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McCain: Salt Cedar Trees Are One Of Arizona's Greatest Fire Dangers

The summer wildfire season is just beginning in Arizona. Many state parks and recreation areas have put fire bans into place as a precaution.

During a Facebook town hall last week, Sen. John McCain said Salt Cedar Trees are one of the greatest fire dangers and threat to the state’s watershed.

“These things called Salt Cedar, which was imported into Arizona that is on our streams and rivers drinks huge amounts of water," McCain said. "Just removing the Salt Cedar would give us hundreds of thousands of water, usable water that we don’t have today.”

Salt cedar trees have an extensive root system that is hard to eradicate.

Recently, salt cedar trees were the primary fuel for the Cactus Fire, which burned more than 800 acres near Mesa.

Katherine Fritcke Producer, Morning Edition Katherine Fritcke is the Morning Edition Producer for KJZZ. Fritcke was born and raised in Scottsdale. After deciding to leave the Arizona heat, she graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, IA with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She is a self-proclaimed public media junkie who can't get enough of programs like "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" and "Ask Me Another."