Snow in the Hualapai Mountains lured some to higher elevations for winter fun on Saturday. Here, from left to right, Rich Martinez, Angelina Martinez, 7, Arthur Valdivia, 9, and Lilianna Valdivia, 11, enjoy a snowball fight.
KINGMAN - Fire restrictions went into effect at Hualapai Mountain Park Friday due to rapidly drying vegetation - just hours before a cold front dumped a measurable amount of snow in higher elevations.
The fire restrictions are Stage I, which are the least restrictive of the three-stage system, focusing primarily on smoking and campfires to prevent wildfires, according to Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Management.
Stage III is the highest risk level, when parks are closed to eliminate the potential for human-caused fires, according to the agency.
Campfires and charcoal are permitted during Stage I restrictions in developed campsites or picnic areas where agency-built fire rings or grills are provided, according to the Parks Division.
Also exempt are use of devices solely fueled by liquid petroleum, or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off, according to the department.
During Stage I restrictions, building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove is prohibited, as well as:
· Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site/improved site, or while stopped in an area at least six feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials;
· Welding or operating acetylene or other torch device with an open flame;
· Discharge or use of any kind of fireworks or incendiary devices (year-round prohibition).
Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District, Lake Mohave Ranchos Fire District, Golden Valley Fire District, Pinion Pine Fire District, and Pine Lake Fire District will also implement other fire restrictions within their districts next month, starting Thursday, which are unrelated to the Mohave County Park's restrictions at Hualapai Mountain Park.
The county's decision to issue the restrictions corresponds with the Bureau of Land Management's decision to issue restrictions for their lands in Western Arizona, which were also made effective Friday.
The Arizona State Forestry Division implemented restrictions on state lands, as well, starting April 18, according to the Parks Division.
On high wind days, the Mohave County Parks Division may also temporarily prohibit all open fires in a county park to protect the public and property, the Parks Division said.
"Although a total open fire prohibition is not in place at this time, the Mohave County Division of Emergency Management strongly encourages county residents to take all precautions to avoid accidentally igniting a brush or grass fire," states a Parks Division release. "Recent rapidly spreading fires in lower elevations and valleys have demonstrated the dangerous conditions in all areas of the county. No open fires of any kind should be ignited in windy conditions, especially during Red Flag Warning days identified in National Weather Service forecasts and warnings."
For questions regarding restrictions on County parks, go to the County Parks Division's website at www.mcparks.com or call (877) 757-0915.
Questions can also be directed to Mohave County Emergency Management Coordinator Byron Steward, who can be reached by phone at (928) 757-0930, or by email at email@example.com.
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