The State Forestry Division Fire implemented fire and smoking restrictions Wednesday that will run through July 31.
The restrictions are necessary due to increased fire danger from hot, dry weather conditions and heavy vegetation growth. As brush and grasses dry out, they become fuel for fire and greatly increase the risk of major wildfires.
The prohibition will apply to all State Trust Lands within Maricopa, Pinal, Yuma, and La Paz Counties as well as the southern portions of Gila and Yavapai Counties.
Restrictions are as follows:
• Building, maintaining, or using a fire, campfire or charcoal burning device is prohibited. (Petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, or heating devices are exempt.)
• Use of fireworks as defined 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 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.
Information and tips on wildfire safety and preparedness can be found at: www.azsf.az.gov
Fire Restrictions include:
State Trust Lands in Pinal County, Maricopa County, Yuma County, La Paz County and State Trust Lands south of Highway 60 in Gila County