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Release Date: 05/21/14
Contacts: Pamela Mathis 602.402.7690 / 623.580.5500    
  Ken Shaver 623.580.5578    

BLM Implements additional Fire Restrictions for Phoenix Area Public Lands

PHOENIX—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will implement additional fire restrictions on May 23, that will help reduce the risk of wildfire on public lands north and south of Phoenix, Arizona.

Fire Restrictions are necessary due to lack of winter rain, high temperatures and low humidity creating conditions for rapid spread of wildfires.  The BLM will continue to monitor conditions for the need to increase fire restrictions.  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 a developed recreation site/improved site or while stopped in an area at least 10 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

3.       No Discharging of a firearm, air rifle, exploding targets or gas gun except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal or tribal laws and regulations. 

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 Camp Ground 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: or for information on fire prevention tips and restrictions in your area, contact your local BLM office, or visit BLM’s website at

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 sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Last updated: 05-21-2014