State and federal wildfire fighters have begun preparing for our summer burn season.

BLM Fire Mitigation Specialist Nick Howell says crews are clearing dry brush and dead trees from near homes -- particularly in Southern Utah, where most of the danger has been identified.

Fire officials are also reminding home and cabin owners, now is the time you should be brush-clearing, to avoid problems later.

Officials say federal grant funding is available to assist property owners in making their homes more wildfire defensible.