BLM Arizona Fire Restrictions

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The BLM, a leader in the nation’s management of wildland fire, carries out a broad range of actions to protect the public, natural landscapes, wildlife habitat, recreational areas, and other values and resources. 

Year-Round Restrictions

  • Using exploding targets, fireworks, sky lanterns, tracer ammunition and other incendiary devices is prohibited on BLM-managed public land in Arizona. Fire Prevention Order

View the sections below for local contact information, fire restrictions, and closures for the area(s) you are planning to visit.

Arizona Strip District
Colorado River District
Gila District
Phoenix District

Year-Round Fire Restrictions

Statewide Restrictions

Year-Round Restrictions

Using exploding targets, fireworks, sky lanterns, tracer ammunition and other incendiary devices is prohibited year-round on all BLM-managed public lands in Arizona.

Fire Prevention Order

FIRE PREVENTION ORDER
Order No. AZ910-2021-001

Arizona Year-Round Fire Restrictions

Under authority of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (Title 43, United States Code (U.S.C.), Section 1701, et. seq.) and pursuant to Title 43 Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R) § 9212.0-6 it is the policy of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to take all necessary actions to protect human life, the public lands and resources and the improvements thereon through the prevention of wildfires.

Pursuant to 43 C.F.R. § 9212.2, the following acts are prohibited on BLM managed public lands, areas, roads, waterways, and trails in the state of Arizona. This order is in addition to and includes acts already prohibited under 43 C.F.R. § 9212.1 and/or certain Arizona State Laws. This order shall go into effect at 12:01am, MST, on May 8, 2021 through 11:59pm on May 7, 2022.

In the interest of wildfire prevention, public safety, and in compliance with 43 C.F.R. § 9212.2, these BLM actions complement and support state and local wildfire prevention laws and regulations, which apply to all BLM-managed lands within Arizona. This fire order does not supersede local BLM fire orders. The BLM District or Field Offices may issue seasonal fire restrictions through a fire prevention order, and may rescind those seasonal restrictions, as necessary.

Acts prohibited under this order:

  • Possessing, discharging, or using fireworks or pyrotechnic devices. Fireworks include, but are not limited to, any device which produces noise, smoke, showers of sparks, or movement by combustion or explosive materials. Pyrotechnic device means any device manufactured or used to produce a light or sound effect by combustion, deflagration, or detonation. Explosives are defined by the U.S. Department of Transportation in 49 C.F.R. § 173. This definition includes all classes of fireworks.
  • Releasing or causing to be released any sky lanterns, Chinese lanterns, airborne paper lanterns, aerial luminaries and/or fire balloons. Such items are typically made of wax covered paper with an opening at the bottom where a small fire is suspended. The ignition source is usually a small candle or fuel cell, and when lit the warm encapsulated air causes the lantern to rise and drift along wind currents.
  • Possessing, discharging, or using tracer, explosive, steel core or incendiary ammunition, explosive chemical devices, or binary exploding targets defined by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in 27 C.F.R. § 555. These include, but are not limited to:
    • A bullet which contains a chemical tracer and leaves a path of light, smoke, or fire.
    • An incendiary bomb, grenade, fire bomb, chemical bomb or similar device, which consists of or includes a chemical mixture which explodes with fire or force and can be carried, thrown, placed and/or shot with a firearm and/or projectile.
    • Binary exploding targets include, but are not limited to, pre-packaged products consisting of two separate components, usually an oxidizer, such as ammonium nitrate and a fuel, such as aluminum or another metal.
  • The discharging, using, or possessing of any combustible or explosive composition of any kind, or any substance or combination of substances or articles prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or audible effect by combustion, explosion, deflagration, or detonation. This includes, but is not limited to, incendiary or chemical devices, pyrotechnic devices or exploding targets.
  • Igniting or causing to burn any tire, petroleum product, wires, magnesium, waste or any other hazardous or explosive materials.

Persons exempted from this order:

Any federal, state, local and/or military employee acting within the scope of their duties; members of any organized rescue or firefighting force performing official duty; and persons, agencies, municipalities, or companies with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act. All other fire restrictions, or necessary exemptions to these restrictions, will be handled through local permits issued at the district level. An exemption does not absolve an individual or organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started by an exempted activity.

Penalties for violating this order:

Any person who knowingly and willfully violates the regulations at 43 C.F.R. § 9212.1 shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment of not more than 12 months, or both, in accordance with 43 C.F.R. § 9212.4. In addition, such persons will be liable to the United States for damages through either an administrative process or in United States federal court.

