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There has been little to no precipitation across Southern Arizona so far, and officials are giving residents an early warning about potential wildfires.

The U.S. Drought Monitor, operated by the Department of Agriculture, lists most of the southeastern part of Arizona at a level 2, meaning severe drought.

Such drought has caused a potential for wildfires in urban areas, such as Oro Valley to the eastern edge of Tucson, according to officials.

Willie Treatch, fire marshall with the Rural/Metro Fire Department, said residents can help reduce the potential for fire with a few precautions, including having at least 30 feet of defensible space between homes and any dead or down material.

The Arizona State Forestry Division has not put any official restrictions on open fires yet, but Treatch suggested Tucsonans to check the Forestry website before starting an outdoor fire.