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Burn restrictions on Arizona public lands

 

 

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Hot, dry spring weather prompted burn restrictions on many public lands in Arizona. The restrictions currently in place are recommended for private lands as well. Fire danger remains elevated across the state after a very dry winter. 

The following are prohibited on many Arizona public lands according to the Arizona State Forestry Division: 
  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove.
What is allowed: In developed campsites or picnic areas where grills or fire rings are provided, fires are allowed but should never be left unattended and should be completely extinguished upon departure. Always, drown, stir, and repeat until the fire is cold to the touch.Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns and heaters possessing shut-off ddevices are allowed. When using a portable stove, make sure the area is clear of grasses and other fine fuels. Prevent stoves from tipping and starting a fire.

  • Smoking
Where it is allowed: In 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 barren or cleared of all flammable materials. Cigarettes should never be thrown out the window of a vehicle. Instead, ashtrays should be used in order to prevent wildfires. Always practice Leave No Trace principles and pack out cigarette butts while hiking or camping. 
  • Fireworks are always prohibited year-round on federal lands. 
According to the Arizona State Forestry Division violation of these "restrictions on federal lands is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual and up to $10,000 for an organization; or imprisonment for not more six (6) months; or both. Violators also may be held personally responsible for reimbursement of fire suppression costs."

The Arizona State Forestry Division also cautions drivers and workers from accidentally sparking fires. 

"Maintain spark arrestors, and don't run power equipment on windy days. Never park a vehicle over dead grass, the catalytic converter can ignite the vegetation. Maintain vehicle brakes, keep tires properly inflated, and shorten tow chains to prevent sparks. One less spark means one less wildfire." says the Arizona State Forestry Division.

Closures and restrictions are subject to change, depending on daily weather and fire conditions. Check with the local land management agency for the most up-to-date information. 

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