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Phoenix District
Release Date: 07/16/13
Contacts: Pamela Mathis , 602-402-7690 , 623-580-5500
  Ken Shaver , 623-580-5578  

BLM Phoenix District Lifts Fire Restrictions

PHOENIX -  July 15, 2013 - Effective July 17, 2013, at 8:00 a.m., the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Phoenix District will lift fire restrictions on public lands in south-central and central Arizona under the jurisdiction of the BLM Phoenix District.  The recent onset of the summer monsoon has brought substantial moisture and higher relative humidity to most areas significantly reducing the risk of large wildfires.

Visitors are reminded that the potential to start a wildfire still exists since not all areas have received significant rainfall.  Please keep the following in mind and use caution when recreating on your public lands:

  • Campfire Use: The area within 5 feet of a campfire, cook stove or lantern should be clear of vegetation or other flammable material. Never leave a campfire unattended and ensure that campfires are completely out and cold before leaving your campsite.
  • Smoking: Smokers need to extinguish and discard their cigarette and cigars properly. The use of ashtrays is strongly encouraged.
  • Equipment Operations: Ensure that the proper spark arrestor devices are in place when operating chainsaws, off-highway vehicles or other spark producing equipment. A fire extinguisher must be on hand when using a welder or torch in the field.
  • Motorized Use: Always stay on roads and only park in areas void of vegetation. Direct contact or sparks from hot catalytic converters can ignite dry grass.

Fire restrictions for public lands may vary in other counties or jurisdictions in Arizona depending on the level of fire danger and may be accessed at: or for information on fire prevention tips and restrictions in your area, contact your local BLM office, or visit BLM’s website at 

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands.

Phoenix District   21605 North 7th Avenue      Phoenix, AZ 85027  

Last updated: 07-16-2013