Dry conditions prompt fire restrictions in northwestern ArizonaThe Bureau of Land Management Arizona Strip District — including the Grand Canyon Parashant-National Monument, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, and Arizona Strip Field Office — has implemented fire restrictions in northwestern Arizona.

Until rescinded, the following are prohibited:

—Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove other than an agency-provided ring or grill within the developed campsite or picnic area listed in the order.

—Smoking anywhere other than within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site or improved site, or in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

—Operating any internal combustion engine without an approved spark arrestor.

—Cutting or welding metal or operating acetylene or other torches with open flames.

—Fireworks and exploding targets continue to be prohibited year-round on federal and state lands as always.

The use of tracer ammunition, explosives, or any incendiary devices including explosive targets and the use of explosives, flares, or other incendiary devices are always prohibited year-round on federal and state lands.

Violation of restrictions on federal lands is punishable as a class B misdemeanor by fine, imprisonment, or both. Violators also may be held personally responsible for reimbursement of fire-suppression costs.

Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns, and heaters possessing shut-off devices are allowed. Anyone using a portable stove must ensure the area is clear of grasses and other fine fuels and prevent stoves from tipping and starting a fire.

Fires in developed campsites or picnic areas where grills are allowed should never be left unattended and should be completely extinguished upon departure. Fires should always be drowned and stirred until cold to the touch.

Cigarettes should never be thrown out the window of a vehicle. Instead, ashtrays should be used in order to prevent wildfires.

Vehicles should never be parked over dead grass as catalytic converters can ignite vegetation.

Fire conditions and localized closures and restrictions are subject to change. Because tribal, federal, state, and local mandates are different, they may have some differences in their restriction notices. A more detailed explanation concerning agency restrictions and fire information in general is available from the nearest land management agency office or wildlandfire.az.gov. The toll free Southwest Fire Restrictions Hotline is (877) 864-6985. The direct fire restrictions information website for Arizona is firerestrictions.us/az.

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