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Wildfire assessment course open to public

KINGMAN – Property owners can learn about important steps to prevent wildfires at a free two-day course presented by Mohave County Risk and Emergency Management and the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.

The Firewise USA assessor course is offered to both fire professionals and citizens interested in evaluating properties from a wildland fire protection perspective, said Byron Steward, risk management director.

It takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 17-18 at Pine Lake Fire Department, 6582 E. Flag Mine Road, in the Pine Lake community.

The Firewise USA program is sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, U.S. Department of the Interior and National Association of State Foresters.

It provides information on how to assess wildfire dangers to properties and identifies steps that can be taken to reduce risk to homes.

Mitigation actions taken by homeowners, particularly the creation of defensible space, can often make the difference on whether a home survives a wildfire, Steward said.

The worsening drought and lack of recent precipitation in Mohave County have increased the fire danger to communities in the wildland urban interface, including high risk areas throughout the Hualapai Mountains and foothills.

Fire danger also exists in the Fort Mohave and Mohave Valley area, Golden Valley, Dolan Springs and other rural communities.

The Firewise course will include information on the fundamentals of wildland fire behavior, case studies of fires, wildfire hazards around the home, and hazard mitigation tactics for property owners.

The first day of the course is spent in the classroom, and the second day will take place in the field. Participants will be required to have long pants and closed-toe shoes for the field day.

At the end of the course, individuals will receive a Certificate of Completion. For more information, email Steward at byron.steward@mohavecounty.us or call Risk and Emergency Management at 928-753-0739.