Phoenix, AZ (4/26/18) - With increasing temperatures and no foreseeable moisture, the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management will implement Stage I Fire Restrictions on state-owned and managed lands in Apache, Maricopa, Mohave County, south of the Colorado River, Navajo, La Paz, Yavapai, and Yuma Counties.
Beginning at 8:00 am, on Friday, April 20th, restrictions on campfires, smoking and fireworks will go into place on all state-owned and managed lands in Apache, Maricopa, Mohave County, south of the Colorado River, La Paz, Yavapai, and Yuma Counties.
State-owned and managed lands in Navajo County will go into Stage I Fire Restrictions at 12:01 am, on April 23rd.
Target shooting and fireworks are never allowed on state lands.
“There’s too many factors against us right now. Dry conditions, warm temperatures, wind events, and people being careless are more than enough reasons as to why we need to implement restrictions sooner rather than later,” said State Forester Jeff Whitney.
State-owned and managed lands in Gila County went into Stage II Fire Restrictions on Wednesday, April 18th.
Restrictions apply to the following state-owned and state-managed lands within the above-mentioned counties including:
• All State Trust lands outside incorporated municipalities.
• All Game and Fish Commission Wildlife areas and department properties outside incorporated municipalities.
• All State Parks outside incorporated municipalities – State Parks will remain open with campfires allowed in developed campgrounds.
• All Department of Transportation highway, right-of-way property outside incorporated municipalities, not owned by federal land management agencies.
• Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove, other than in a developed campsite or picnic area is prohibited. Exemptions include, a device solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.
• Smoking is prohibited unless it is within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site/improved site or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barred or cleared of all flammable materials.
• Fireworks or another incendiary device are prohibited.
• Welding or operating acetylene or other torch devices with an open flame is prohibited.
• Any federal, state or local law enforcement officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting organization in the performance of an official duty.
• All land within a city boundary is exempted unless otherwise stated in a city ordinance.
All exemptions to these restrictions must be approved by the State Forester.
If local authorities have imposed stronger restrictions then those listed above, than the local restrictions shall apply.
These restrictions apply to all permit and lease holders and other authorized users of state-managed lands. These restrictions do not apply to private lands under ARS § 37-1303.
Restrictions will continue until rescinded.
For fire restriction information go to: http://firerestrictions.us/az/
For more information, contact Tiffany Davila at 602-540-1036 or by email at [email protected]