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BLM implements seasonal fire restrictions in western Arizona due to increased wildfire risk

Due to the increased risk of wildfires, fire restrictions were implemented. Fire regulations not only protect our communities and the areas we rebuild, but they also help enhance public and firefighter safety.

PHOENIX – Beginning Friday, May 26, at 8:00 a.m., seasonal fire restrictions will be enforced for Land Management Lands in parts of western Arizona’s Mojave, La Paz, and southern Yuma counties. Firefighters have noted increased wildfire activity, which is expected to peak in the coming months as the weather continues to get hotter and drier. Fire regulations help limit activity on public lands, known to be the most common cause of wildfires.

From 8:00 a.m. on Friday, May 26, the following acts will be prohibited.

  • Install, maintain, participate in, or use any bonfire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove fire except within a developed recreational site or improved site.
  • Smoking except in enclosed vehicles or buildings. Smoking is prohibited in all federal buildings.
  • Firing firearms, air rifles, or gas guns, unless engaged in lawful hunting in accordance with state, federal, or tribal laws and regulations.

Fireworks and target explosions are prohibited year-round on federal land in Arizona.

Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns and heaters with shut-off devices are permitted. If you use a portable stove, make sure the area is clear of grass or other plants and on a solid floor to prevent the stove from tipping over and starting a fire.

Residents and visitors should review information about fire regulations in each county and local jurisdiction.

Fire conditions and local closures and restrictions are subject to change. Tribal, federal, state, and local government obligations are different and may have minor differences in restriction notices. As changes are possible, visitors should check with their local office for any region-specific restrictions and regulations.

Violation of restrictions can result in fines, imprisonment, or both. Violators may also be held personally liable for reimbursement of fire extinguishing costs.

To further prevent wildfires, do not throw cigarettes out of your car window. Use an ashtray instead. Do not park your car on dry grass as the underside of the car can get hot enough to ignite the plants. Make sure the vehicle is in good driving condition, the tires are well inflated, and that you are not dragging metal or chains from the trailer being towed.

For more information on agency restrictions and fire information in general, contact the office of the nearest land management agency where you plan to work, play, or visit. http://wildlandfire.az.gov

Other helpful links/resources:

Fire limit maps for Arizona and New Mexico: https://wildlandfire.az.gov/fire-restrictions

using this interactive map It helps determine who is in control of the land you plan to rebuild.

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