Extreme Weather and Public Health

Wildfire Safety

Arizona is one of the hottest and driest places in the United States and also home to several diverse National Forests. These conditions make Arizona prone to wildfires. Persistent drought conditions and high temperatures have contributed to an increase in the amount of wildfires occurring and acres burned. Natural disasters like wildfires have the ability to destroy homes, contribute to landslides, threaten public health, and cause economic damage.

Smoke from wildfires is made of a mixture of gases and fine particles burning from trees and other plant materials. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases. You can take steps to be ready for a wildfire and prepare your home and landscaping to reduce your risk. Learn how to protect yourself and your family from during a wildfirePDF, evacuate safely during a wildfire, and how to stay healthy when you return home.PDF

Learn more about wildfire safety and find valuable information to protect your health using the links below:

Information for ADHS Licensed Facilities

If a licensed facility (Long Term Care, Medical, Assisted Living, Child Care, Behavioral Health, DD Group Home) is affected by a wildfire, there are specific steps they must follow. ADHS has information available to help licensees through the processes. While this information is drafted for the medical facilities, many of the processes are the same. If you are in doubt, please contact your licensing office.

  • Evacuation SlideshowPDF
    As a facility prepares for evacuation, this can help operators made good decisions about where to send residents and patients based on their needs.
  • Waiver SlideshowPDF
    After a Governor's declaration, state licensed facilities can ask for waivers of specific rules if needed. This can help you understand the process. Submit your own ADHS License Waiver.PDF
  • Re-Occupation SlideshowPDF
    Licensed facilities looking to reoccupy a building in an area affected by the wildfires, please contact your licensing office. This can help you through the process.