Fire restrictions remain in effect in Phoenix District

PHOENIX – Unusually warm and dry conditions persist in Arizona, and fire activity continues across the state. As outdoor recreation increases in the Phoenix District, public lands users are reminded that BLM lands administered by the Phoenix District in Maricopa, Pima, Pinal and Yavapai counties, including the Sonoran Desert National Monument and Agua Fria National Monument, remain under fire restrictions. 

The following activities continue to be restricted until further notice:

  1. Building or using a fire, campfire, charcoal broiler, or wood stove. Use of propane and petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices is currently allowed.  
  2. 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.  
  3. Discharging a firearm (no target shooting or other shooting) outside of taking game in accordance with Arizona hunting laws in hunting season.

Visitors to public lands are reminded 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.  

Fireworks, airborne luminaries, tracer ammunition, explosives, incendiary devices of combustible or explosive composition are prohibited year-round and apply to all BLM-managed lands within Arizona. 

Violation of fire restrictions is punishable, subject to a fine, imprisonment, or both.  

Before planning your next trip to public lands, ensure you are aware of fire regulations, restrictions, or area closures. Fire restrictions may vary by county or jurisdiction depending on the level of fire danger. For information on fire prevention tips and restrictions in your area, contact the Phoenix District Office at 623-580-5500, or visit 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.

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Bureau of Land Management

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Phoenix District Office

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Mariela Castaneda, Public Affairs Specialist
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