This order will supersede and rescind all previous fire prevention orders related to explosives and fireworks issued by this office.

/s/ RAYMOND SUAZO
Digitally signed by RAYMOND SUAZO Date: 2021.05.05
Raymond Suazo
Arizona State Director
Bureau of Land Management

Arizona Strip District

Arizona Strip District

Office: 435-688-3200
Dispatch: 435-865-4600 or
Report a Wildfire: 435-865-4611
Dispatch Website: Color Country Interagency Fire Center

FIRE RESTRICTIONS 

No seasonal fire restrictions or fire area closures are in effect at this time. 

Year-round Restrictions

Using exploding targets, fireworks, sky lanterns, tracer ammunition and other incendiary devices is prohibited on BLM-managed public land in Arizona. Fire Prevention Order

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Colorado River District

Colorado River District

Office: 928-505-1200
Dispatch: 928-777-5700 (24 hours)
Dispatch Website: Prescott Interagency Fire Center

Kingman Field Office 928-718-3700
Lake Havasu Field Office 928-505-1200
Yuma Field Office 928-317-3200

FIRE RESTRICTIONS 

No seasonal fire restrictions are in effect at this time. 

Year-round Restrictions

Using exploding targets, fireworks, sky lanterns, tracer ammunition and other incendiary devices is prohibited on BLM-managed public land in Arizona. Fire Prevention Order

Flag Fire Closure

Partial Rescission: Fire Closure Order Number. AZ-CRD-2021-01

PUBLIC LAND CLOSURE
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
COLORADO RIVER DISTRICT
KINGMAN FIELD OFFICE

Due to decreased fire conditions and activities in the area, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Colorado River District, Kingman Field Office is partially rescinding Fire Closure Order Number: AZ-CRD-2021-01 [PDF].

The closure area that will remain in place includes: 

(a) BLM Road 7101 (Flag Mine/Ridge Road) from the southern border with Hualapai Mountain Park to the intersection of Antelope Wash Road, accounting for approximately 2 miles of BLM Road 7101.

All other areas affected by the original fire closure order will be open.

This partial rescission of the area closure will be in effect on May 14, 2021 at 0600 for the purpose of protecting the public and shall stay in effect until rescinded. The Colorado River District Fire Management Officer and Kingman Field Manager will make the determination as to when the closure will be rescinded based on public safety. The map of the closure area may be obtained from InciWeb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7438/

(1) Persons exempt from the closure and that are allowed in the closed area without written permission include the following:

a. Emergency vehicles, equipment, and personnel.

b. Government employees acting in the performance of their duties.

c. Grazing permittees in the performance of permitted acts.

(2) The closure also applies to special recreation permit holders who are authorized to conduct activities on BLM land.

(3) This closure follows provisions of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701) and 43 CFR 9212.0-6 and 43 CFR 9212.1-4. The penalties of this Fire Prevention Order are provided in 43 CFR 9212.4. Any person who knowingly and willfully violates the regulations at 9212.1 of this title shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine of not more than $10,000 or to imprisonment of not more than 12 months or both.

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Gila District

Gila District

Office: 520-258-7200
Dispatch: 520-202-2710 (24 hours)
Dispatch Website: Tucson Interagency Fire Center

  • Safford Field Office phone: 928-348-4400
    • Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area
    • Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness
  • Tucson Field Office phone: 520-258-7200
    • Ironwood Forest National Monument
    • Las Cienegas National Conservation Area
    • San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area

FIRE RESTRICTIONS 

No seasonal fire restrictions or fire area closures are in effect at this time. 

Year-round Restrictions

Using exploding targets, fireworks, sky lanterns, tracer ammunition and other incendiary devices is prohibited on BLM-managed public land in Arizona. Fire Prevention Order

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Phoenix District

Phoenix District

Office: 623-580-5500
Dispatch: 928-777-5700 (24 hours)
Dispatch Website: Prescott Interagency Fire Center


FIRE RESTRICTIONS 

No seasonal fire restrictions or fire area closures are in effect at this time. 

Year-round Restrictions

Using exploding targets, fireworks, sky lanterns, tracer ammunition and other incendiary devices is prohibited on BLM-managed public land in Arizona. Fire Prevention Order

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BLM Arizona Map

a map of Arizona showing BLM lands and district and field office boundaries

 

Reporting a Wildfire

Each fire management zone has one interagency dispatch office. Contact the appropriate fire dispatch office when possible.

When in doubt call 911.