BLM LIFTS PHOENIX DISTRICT FIRE RESTRICTIONS

Published by The Bee News

July 21, 2022

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PHOENIX – Effective Friday, July 22, the Bureau of Land Management will lift all fire restrictions for public lands administered by the Phoenix District, including the Lower Sonoran Field Office and Hassayampa Field Office. Due to widespread precipitation across the area, additional rain in the weather forecast, and a rise in fuel moistures, it has been determined that the likelihood of wildfire has lessened to the degree that the restrictions can be rescinded.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.

  • Use metal fire rings or grills 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 (where permitted), choose a location away from adjoining or overhanging flammable material, and ensure the ground beneath and around the fire is clear of all flammable materials. Avoid fires on windy days 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.
  • Never throw cigarettes out of the window of a vehicle. Use an ashtray instead.
  • Practice Leave No Trace principles—pack out cigarette butts and burned materials from your camping area.
  • Never park over dead grass; a vehicle’s 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 state-trust and federally managed lands.

Fire restrictions may vary by county or jurisdiction depending on the level of fire danger. For information on fire restrictions, prevention tips and restrictions in your area, contact your local BLM office, or visit https://wildlandfire.az.gov.

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