The Bureau of Land Management Colorado River District has been in fire restrictions in order to reduce the risk of wildfire on public lands managed by the BLM Kingman, Lake Havasu and Yuma Field Offices, which includes portions of Mohave, La Paz, Yuma and Yavapai counties. These restrictions remain in effect to limit activities that have the potential to start a fire.
Fire restrictions in the BLM Kingman Field Office will be elevated from the current stage I to stage II due to extremely dry conditions, increased fire activity and the potential for any ignition to grow into a large fire rapidly. The BLM Lake Havasu Field Office and Yuma Field Office management areas remain in stage I restrictions. While similar to stage II restrictions, they are less restrictive allowing campfires in developed areas and do not restrict discharging a firearm.
Beginning May 25, 2018, until rescinded, the following activities are not allowed in the Kingman Field Office area under stage II restrictions:
- Building or using a fire, campfire, charcoal broiler or wood stove in unimproved/undeveloped areas as well as the following developed camping areas: Burro Creek Campground, Wild Cow Campground and Windy Point/Pack Saddle Campgrounds. Use of propane and petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices is allowed in all areas.
- Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
- Discharging a firearm, except while engaged in lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal or tribal law and regulations.
- Operating any internal combustion engine or generator, except those with an approved spark arresting device within an enclosed vehicle or building, or in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet.
- Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame. Fireworks and exploding targets are prohibited year-round on Federal lands. Violation of these fire restrictions is punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, or imprisonment of not more than 12 months, or both (43 CFR 9212.4).
Fire conditions as well as localized closures and restrictions are subject to change. Other tribal, federal, state and local mandates may have differences in their restriction notices. For a more detailed explanation concerning specific agency restrictions, contact the nearest agency office where you plan to visit at http://wildlandfire.az.gov or http://firerestrictions.us/az.