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BLM lifts fire restrictions

KINGMAN - People who plan to camp out this holiday weekend can roast hot dogs and sing songs around the campfire. The Bureau of Land Management has lifted fire restrictions on BLM-managed land in Yuma, La Paz and Mohave counties in Arizona and Imperial, San Bernardino and Riverside counties in California.

The BLM said wet weather and sufficient fire fighting resources have rendered restrictions no longer necessary - but common sense still is required.

"Even though restrictions are no longer needed, we're asking the public to be very careful when using fire," said Roxie Trost, the BLM's Colorado River district manager. "Under the right conditions our public lands still have the potential for wildfires to spread rapidly and become dangerous."

A rule of thumb is to have a 10-foot circle cleared around the campfire and have a shovel and plenty of water on hand, she said.

Be careful to ensure the fire is "dead out" before leaving it untended.

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