Fire restrictions in Southern Arizona are updated - Tucson News Now

Fire restrictions in Southern Arizona are updated

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Beginning Thursday, June 5, the Bureau of Land Management Gila District, is increasing the campfire and smoking restriction in Southeastern Arizona, according to a recent release.

This new update includes all districts of the Coronado National Forest, Saguaro National Park, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, Chiricahua National Monument, Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Tumacácori National Historical Park, and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.  These new restrictions are in line with those already implemented by the Arizona State Forestry Division across the state.

The following are prohibited, and remain in place until rescinded:

-Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove including fires in developed campgrounds or improved sites.

-Smoking, except 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. 

-Operating any internal combustion engine, except operating motorized vehicles on designated roads so long as you park in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway. 

-Welding, or operating acetylene or other torches with an open flame. 

-Using an explosive.

-Fireworks are always prohibited year-round on federal lands.

Violation of these restrictions on federal lands is punishable as a Class B misdemeanor, which includes a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual and up to $10,000 for organizations and possible imprisonment for not more than six (6) months or both. Violators may also be held personally responsible for reimbursement of fire suppression costs. Arizona and New Mexico state laws carry similar penalties.

Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns and heaters possessing shut-off devices are allowed. When using a portable stove, make sure the area is clear of grasses and other fine fuels. 

Fire conditions as well as localized closures and restrictions are subject to change.  Because tribal, federal, state, and local mandates are different, they may have some differences in their restriction notices.  

For a more detailed explanation concerning agency restrictions and fire information in general, please contact the nearest land management agency office at  http://wildlandfire.az.gov or call the toll-free Southwest Fire Restrictions Hotline at 1-877-864-6985.

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