Weak Monsoon Means Fire Restrictions Going Back In Effect On Arizona State Lands

Unfavorable weather conditions, high fire danger, and continual fire activity means fire restrictions must go back in place on some state lands this weekend.

Due to public and firefighter safety, come Friday, August 14, the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management will implement Stage I fire restrictions on state lands within Coconino County, south of the Grand Canyon, and in Yavapai County.

Under Stage I, campfires are only allowed in a developed campsite and smoking is restricted. Target shooting and fireworks are
always prohibited on state lands.

As a reminder, Stage II fire restrictions remain in effect within state lands in Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, and Yuma Counties,
as well as, Coconino, north of the Grand Canyon.

Restrictions go into effect, on Friday, August 14, at 0800, and continue until rescinded.

Restrictions apply to the following state-owned and state-managed lands within the above-mentioned counties including:

  •  All State Trust lands outside incorporated municipalities.
  •  All Game and Fish Commission Wildlife areas and department properties outside incorporated municipalities.
  •  All State Parks outside incorporated municipalities – State Parks will remain open with fire restrictions in place. Please refer to https://azstateparks.com/arizona-state-park-fire-restrictions-and-info – for park-specific fire restriction
  •  All Department of Transportation highway, right-of-way property outside incorporated municipalities, not owned by
    federal land management agencies.

Restrictions include:

  • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove, other than in a developed
    campsite or picnic area is prohibited. Exemptions include, a device solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that
    can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and
    surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.
  • Smoking is prohibited unless it is 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 barred or cleared of all flammable materials.
  • Fireworks or another incendiary device are prohibited.
  • Welding or operating acetylene or other torch devices with an open flame is prohibited.

Exemptions include:

  • Any federal, state or local law enforcement officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting organization in the
    performance of an official duty.
  • All land within a city boundary is exempted unless otherwise stated in a city ordinance.

All exemptions to these restrictions must be approved by the State Forester.

If local authorities have imposed stronger restrictions then those listed above, than the local restrictions shall apply.

These restrictions apply to all permit and lease holders and other authorized users of state-managed lands. These restrictions do
not apply to private lands under ARS § 37-1303.

For fire restriction information go to: http://firerestrictions.us/az/
For more information, contact Tiffany Davila at 602-540-1036 or by email at tdavila@dffm.az.gov

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