Learn How To Prepare For Upcoming Wildfire Season

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An informational workshop about the upcoming fire season will be held Saturday on the Payson campus of Gila Community College from 9 a.m. to noon.

Several speakers will cover the gamut of fire safety issues -- everything from forest health to wildfire prevention efforts -- at the Firewise Workshop, to be held in room 301.

Scheduled speakers at the workshop include Payson Fire Chief Marty deMasi and officials from the Tonto National Forest, who will provide updated information about fuel reduction activities. Members of the Pine/Strawberry Fire Department will also be in attendance.

Chris Jones, an agent with the Agriculture and Natural Resources Program with the University of Arizona, said that the Forest Service has accomplished a lot of preventative work in the last five years.

Jones will give a presentation about landscaping that reduces fire risk for homes in the Rim Country.

Jones said the workshop is open to the public and will serve primarily as an informational session, as the fire season kicks into full gear.

A panel discussion, consisting of Payson Mayor Bob Edwards and council members Su Connell and Andy Romance, Community Development Director Jerry Owen and deMasi, will also serve to illustrate cooperative efforts between the town and fire officials.

For more information about the workshop, contact Jones at (928) 402-8586.

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