Fire restrictions in Southern Arizona are updated - Tucson News Now

Fire restrictions in Southern Arizona are updated

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The following are prohibited, and remain in place until rescinded: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

Copyright 2014 Tucson News Now All rights reserved.

  • WildfiresMore>>

  • UPDATE

    Seed scattered over 1,220 acres burned in San Juan Fire

    Seed scattered over 1,220 acres burned in San Juan Fire

    Thursday, August 14 2014 9:19 PM EDT2014-08-15 01:19:33 GMT
    (Source: Monica Chavez)(Source: Monica Chavez)
    The San Juan Fire straddling the Fort Apache Indian Reservation and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in the White Mountains continues to expand, but so does containment.
    Crews are working to restore the 1,220 acres in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest that were damaged by the San Juan Fire earlier this summer.
  • Deer Head fire 75 percent contained

    Deer Head fire 75 percent contained

    Thursday, August 14 2014 2:44 PM EDT2014-08-14 18:44:43 GMT
    The lightning caused wildfire, in the Rincon Mountains east of Tucson, has burned 1,097 acres according to National Park Service officials. It is now at 75 percent contained, said officials and out-of-state fire crews are leaving the wildfire area. 
    The lightning caused wildfire, in the Rincon Mountains east of Tucson, has burned 1,097 acres according to National Park Service officials. It is now at 75 percent contained, said officials and out-of-state fire crews are leaving the wildfire area. 
  • NPS Officials: Deer Head fire at 55 percent contained

    NPS Officials: Deer Head fire at 55 percent contained

    Monday, August 11 2014 4:00 PM EDT2014-08-11 20:00:18 GMT
    Crews worked over the weekend to clear brush and other plant material from the fire line on the eastern edge of the fire, which remains active. 

    Crews worked over the weekend to clear brush and other plant material from the fire line on the eastern edge of the fire, which remains active. 
Powered by WorldNow