KINGMAN - Open fires, campfires and consumer fireworks are banned on private and public lands in unincorporated areas of Mohave County until further notice.
The action is due to the very high fire danger caused by ongoing drought, very dry vegetation, high winds and worsening fire conditions. The ban was issued this week after the Mohave County Division of Emergency Management recommended it.
The Hualapai Mountain Park will have additional restrictions, including a ban on the use of charcoal for open fires and no smoking outside of an enclosed vehicle or designated smoking area.
The Mohave County Board of Supervisors will consider an amended version of an ordinance that would allow the county to prohibit sales of consumer fireworks in unincorporated areas when a Stage 1 fire restriction is in place. Discussion will take place at 9:30 a.m. today in the Mohave County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St.
Consumer fireworks include ground and handheld sparkling devices, cylindrical fountains, cone fountains, illuminating torches, wheels, ground spinners, filter sparklers, toy smoke devices, wire sparklers or dipped sticks, multiple tube fireworks devices and pyrotechnic articles.
The county strongly encourages county residents to be constantly alert to the fire danger and take all precautions to avoid accidentally igniting a brush or grass fire in any area of the county. Numerous small fires have been ignited in the county in recent days, mostly along roadways, with some suspected to be caused by careless use of smoking materials.
Only rapid response from fire departments and the Bureau of Land Management have prevented these fires from becoming large and potentially threatening to life and property.
Violations of the prohibitions are considered Class 2 misdemeanors subject to fines not to exceed $750 and/or terms of imprisonment not to exceed four months.
The ban aligns with the Stage 2 fire restrictions on state lands implemented in May by the Arizona State Forester and Stage 2 restrictions enacted this week by the BLM within the county. A number of fire districts in the Kingman area and Mohave Valley have had outdoor fire prohibitions or restrictions in effect for several weeks.
For more information, call the Mohave County Division of Emergency Management at (928) 757-0930.