MOHAVE COUNTY–The Bureau of Land Management has lifted all fire restrictions for public lands administered by the Phoenix District and the Colorado River District as of today, July 13.
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it has been determined that the likelihood of wildfire has lessened to the degree that the restrictions can be rescinded.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.
To help minimize any chance of fire, use these tips:
- 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).
However, fireworks are always prohibited on state and Federal 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.