Increased fire restrictions in effect
Staff Report~ 6/4/2014
PHOENIX – Due to the continued elevated risk of wildfire in Arizona, the Arizona State Forestry Division will be implementing Stage 2 fire restrictions on state-owned and state-managed lands south of the Grand Canyon. The restrictions went into effect on May 30.
These elevated fire restrictions are necessary due to existing very high to extreme fire danger to prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public health and safety. Contributing factors include high temperatures, low humidity, and persistently dry vegetation that provide optimal conditions for rapid spread of wildfire in the forests and deserts of Arizona.
“In the last month, there has been an increased incidence of human-caused wildfires throughout the State, with over 90% being human-caused,” said State Forester Scott Hunt.
- Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove including fires in developed campgrounds or improved sites is prohibited. Exemptions include persons using 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 3 feet of the device.
- Smoking is prohibited, unless it is within an enclosed vehicle or building.
- Discharging a firearm except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal, or tribal laws and regulations is prohibited. The exemption to this is that the discharging of firearms is allowed on agency-designated shooting ranges.
- The discharging or using of any kind of fireworks and incendiary devices is prohibited.
- Operating any internal combustion engine is prohibited.
- Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame is prohibited.
- Using an explosive is prohibited.
Get more details on fire restrictions at http://firerestrictions.us/az.