HEBER-OVERGAARD — The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management along with the Heber-Overgaard Firewise Council will be hosting a free course entitled “Reducing Wildfire Risk in the Home Ignition Zone,” Saturday and Sunday, Feb 8-9, at the Black Mesa Ranger District Office, 2748 State Hwy. 260, in Overgaard.

The two-day course is designed for community members and fire professionals interested in wildfire risk reduction activities property owners can implement to improve home survivability due to a wildland fire threat.

The course will include information on the fundamentals of wildland fire behavior; potential types of ignition sources; the home ignition zone; recommendations for wilfire risk reduction actions; case studies of Wildland-Urban Interface fires; National Fire Protection Association Firewise and Firewise USA recognitions programs.

There will be a mix of classroom presentations and field practice with property site visits. Please dress appropriately for weather conditions for property walk-throughs. The second day of the class may be cut to a 1/2 day based on the number of homes to be assessed.

The course is offered at no charge. To register, contact Dan Mapstone, chair of the Heber-Overgaard Firewise Council, at (928) 535-9863, or email heber-overgaardfirewisecouncil@hotmail.com

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