PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – Memorial Day weekend is often referred to as the “unofficial” start of summer. As kids may be spending more time on their own in the next few months, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has a new warning about how quick and dangerous brush fires can be.
Body camera video, shared on the department’s Facebook page last week, shows the damage a recent brush fire left behind. Investigators say the flames came within 20 feet of a home.
Sheriff’s deputies say witnesses saw three boys playing with aerosol cans and a lighter. According to investigators, 11-year-old boy intentionally set the fire which caused more than 30-thousand dollars in damage.
Mik Milem with the Arizona Burn Foundation says children are at the highest risk for burn injuries. Part of the mission of the organization is fire safety education. “We’re all inquisitive, right? And in our curiosity we have a tendency to play with things we shouldn’t. And it’s important to teach those kids that they need to stay away from those things because it can be dangerous,” Milem said.
After devastating wildfires in 2018 and 2019, just last year the foundation created a book for children specifically about wildfire prevention in Arizona. Featuring characters named Milo and Moxy, it’s a way for parents to have conversations with their kids about how to prevent and plan for fires, including protecting your house.
“So to clear the area around their home, making sure their is a 40-foot wall clear of debris,” Milem said. “That there’s a water hose that’s plugged in and ready to go and can reach around the entire house… anytime.” He says that also includes having an escape plan in case of an emergency and how to properly put out a campfire.
Here is a link to order the book for free.
Copyright 2021 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.