Fire restrictions on Bureau of Land Management property begin Friday at 8 a.m.
These restrictions, which will be in effect in Maricopa, northern Pinal, western Pima, and Yavapai counties, aim to mitigate the escalating wildfire activity expected during the hotter and drier months ahead. By limiting activities known to be common causes of wildfires, fire managers hope to safeguard public lands and the communities that surround them.
The following activities will be prohibited on BLM-managed lands:
- Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove fire, except within developed recreation sites or improved sites.
- Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building. Smoking is strictly prohibited in all federal buildings.
- Discharging a firearm, air rifle, or gas gun, except during a lawful hunt authorized by state, federal, or tribal law and regulations.
- The restrictions also extend to developed recreational shooting sites within the Phoenix District, including Baldy Mountain, Church Camp Road, and Saddleback Mountain.
- Fireworks and exploding targets remain prohibited year-round on federally managed lands in Arizona.
Permitted Activities: Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns, and heaters equipped with shut-off devices are allowed. However, when using a portable stove, it is crucial to ensure the surrounding area is clear of grass and vegetation, and the stove is placed on a stable surface to prevent accidental tipping and fire ignition.
Violating these fire restrictions can result in fines, imprisonment, or both. Additionally, individuals found responsible for starting fires may be held personally liable for reimbursing fire suppression costs.
To further contribute to wildfire prevention efforts, it is essential to follow these additional guidelines:
- Refrain from discarding cigarettes out of vehicle windows. Always use an ashtray instead.
- Avoid parking vehicles over dry grass, as the heat generated by the vehicle’s underside can ignite vegetation.
- Ensure your vehicle is in good operating condition, with well-inflated tires, and check for any dragging metal or chains from towed trailers.
For more detailed information on agency restrictions and general fire safety, visit the website https://wildlandfire.az.gov.