Fire restrictions in effect for Southern Arizona
Federal and state lands affected as wildfire danger increases
Continuing dry and hot conditions in Southern Arizona have created the high risk for wildfires, and Pima County and the Bureau of Land Management are enforcing fire restrictions on state and federal lands.
The restrictions went into effect Monday and bar the use of charcoal-burning devices, acetylene and other torches, and fireworks. Smoking is prohibited outdoors. Those wishing to smoke must do so inside a vehicle, building or developed campground that has been cleared of fire hazards, the BLM and Pima County said.
The restrictions are in effect for the following state parks and State Trust and Arizona Department of Transportation lands:
The BLM also has prohibited the off-road use of motor vehicles, except when parking in an area clear of vegetation within 10 feet of a roadway.
A violation of the fire prevention order could result in a fine of up to $1,000 or as much as 12 months in prison, the BLM said. Federal, state and local law enforcement and firefighters are exempt from the restrictions.