Tuesday , 23 January 2018
Natural Disaster

Natural Disaster

If  you had your choice to move anywhere what would be some of the deciding factors? Do you have any deal breakers that would eliminate certain states? Some people like a cooler climate and some prefer a warmer climate. I prefer to live somewhere that doesn’t have a long-lasting history of natural disasters. When mother nature calls we can’t control that and just pray we are safe.

natural disaster(noun)ˈnætʃ ər əl, ˈnætʃ rəl an event caused by nature that kills people or causes damage earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. 

                                             “natural disaster.” Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2013. Web. 27 Oct. 2013. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/natural disaster>.

Arizona can be an ideal place to live if you love the sun and like the heat. The average temperature in the Phoenix area during the summer months ranges from 100 to 115 a few months out of the year. Yes this is a tad bit toasty but you rarely have to worry about natural disasters, but they can happen from time to time. Unfortunately on June 28, 2013 a disaster did happen near a small town in Arizona known as Yarnell 19 firefighters lost their lives. 

This fire is the deadliest wildfire in state history, and our nation’s deadliest in 80 years. The fire has also claimed the lives of more first responders than any single disaster since 9/11,”

 – Janice Brewer

Yarnell Hill Fire

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A good tip if you ever decide to move to a warmer climate make sure to stay as cool as you can during the summer months and if you have a campfire during the summer months you need to be cautious. Arizona State Parks do have law restrictions not allowing campfires during certain times of the year. The trees and grass tend to be very dry so this can cause fires faster. Certain times of year there are different restrictions so you will need check throughout the year. You can contact Arizona State Parks (602) 542-4174 – Main Information Phone Number.

According to Arizona State Parks the below tips can help in avoiding fires.

Tips for Campfires in Designated Sites

  • Dead pine needles and loamy wood soil will carry fires underground and they can later can pop up somewhere else; this is why water is so critical.
  • Brush needles or debris back at least 10 feet.
  • Move dead branches away from your fire.
  • Start your fire with dry twigs and add a couple of larger dry pieces no bigger than your wrist.
  • Keep the fire low in the ground down under the lip of the fire ring, out of the wind.
  • Keep five gallons of water and a shovel ready at all times in case of an emergency.
  • If embers are flying, your fire is too big! Wet it to get it under control.
  • Never burn very large or fat logs.
  • Don’t start a fire when it’s windy.
  • Never leave a fire unattended: this includes going to get more wood, going hiking or hunting, or when you go to sleep.

Don’t just cover coals with dirt … that is a dangerous practice! And please never leave your campsite until the coals are cold on the bottom of the fire pit or you may be in for a surprise when you get home to answer a call about a wildfire that started near your campsite. Southwestern states are dry and dangerously susceptible to wildfires, especially during drought.

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Happy camping