BLM - Bureau of Land Management

07/31/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/31/2020 16:16

BLM lowers fire restrictions for Colorado River District managed lands

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. - Effective Friday, July 31 at 11:59 p.m., the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Colorado River District will lower fire restrictions from Stage 2 to Stage 1 for public lands in and around Yuma and Lake Havasu City, due to increased moisture in the area, and lower fire activity. It has been determined that the likelihood of a large wildfire has lessened to the degree that fire restrictions can be lowered in those areas. Lands managed by the Kingman Field Office will remain under Stage 2 fire restrictions, as local conditions there remain much dryer.

Around Yuma and Lake Havasu City, under Stage 1 fire restrictions, campfires and charcoal use are permitted in developed recreation sites or improved sites where agency-built fire rings or grills are provided.

The use of propane and petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices is currently allowed in all areas under both Stage 1 and Stage 2 fire restrictions.

The following activities remain prohibited under both Stage 1 and Stage 2 fire restrictions until rescinded or revoked:

  1. Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove outside of developed sites in the Yuma and Lake Havasu area.
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or a developed or improved recreation site or while in an area at least six feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.
  3. Welding or the use of any torch or metal cutting or grinding implement.
  4. Discharging a firearm except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal, or tribal laws and regulations.

Remember that fireworks, airborne luminaries, tracers, explosives, incendiary devices, combustible, or explosive composition, igniting tires, or petroleum products are prohibited year-round and apply to all BLM-managed lands in Arizona.

Before going hiking or camping, ensure you are aware of fire regulations, restrictions, or area closures. Fire restrictions may vary by county or jurisdiction depending on the level of fire danger and may be accessed at https://firerestrictions.us/az/. For information on fire prevention tips and restrictions in your area, contact your local BLM office, or visit https://wildlandfire.az.gov.