The Bureau of Land Management lifts fire restrictions in Arizona
PHOENIX – Effective Wednesday, November 11, 2020, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will lift fire restrictions on all BLM-managed public lands in Arizona. Due to cooler temperatures, shorter days, and increased precipitation causing a rise in fuel moisture, it has been determined that the likelihood of wildfires has lessened to the degree that the restrictions can be rescinded.
The potential for wildfires still exists, we ask that before going hiking or camping, ensure you are aware of fire regulations, restrictions, or area closures to help with the continued prevention of wildfires.
- Use metal fire rings or grills where available. Wood placed on a fire should never exceed the size of the grill or fire ring.
- If building a fire on the ground (in areas where permitted), select a location that is away from adjoining or overhanging flammable material, and ensure the ground beneath and around the fire is clear of all flammable materials. On windy days fires avoid building fires if possible.
- If you have a campfire, make sure it is fully extinguished before leaving the area. Douse fires with water and dirt, then stir with a shovel until it is completely cold to the touch.
- If you are using a portable stove, make sure the area is clear of grasses and other fine fuels. Prevent stoves from tipping and starting a fire.
- Never throw cigarettes out the window of a vehicle. Instead, use ashtrays to prevent wildfires.
- Practice Leave No Trace principles—pack out cigarette butts and burned materials from your camping area.
- Never park a vehicle over dead grass; the catalytic converter can ignite the vegetation.
- Use caution when discharging a firearm, operating an internal combustion engine, welding or operating acetylene or other torches with an open flame, or using explosives (where permitted).
Fireworks and exploding targets are always prohibited on federally managed lands.
Fire restrictions vary by county or jurisdiction depending on the level of fire activity and dry conditions locally. For information on fire prevention and restrictions in your area, contact your local BLM office, or visit, https://www.blm.gov/arizona or https://wildlandfire.az.gov.
The BLM manages more than 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. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $111 billion in economic output across the country in fiscal year 2019—more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 498,000 jobs.