First day of weather warning issued for northern Arizona Monday

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – The Arizona’s Family forecast team is calling a first alert weather day Monday due to high winds expected in northern Arizona. The National Weather Service also issued a red flag warning as the area is still under serious fire danger. Those conditions aren’t good news for fire crews battling the pipeline fire that erupted north of Flagstaff on Sunday.

Here are some ways to help prevent more wildfires from breaking out, courtesy of the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management:

  • When working outdoors, always check the weather forecast in advance. Keep a water source and a shovel nearby and never leave a burn unattended. If you use any type of equipment that can throw sparks, make sure it is equipped with a spark arrester.
  • When recreating – be a responsible camper.
  • Know before you go – check land conditions and fire restriction information. If you’re allowed to – and you have a campfire – put it out completely and make sure it’s cool to the touch before stepping away. Drown, stir and repeat.
  • When towing a vehicle – Take an extra minute to make sure the tow chains are secure before you hit the road. Check your tires, as blowouts are known to cause wildfires. And never stop in tall grass. Your car’s undercarriage can get very hot and start a forest fire if it’s parked in dry vegetation.
  • Protect your property. Create a defensible space. Trim trees, reduce dead fuels, keep your lawn mowed and watered, and remove all flammable materials from your home.

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