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Fire restrictions begin Wednesday

KINGMAN - Fire restrictions will go into effect on Bureau of Land Management, state trust lands and in Mohave County Parks Wednesday, June 23.

The restrictions for BLM land include public lands south and east of the Colorado River in Mohave, La Paz and Yavapai counties. State trust lands and Mohave County's Hualapai Mountain Park are also under fire restrictions.

The BLM, Arizona State Forestry Division and Mohave County Parks are asking the public to use extreme caution when visiting public lands this summer. Currently there are no plans to close any areas to public use.

BLM Fire Restrictions prohibit the following acts:

(1) Open campfires, charcoal grills, and stove fires. Campfires and charcoal grills are permitted only in developed recreation sites or improved sites where agency-built fire rings or grills are provided. The use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices are allowed provided such devices meet the fire underwriter's specifications for safety. Developed sites in the Kingman Field Office include Burro Creek Campground, Wild Cow Campground, Windy Point Campground and Packsaddle Campground.

(2) Smoking will only be allowed inside buildings, motor vehicles, camp trailers or while stopped in an area at least six feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable material.

(3) Use of fireworks, flares or other incendiary devices.

(4) Welding or the use of any torch or metal-cutting implement.

The restrictions are necessary due to extreme fire danger from prolonged hot and dry weather conditions. The restrictions will continue until conditions warrant otherwise. Violation of BLM restrictions is punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 and/or imprisonment of not more than 12 months.

State trust land restrictions are:

• Building, maintaining, or using a fire, campfire or charcoal burning device is prohibited. (Petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices are exempt from these restrictions.)

• Use of fireworks as defined by Title 36, Public Health and Safety (ARS § 36-1601) is prohibited

• Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle, building, developed campground, or in an area at least 10 feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials

• Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with an open flame is prohibited.

These state trust land restrictions apply to everyone with permits and leases issued by the State Land Department and holders of hunting and fishing licenses. State, federal and local fire and law enforcement officers, plus members of organized firefighting forces, are exempt from these prohibitions while in the performance of official duties. The restrictions run through July 31 or until further notice.

Current fire restriction information can also be found online at www.publiclands.org/firenews or call 877-864-6985. To report a wildfire or illegal fire use, call the Kingman Field Office at (928) 718-3700 or State Fire Dispatch at (800) 309-7081.

For information on fire restrictions on Arizona State Lands, contact David Geyer of the Arizona State Forestry Division at (602) 771-1409.

For information on fire restrictions at Hualapai Mountain Park, contact Sean Blackburn of the Mohave County Park Department at (928) 757-0915.