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AZ fire officials gird for wildfires with 'One Spark' campaign

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Fire experts say the number of fires burning out of control in San Diego County right now is very unusual because the fire season in California usually doesn't start until much later in the year.

And the problems raging in California could end up having a big impact in Arizona.

"We have the same potential to have that kind of fire behavior," said Delores Garcia with the Bureau of Land Management.

Garcia says Arizona has been extremely lucky to have thus far avoided a large-scale wildfire while enduring dry and windy conditions.

Fire restrictions in part of the state have gone into effect sooner than usual.

Right now, the DC-10 air tanker normally parked at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is assisting those firefighters in San Diego County.

Arizona, California and New Mexico are expected to have a severe fire season, but there are only so many fire assets to go around.

"If a fire starts out there in Arizona or northern California, the resources still have to be spread out," said Cal Fire Battalion Chief Nick Schuler.

"It puts into play a little more competition for some of our more limited resources," said Garcia.

The new campaign Arizona fire officials will be using to get the word out about fire prevention is called "one less spark, one less wildfire."

Officials will be doing things like giving out repurposed fire hoses to cover loose chains for truck trailers.

More than half the wildfires in Arizona are caused by humans.

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