BLM puts fire restrictions into place

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The federal Bureau of Land Management has announced Stage 2 fire restrictions for the Lake Havasu Field Office jurisdictions, which includes the Parker Strip.

Since June 20th, fire and smoking restrictions are being enforced on all public lands within the area. These restrictions are similar to thoseimplemented in other areas in Arizona.

The BLM is asking the public to use extreme caution when visiting public lands this summer. Currently there are no plans to close any areas to public use. According to BLM, the following acts are prohibited until further notice:

• Building maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove including fires in developed campgrounds or improved sites.
• Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or on a watercraft or vessel while afloat.
• Discharging a firearm, air rifle, exploding targets or gas gun, except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state and federal laws and regulations.
• Operating motorized vehicles off designated roads and trails.• Mechanical and Industrial Prohibitions
• Welding, metal grinding activities or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
• Using an explosive and/or explosive device.

“Extreme fire conditions are present throughout the State and the public’s help is needed to prevent all unwanted wildfires,” stated Fire Management Officer Mike Trent. “The restrictions will continue until conditions warrant the lifting of the restrictions.”

Fireworks and incendiary devices are prohibited on Arizona BLM public lands year-round.

Violations are punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 and/or imprisonment of not more than 12 months.

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