BLM lifts fire restrictions for Colorado River District

Published by The Bee News

September 25, 2019

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LAKE HAVASU, Ariz. – Effective Friday, Sept. 27, 2019 at 6 a.m., the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will lift all fire restrictions on public lands administered by the Colorado River District, which includes Lake Havasu, Kingman and Yuma Field Offices. Due to widespread precipitation causing a rise in fuel moisture, it has been determined that the likelihood of wildfire has lessened to the degree that the restrictions can be rescinded.

Before going hiking or camping, ensure you are aware of fire regulations, restrictions or area closures.
• Metal fire rings or grills should be used where present. 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), a location should be selected which is away
from adjoining or overhanging flammable material, and the ground beneath and around the fire should
be cleared of all flammable materials. On windy days fires should be avoided if possible.
• If you have a campfire, make sure it is fully extinguished before leaving the area. Fires should be doused
with water and dirt and stirred with a shovel until 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.
• Cigarettes should never be thrown out the window of a vehicle. Instead, ashtrays should be used in order
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 while 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 may vary by county or jurisdiction depending on the level of fire danger and may be accessed at https://firerestrictions.us/az/. For information on fire prevention tips and restrictions in your area, contact your local BLM office, 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. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $96 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2017. These activities supported more than 468,000 jobs.

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