BLM implements fire restrictions in Navajo and Apache counties
HOLBROOK, Ariz. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Gila District implemented Stage 1 Fire Restrictions today for BLM-managed land in Navajo and Apache counties. The decision to go into fire restrictions is based on current drought conditions and lack of foreseeable moisture.
The BLM, in coordination with state and federal land management partners, as well as representatives from each county, considered a multitude of criteria to determine the need for fire restrictions. These criteria include vegetation conditions and fire behavior, weather forecasts, a noted increase in human ignited fires, an increase in visitation to public lands, and the availability of firefighting resources in the region/state.
Under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions the following are prohibited until further notice:
- Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire or campfire other than in a developed campsite or picnic area where metal campfire rings and/or grills are provided.
- Smoking outside of designated areas
- Welding, metal grinding activities or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
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.
Violation of restrictions is punishable by fines, imprisonment, or both. Violators also may be held personally responsible for reimbursement of fire suppression costs.
Cigarettes should never be thrown out the window of a vehicle. Use ashtrays to prevent wildfires. Always practice Leave No Trace principles.
Never park a vehicle over dead grass. The underside of your vehicle can get hot enough to ignite the dry grass.
The use of fireworks, exploding targets, and floating sky lanterns is always prohibited on BLM-managed land year-round. For more information on fire restrictions on state or federally managed land in Arizona visit: WildlandFire.az.gov.
This year, we invite everyone to reimagine your public lands as we celebrate 75 years of the BLM’s stewardship and service to the American people. The BLM manages approximately 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency’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.