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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Phoenix District
 
Release Date: 05/17/13
Contacts: Media Contact: Pamela Mathis , 602-402-7690 or 623-580-5500  
  Fire Contact: Ken Shaver , 623-580-5578  

BLM Implements Fire Restrictions for Phoenix Area Public Lands


PHOENIX—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) implements on May 22, fire restrictions that greatly reduce the risk of wildfire on public lands north and south of Phoenix, Arizona.

With May temperatures reaching 100 and above, the vegetation is exceedingly dry and the risk of wildland fire is at the Very High and heading toward Extreme levels. People who enjoy public lands north and south of Phoenix can reduce the risk of fire by practicing safety and strictly adhering to these “fire restrictions and fire prevention safety tips:”

  1. Do not build or use a fire, campfire, charcoal broiler or wood stove. Use of propane and petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices is currently allowed.
  2. No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
  3. No discharging a firearm (no target shooting or other shooting) outside of taking game in accordance with Arizona hunting laws in hunting season.
  4. Be aware that driving off-road over dry grass could ignite a fire; be sure that all vehicles and tires are in excellent working order; chains or other recreational equipment must not drag or dangle from the truck or trailer to the ground; secure all recreational equipment; it's always a good idea to carry a fire extinguisher.
  5. Fireworks are never allowed on federal public lands. 
Fire restrictions are in effect until further notice for all public lands administrated by the BLM Phoenix District – including popular areas such as the Agua Fria National Monument, the Table Mesa Recreation Area, Boulders Staging Campground north of Phoenix, the Back Country Byways west of Phoenix, the Sonoran Desert National Monument, Saddle Mountain Recreation Area, and the Painted Rock Petroglyph site, southwest of Phoenix, and all wilderness areas.  Violation of these Fire Restrictions is punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, or imprisonment of not more than 12 months, or both (43 CFR 9212.4).
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: www.firerestrictions.us/az/ or for information on fire prevention tips and restrictions in your area, contact your local BLM office, or visit BLM’s website at www.blm.gov/az.


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 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 06-05-2013