Reporting a Wildfire

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When visiting your public lands, you can provide a greatly appreciated service by looking for and reporting wildland fires.  The timely reporting of a fire is critical in the successful management of the fire and ensuring public safety.  Information you pass on to the dispatcher will assist the wildland fire resources in responding quickly, safely, and anticipate the resources needed to manage the fire.
The "Check List" below provides the type of information dispatchers need when a fire is reported.

Who To Contact

BLM utilizes four fire management zones for public lands within Arizona.  Each fire management zone has one BLM dispatch office.  Contact the appropriate fire dispatch office when possible. 

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Public and Firefighter Safety Is Our First Priority

When In Doubt Call 911 To Report A Wildfire

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BLM Arizona Fire Zones

Arizona Strip District Fire Zone
Color Country Interagency Dispatch
St. George, UT
(435) 865-4600 or (435) 568-7021

Colorado River District Fire Zone
Prescott Interagency Dispatch
Prescott, AZ

(928) 777-5700 (24 hours)


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Phoenix District Fire Zone
Phoenix Interagency Dispatch
Phoenix, AZ
(480) 457-1551
(480) 457-1555 (24 hours)
866-746-6516 (toll-Free)

Gila District Fire Zone
Tucson Interagency Dispatch
Tucson, AZ
(520) 202-2710 (24 hours)

Check List

When you report a fire to one of our dispatch offices or 911, the dispatcher will ask some questions to gather information about the fire.  This information will help determine the appropriate fire management response.  The checklist below gives examples of the information the dispatcher may request.
Your name and phone number
A phone number where you can be reached if the dispatchers need more information
Location of the fire
Be as specific as possible.  Identify highway milepost markers, landmarks and if the fire is on the north or south side of the road, or in the median.  Also how far the fire has moved and what would be the best route to the fire.
What time did you discover the fire?
Size of the fire.
What is burning?
Grass, brush, timber, slash, building, vehicle, don't know.
Appearance of smoke
Volume (small, medium, large)
Color (white, gray, blue, black, yellow, copper)
Character (thin, heavy, billowy, drifting)
Increasing or decreasing
What is threatened?
Houses, structures, campgrounds, highways
Which direction is the fire spreading?
Do you know what started the fire?
Any information you may have as to how the fire was started will assist us in our investigation.