U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Colorado River District
|Release Date: 05/17/13|
Fire Restrictions Announced for Bureau of Land Management in Western Arizona
To protect the public, natural resources, and reduce the risks of wildfires, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Colorado River District has announced fire restrictions on 2.5 million acres of public lands in western Arizona and southeastern California along the Colorado River.
Effective Wednesday, May 22, 2013, fire and smoking restrictions will be enforced on all public lands within the BLM Yuma and Lake Havasu Field Office jurisdictions. These restrictions are similar to those being implemented in other areas in Arizona.
“Due to the mild winter and low precipitation levels, we have very dry vegetation in the area that will become fuel for wildfires as temperatures rise and humidity falls,” stated Fire Management Officer Mike Trent. “The restrictions will continue until conditions warrant the lifting of the restrictions.”
Violations of these restrictions are punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 and/or imprisonment of not more than 12 months.
Imperial, Cibola, Bill Williams, and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges continue to enforce year-round fire restrictions.
For fire restriction information in Arizona and New Mexico:
Call Toll Free: 1-877-864-6985
Visit the website: http://www.firerestrictions.us/
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 multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2012, activities on public lands generated $4.6 billion in revenue, much of which was shared with the States where the activities occurred. In addition, public lands contributed more than $112 billion to the U.S. economy and helped support more than 500,000 jobs.
Colorado River District 2610 Sweetwater Avenue Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406
|Last updated: 05-24-2013|
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