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Wildfire Awareness Week Promotes Prevention Through Simple Activities

This week is Southwest Wildfire Awareness Week, and the message officials are trying to spread is prevention now for protection tomorrow.

The goal of the week is to promote actions to prevent human-caused wildfires, both at home and on the road. Tiffany Davila with the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management said homeowners should keep up with landscaping.

“By doing so, you’re reducing the threat of a wildfire," Davila said. "You’re also making it easier for the firefighters when they have to come and defend your home.”

Davila also has a message for motorists.

“Make sure your tow chains are secured if you’re towing a vehicle or a boat or a trailer," Davila said. "We do have a lot of fires that start from sparking tow chains that are dragging on the highway.”

She also added that tires should be in good condition before hitting the road.


After spending seven months as a news intern for KJZZ, Matt Kling returned in January 2019 as a general assignment reporter, mainly on the weekends.Kling’s radio career started when he joined Blaze Radio as freshman at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School. At Blaze Radio he has served as a host, producer and assistant production director. He’s also interned for KTAR before joining KJZZ in 2018.Kling also has extensive work in television production, working as a director, technical director and other positions for Cronkite News and Arizona PBS. Today, Kling serves as a newscast producer for Cronkite News. He anticipates graduation from the Cronkite School in May 2019.When he’s not working, you can find Kling out and about on the town, or in his downtown Phoenix apartment watching his favorite Philadelphia sports teams.