PHOENIX-- One neighborhood in Phoenix is constantly threatened by fires.
Chris Luz the Mayor of Phoenix says, "potentially burn homes and take lives. The problem here is that there is a huge amount of fuel that when it comes summer time and burn season. It could start on fire do to illegal transient camping that's in this area."
Monday night Luz had a community meeting to discuss his idea of reducing the fire risk. He is hoping to use city funding to combat the yearly problem.
Ed Chizek lives near railroad tracks. He says, "I'm totally for that."
Ed Chizek lives right by the railroad tracks. He's even seen flames coming from the 31 acres.
Chizek says, "actually we've had a couple of close calls back in the field there in the past."
The fire is a big enough problem for him. There is also the problem of the smoke.
Chizek says, "I have COPD so when the fire season comes and gets smokey I am locked up inside."
During the height of fire season last year Luz went door to door in this neighborhood.
Luz says, "I asked people to help mitigate the problem by racking their leaves , cleaning out debris in their home, cleaning out their gutters."
This year he's hoping to team up with Jackson County and the railroad company for funding.
Luz says, "the goal for me is to get the county and the railroad and the city to corporate. Have a team effort to help mitigate the fire danger that lies out here before fire season starts."
As of right not Luz is unsure if the county or the railroad company will contribute to the funding. If they do not Luz is hoping Phoenix City Council will approve the full funding.
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