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CAFMA Fire Marshal Puts Out Roadside Fires

6/7/23


CENTRAL ARIZONA FIRE AND MEDICAL AUTHORITY FIRE MARSHAL DARRELL TIRPAK HAD A VERY EARLY START TO HIS WORK DAY.


AS HE WAS DRIVING INTO WORK THIS MORNING, HE WAS PASSED BY AN ARIZONA STATE TROOPER BOUND FOR AN EMERGENCY CALL. TIRPAK THEN SAW THE TROOPER TENDING TO A GRASS FIRE THAT WAS BURNING JUST OFF THE HIGHWAY, SO HE IMMEDIATELY PULLED-OVER TO ASSIST.


TIRPAK SAID THAT THERE WERE 4 SPOT-FIRES ABOUT 3 MILES APART ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE ROAD. FIREFIGHTERS FROM MAYER FIRE DISTRICT BEGAN WORKING THE OTHER THREE GRASS FIRES.


DRAGGING CHAINS IS ONE OF THE MAIN CAUSES OF ROADSIDE WILDLAND FIRES IN ARIZONA. THE CHAINS CONTACT THE ROAD, CREATING SPARKS THAT EASILY LIGHT THE GRASS ON FIRE AND CAN SPREAD QUICKLY, THREATENING LIFE AND PROPERTY. ADDITIONALLY, SPOT FIRES ARE CHALLENGING FOR FIREFIGHTERS AS THERE CAN BE MULTIPLE STARTS, SOMETIMES MILES APART.


CAFMA WOULD LIKE TO REMIND MOTORISTS TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT NOTHING IS DRAGGING BENEATH THEIR VEHICLES, AND TO CHECK AND SECURE TOW CHAINS EACH TIME THEY TOW.


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