As wildfires continue to break out across Arizona, state and federal land agencies have imposed burn restrictions and are reminding citizens to practice fire safety.
On June 21, the Bureau of Land Management implemented fire restrictions on the Phoenix District’s 2.4 million acres of public land. On the same day, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management implemented Stage I restrictions on state land, including parks and roadways. The bans include campfires, except in campsite/agency built fire rings; smoking, except in closed vehicle, building or cleared recreation site; welding, grinding, metal cutting; fireworks, exploding targets or other incendiary devices. The BLM also bans discharging firearms other than while engaged in legal hunting activities.
Anyone who breaks the ban can be fined up to $1,000 and spend a year in jail as well as being held liable for any damages caused by a fire which was started as a result of the violation. Both agencies advise the public to check current restrictions before using state or BLM lands.
Information can be found at https://wildlandfire.az.gov, or or download the agency’s mobile app by searching the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management in the iTunes and Google Play stores.