The APS fire mitigation team coordinates closely with local fire authorities and the U.S. Forest Service on fire mitigation efforts and also during active fire incidents.
Jason Clawson, Deputy Fire Staff Officer of Kaibab National Forest, characterizes Kaibab’s relationship with APS as long-standing and respectful.
“APS is one of our best partners when it comes to fire prevention and mitigation efforts,” Clawson said. “We share a common vision around serving the public.”
So, what can APS customers do to aid fire prevention and mitigation efforts?
Consider “The Right Tree in the Right Place” policy when planting in your yard. Shrubs and trees planted near overhead lines should not grow taller than 15 feet.
“There is a right place for trees and it’s not underneath a power line and it’s not around a utility pole,” Ward said. “We encourage customers to plant something, but to plant it outside of the rights-of-way and away from their homes."
He added, “For a customer, creating defensible space includes removing all vegetation from around their homes. If they can do that within 30 feet of their house, the odds of keeping their home safe from a fire increases greatly. It gives the firefighters a fighting chance to come in and save their home in the event of an oncoming wildfire.”