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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Gila District Office
 
Release Date: 04/30/14
Contacts: Southwest Fire Restrictions Hotline 1-877-864-6985    
  Heidi Schewel, (520) 388-8484    

Dry Conditions Trigger Fire Restrictions in Southeast Arizona


Tucson, Ariz. (April 30, 2014) --- Effective Thursday, May 1, the Gila District of the Bureau of Land Management, all districts of Coronado National Forest, Saguaro National Park, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, Chiricahua National Monument, Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Tumacácori National Historical Park, and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument will implement campfire and smoking restrictions in southeastern Arizona, consistent with Arizona State Forestry Division fire restrictions already in place statewide.

Beginning May 1, 2014, and until rescinded, the following are prohibited:

  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove other than in a developed campsite or picnic area where grills are provided.
  • Smoking, except within 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.
Fireworks are always prohibited year-round on federal lands.

Violation of 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.

Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns and heaters possessing shut-off devices 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.

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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Fire conditions as well as localized closures and restrictions are subject to change. Because tribal, federal, state, and local mandates are different, they may have some differences in their restriction notices.  For a more detailed explanation concerning agency restrictions and fire information in general, please contact the nearest land management agency office where you plan to work or play, visit http://wildlandfire.az.gov or call the toll-free Southwest Fire Restrictions Hotline 1-877-864-6985.


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: 05-01-2014