Warm temps and high winds increase Valley fire dangers: Simple ways to protect your home

PHOENIX - Warmer temperatures and dry air move across Arizona Tuesday, launching several Red Flag Warnings, including here in the Valley.

ABC's Chief Metrologist Amber Sullins says the combination of low humidity, warm temperatures and high winds creates dangerous conditions when it comes to fire threats.

Valley Forecast: High winds, low humidity and hot temperatures across the state

The Phoenix Fire Department demonstrated how quickly a spark can ignite a piece of dry or dead brush, whether it be an old shrub, tree or plant. These conditions are not only serious to the start of wildfires, they can also fuel a house fire.

We're Taking Action to help keep you safe and protect your home:

- Avoid burning anything or using an open-flame grill when a Red Flag Warning is issued.
- Don't flick cigarette butts or matches onto the ground, especially near any dead or dry areas.
- Trim the limbs of dead, dying or overgrown trees.
- Clear any dead plants, leaves or shrubs from landscape around your home.
- Remove pine needles, leaves and twigs from home gutters.

The fire department also says it is very important that homeowners have fire extinguishers and have smoke detectors installed.

Phoenix Fire Captain Benjamin Santillan says dry twigs, leaves and pine needles are highly flammable and can ignite and spread quickly. View more safety tips at Phoenix.gov .

This demonstration was conducted in a safe area near the ABC15 studios, and was overseen by the Phoenix Fire Department. A fire truck and EMS personnel were on-site to ensure the demonstration was conducted safely.

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