Fire restrictions imposed in Yuma, Lake Havasu areas
5/26/2013 6:00:00 AM
KINGMAN - Fire restrictions will go into effect Wednesday on 2.5 million acres of public lands in the Yuma and Lake Havasu Field Office jurisdictions.
The Bureau of Land Management Colorado River District has no plans to close any areas along the Colorado River area to public use, but has prohibited several activities that could lead to fires until further notice.
Those activities are building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal or wood stove. Campfires and charcoal are permitted in developed recreation sites or improved sites where agency-built fire rings or grills are provided.
Also, smoking is prohibited, except inside an enclosed vehicle, within a developed or improved recreation site or while stopped in an area at least six feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials. Also, welding or the use of any torch or metal cutting or grinding implement is not allowed.
Violations of these restrictions are punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 and/or imprisonment of not more than 12 months.
Imperial, Cibola, Bill Williams, and Havasu National Wildlife Refuges continue to enforce year-round fire restrictions.
For fire restriction information in Arizona and New Mexico, call (877) 864-6985 or visit www.firerestrictions.us/