Along with many parts of the West, the communities on Mt Lemmon continue to expand into the wildland urban interface. This expansion, coupled with the typical drought conditions in Arizona, brings an increased probability for wildfires to threaten homes. A prompt, effective response from Mount Lemmon Fire District can mean the difference between a small grass fire — or a catastrophic one that claims lives and property. Mount Lemmon firefighters are trained to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group standards — All MLFD firefighters are Red Card certified and work closely with Arizona State Department of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service to provide protection and firefighting response on public lands.
MLFD strives to use educational programs like FireWise and Ready Set Go to help prepare our residents for this threat. In addition, MLFD preplans all structures in our District. When wildfire does occur, MLFD utilizes 4 X 4 fire engines, water tenders and air support to prevent the fire from reaching our communities.
In the event of an approaching wildfire on Mt. Lemmon, an emergency siren will sound. We test this safety device yearly to remind citizens to be vigilant and have a fire plan. If you see or suspect a wildfire, call 911 and be ready to give a rough location.