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Dry winter leads to fire restrictions on public lands

Staff Report~ 4/30/2014

The Bureau of Land Management implemented fire restrictions on April 25, restricting certain practices on public lands in order to help reduce the risk of wildfire.
BLM officials said that fire restrictions are implemented when there has been a lack of winter rain, high temperatures and low humidity. Taken together, those types of conditions make the chances of wildfires starting—and quickly spreading—higher than normal.
According to the BLM, people who enjoy the public lands north of Phoenix can reduce the risk of fire by practicing safety and strictly adhering to these fire restrictions and fire prevention safety tips:

  • Do not build or use a fire, campfire, charcoal broiler or wood stove. Use of propane and petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices is currently allowed
  • No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or improved site or while stopped in an area at least 10 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials
  • Be aware that driving off-road over dry grass could ignite a fire. Be sure that all vehicles and tires are in excellent working order. Chains or other recreational equipment must not drag or dangle from the truck or trailer to the ground. Secure all recreational equipment, and carry a fire extinguisher
  • Fireworks are never allowed on federal public lands