Arizona

Apr 2, 2014 5:26 PM by Associated Press

Governor: Wildfire threat worsened by drought

PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Jan Brewer is calling on Arizona residents to be vigilant about preventing wildfires in the wake of an ongoing drought that has left the state even more vulnerable.

Brewer said Wednesday the threat of wildfires is even more intense this year thanks to drier conditions and people simply being careless.

She says there have already been 179 wildfires this year and they were all preventable.

Brewer made the remarks during a news conference with forestry officials at the Arizona Division of Emergency Management in conjunction with "Arizona Wildfire Prevention Week."

In Arizona desert areas, fire officials say the bone-dry conditions are more like those typically seen in May.

Brewer says the deaths of 19 firefighters in the Yarnell Hill Fire last year show how destructive wildfires can be.

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