfer Station!
Cinder Lake Landfill
Bulk Trash drop off - BULK WASTE VOUCHER REQUIRED
June 5 - 13, 2020
Monday-Friday, 7 am - 4:15 pm
Saturday, 7 am - 3:30 pm
Willard Springs Transfer Station
Green waste only - NO VOUCHER REQUIRED
April 3- August 31, 2020
Friday & Saturday, 9 am - 5 pm
Residents can dump acceptable green waste such as pine needles, branches, leaves, and brush for FREE at the transfer station until further notice. Please keep six feet away from other residents while offloading green waste. The Cinder Lake Landfill, is accepting household and bulk waste. Residents are asked to wait in their vehicles while landfill attendants conduct load inspections.
Location: 6770 E. Landfill Rd Contact Information: 928-213-2125
Don't want to haul your green waste?
No problem. The Pinewood Fire Department will not only loan you a burn barrel, but they will deliver one too! Simply visit the Fire Department and fill out a Borrower's Agreement, and you are all set!
One last note.
Once you complete your yardwork and fire-wise cabin updates, take a moment to visit the Pinewood Fire Department website and log the hours worked and associated cost. It doesn't matter if you hired it out or spent the weekend doing it yourself. Logging these hours helps Munds Park keep our firewise status. Click here to access the online form.