Due to the high risk of wildfire across Arizona, State Forester Scott Hunt announced that the Forestry Division will be expanding fire restrictions to include state lands in all 15 counties. Earlier this month, state lands in six southeastern counties were placed under restrictions.

These fire restrictions on state lands prohibit campfires, charcoal-burning devices and use of acetylene or other torches. Smoking is also prohibited unless it is within an enclosed vehicle or building, developed campground or area that is cleared of all flammable materials. These restrictions include a prohibition on the use of any fireworks. These restrictions apply statewide to all unincorporated State Trust Lands, Game & Fish Wildlife Areas and Arizona State Parks. State park campgrounds remain open; however, parks are under severe fire restrictions. Call (602) 542-4174 regarding fire restrictions in all 27 state parks or go to AzStateParks.gov for more information.

The restrictions also apply statewide to all Arizona Department of Transportation right-of-way property in unincorporated areas not federally-owned. The state restrictions do not apply to private lands.

The State Forester’s Notice of Fire Restrictions prohibits the following activities:

• Building or maintaining a fire, campfire, or charcoal burning device (petroleum and propane fueled stoves, lanterns, heating and livestock branding devices are exempt).

• Smoking, unless it is done within an enclosed vehicle, building or developed campground, or within an area at least 10 feet in diameter and barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

• Welding or use of acetylene or other torch device with an open flame.

• The use of fireworks.

If local authorities have imposed stronger restrictions than those listed above, than the local restrictions shall apply. The restrictions will continue until further notice.

The Arizona State Forester’s Office in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management is maintaining a new fire restriction website this season at http://firerestrictions.us/az.

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