Fire conditions lead to extended BLM fire restrictions

Fire restrictions, implemented in June, will remain in effect due to extremely dry conditions on Bureau of Land Management lands within the Colorado River District (CRD).

The district’s 5.4 million acres of public lands in western Arizona extend from southern Mohave County, along the Colorado River, through La Paz and Yuma Counties and include the management of a small strip of land in southeastern California. Visitors to the area are encouraged to plan before recreating in the area and check for updates for local weather and fire conditions, as localized closures and restrictions are subject to change.

“By Labor Day weekend we are usually able to lift fire restrictions,” said CRD Fire Management Officer, Wade Reaves. “But, because we have received very little rain and fire conditions are high, we felt it was best to make safety a priority and keep the restrictions in place.”

Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove other than in a developed campsite or picnic area where agency-built campfire rings and grills are provided, will continue to be prohibited. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or in a developed recreation site at least six feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials, is also included in the ban, along with welding or the use of any torch, metal cutting or grinding implement, fireworks, exploding targets and incendiary devices (prohibited year-round).

Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, grills or lanterns that include shut-off valves are permitted when used in an area of at least six feet or more clear from flammable material such as grass and brush.

Any person who knowingly and willfully violates the regulations shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment of not more than 12 months, or both. In addition, such persons will be liable to the United States for damages through either an administrative process or in United States federal court.

Fire restrictions can vary by agency and jurisdictions. Know before you go, learn more about current fire restrictions and current fire situations at wildlandfire.az.gov.

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