Fire restrictions in effect for public lands


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will implement fire restrictions beginning June 15, to help reduce the risk of wildfires on public lands north and south of Phoenix. These restrictions will be in effect until further notice.

Fire restrictions include popular areas such as the Sonoran Desert National Monument, Saddle Mountain Recreation Area, and the Painted Rock Petroglyph site southwest of Phoenix, the Agua Fria National Monument, the Table Mesa Recreation Area, Boulders Staging Camp Ground north of Phoenix, the Back Country Byways west of Phoenix, and all wilderness areas.

The restrictions are necessary due to high temperatures and low humidity, creating conditions for rapid spread of wildfires. Public Land users can reduce the risk of wildfires by adhering to these restrictions and fire prevention tips:

  1. Do not build or use a fire, campfire, charcoal broiler or wood stove. Use of propane and petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices is currently allowed.
  2. No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
  3. No discharging a firearm (no target shooting or other shooting) outside of taking game in accordance with Arizona hunting laws in hunting season.
  4. Be aware that driving off-road over dry grass could ignite a fire; be sure that all vehicles and tires are in excellent working order; chains or other recreational equipment must not drag or dangle from the truck or trailer to the ground; secure all recreational equipment; it’s always a good idea to carry a fire extinguisher.
  5. Fireworks are allowed on federal public lands only with a permit.

Violation of these Fire Restrictions is punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, or imprisonment of not more than 12 months, or both (43 CFR 9212.4).

Fire restrictions for public lands may vary in other counties or jurisdictions in Arizona depending on the level of fire danger and may be accessed at: