The dry conditions in the Prescott National Forest have provided great fuel for the wildfire that started there yesterday. You can monitor conditions on the Forest website. And don’t forget to check in with the state’s Emergency Information Network.
We play a significant role in response where there are wildfires in Arizona – our licensing folks are monitoring the need for evacuation of places where people live or stay for long periods of time – like hospitals, assisted living and behavioral health facilities. Our environmental health folks are watching to see where the smoke goes and ensure people in those areas are aware of any health dangers. And our emergency preparedness staff supports local public health for any support we can give to protect the health of people who need to be evacuated and in surrounding areas. You can read more in our Wildfire Smoke and Your Health brochure and in our ADHS Wildfire Plan.