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Fri, April 26

BLM warns of high fire risk over holiday weekend

KINGMAN - The Bureau of Land Management is asking holiday campers and recreation seekers to leave the fireworks and other dazzling displays at home this year.

"Western Arizona has yet to see a large wildfire this season," said Chad Benson, fire prevention officer for BLM in Kingman. "But the potential is here now.

"We're urging all recreationists to be aware of their surroundings, their actions, and most of all to follow the fire restrictions that are in effect now," Benson added. "We ask that when people get out and enjoy their public lands, they remember that Mother Nature doesn't need any help from them in getting fires."

People should think about outdoor safety first and be extremely careful with campfires, never leave one unattended, and make sure campfires are dead out anytime they leave the campsite, he said. Off-highway vehicles need to stay on existing roads and trails - cross country travel is not allowed and approved spark arrestors are now required for off-highway vehicles. Most importantly, people should take plenty of water.

Current fire restrictions include:

• No open campfires, charcoal grills and stove fires. Campfires and charcoal grills are only permitted in BLM-developed recreation sites or improved sites where agency-built fire rings or grills are provided. Developed sites in the Kingman Field Office area include Burro Creek Campground, Wild Cow Campground, Windy Point Campground and Packsaddle Campground.

• The use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, or heating devices are allowed provided such devices meet the fire underwriter's specifications for safety.

• Smoking is only 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.

• Fireworks, flares, or other incendiary devices are prohibited

• Welding or the use of any torch or metal-cutting implement is prohibited.

To report a wildfire or illegal fire use, call State Fire Dispatch at (800) 309-7081 or the Kingman Field Office at (928) 718-3700.

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