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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Colorado River District
 
Release Date: 05/17/13
Contacts: Lori Cook , 928-317-3243 or cell 928-246-8560  
  James Stewart , 928-508-0503  

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.

The BLM is asking the public to use extreme caution when visiting public lands this summer. Currently there are no plans to close any areas along the Colorado River area to public use. The public is reminded thatthefollowing acts are prohibited until further notice:

  1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove. Campfires and charcoal are permitted in developed recreation sites or improved sites where agency-built fire rings or grills are provided.
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, within a developed or improved recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least six feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
  3. Welding or the use of any torch or metal cutting or gridding implement.
“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 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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Colorado River District   2610 Sweetwater Avenue      Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406  

Last updated: 05-24-2013