The increase in wildfire starts, coupled with hot temperatures and dry fuels, forces the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management to go statewide with fire restrictions.
As of today, northern Arizona will now be under Stage 1 restrictions, to include, Apache, Coconino, Mohave, and Navajo counties.
Beginning at 0800, those northern Arizona counties will follow suit with the rest of the state. Restrictions on campfires, smoking and fireworks will be in place. Target shooting is never allowed on state lands.
“We are in the heart of fire season and heading into the midst of the Arizona summer. Nearly 20 wildfires are actively burning around the state today, resources are spread very thin, and we need to be proactive. We do not want another Sawmill or Lizard in the state,” said State Forester Jeff Whitney.
With these latest restrictions, the entire state will now be under Stage 1 restrictions on state-owned and state-managed lands.
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 are effective at 0800 on Friday, June 16th, and will continue until rescinded. For fire restriction information go to: http://firerestrictions.us/az/
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