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Arizona State Area Press Release Updated: June 22, 2016 (1 month ago)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beginning June 23, 2016 at 8:00 AM Stage 1 fire restrictions expanded to include Mohave, La Paz, and Yuma County. Phoenix, Arizona-June 22, 2016 - Arizona State Forester Jeff Whitney announced today that beginning June 23, 2016, at 8:00 AM in addition to stage 1 fire restrictions in place on state owned and managed lands within Coconino, Gila, Maricopa, and Yavapai County stage 1 fire restrictions will be expanded to include Mohave, La Paz, and Yuma County. Fire restrictions will continue until further notice. “We just can’t be too careful right now,” said Forester Whitney, “we have six ongoing fires that have consumed over 61,000 acres of our state. We have to do whatever we can to avoid starting anymore fires.” Continuing dry weather and above normal temperatures contribute to Arizona’s wildfire risk. According to Forester Jeff Whitney, “human activities continue to be the cause of most wildfires.” “And with pre-monsoon dry lightning, nature isn’t doing us any favors.” These restrictions will apply to the following State-owned and State-managed lands within Mohave, La Paz, and Yuma County including: • All State Trust lands outside incorporated municipalities.

• All Game and Fish Commission Wildlife Areas and Department properties outside incorporated municipalities. • All State Parks outside incorporated municipalities (State Parks will remain open with campfires allowed in developed campgrounds). • All Department of Transportation highway right-of-way property outside incorporated municipalities not owned by Federal land management agencies.

The restrictions are as follows:

• Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove other than in a developed campsite or picnic area is prohibited. Exemptions include persons using a device solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the device.

• Smoking is prohibited unless it is within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site/improved site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

• The discharging or using of any kind of fireworks and incendiary devices is prohibited.

• Welding or operating acetylene or other torch device with an open flame is prohibited.

Additional exemptions to the above-listed restrictions include:

• Any Federal, State, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

• All land within a city boundary is exempted unless otherwise stated in city ordinance.

All exemptions to these restrictions must be approved by the State Forester.

If local authorities have imposed stronger restrictions than those listed above, then the local restrictions shall apply.

These restrictions apply to all permit and lease holders, and other authorized users of State-managed lands. These restrictions do not apply to private lands (A.R.S. § 37-623)

The Department of Forestry and Fire Management urges the public to exercise extreme caution with fire.

Formerly known as the Arizona State Forestry Division, the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management is responsible for the prevention and suppression of wildfire on 22 million acres of state and unincorporated private land in Arizona. The agency provides services for fire prevention, urban and community forestry, forest stewardship, forest health, utilization and marketing, and has a wide variety of forestry related federal grants available.

Know Before You Go! The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:

• Arizona Fire Restrictions: http://firerestrictions.us/az/

• Arizona Fire Prevention & Information (fire restrictions & red flag alerts): http://wildlandfire.az.gov/

• Arizona State Forestry: www.azsf.az.gov

Private landowners should contact their local government for information regarding restrictions that affect private property.

These restrictions are effective June 23, 2016 and will continue until rescinded.


NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release: July 14, 2015 Contact: Carrie Dennett, Fire Information Officer 602-399-3078

Beginning June 15, 2016 at 8:00 AM, Stage 1 fire restrictions in effect for Apache, Coconino, Gila, Maricopa, Navajo, and Yavapai Counties

Phoenix, Arizona-June 14, 2016—Arizona State Forester Jeff Whitney announced today that Stage 1 fire restrictions will be in place on state owned and managed lands within Apache, Coconino, Gila, Maricopa, Navajo, and Yavapai County beginning June 15, 2016 at 8:00 AM and continuing until further notice. “In the past week we’ve had 33 wildfires that burned 2,100 acres,” said Forester Whitney, “and with desert temperatures projected to reach 119 degrees on Sunday, we have to work to minimize our risk.”

Continuing dry weather and above normal temperatures contribute to Arizona’s wildfire risk. According to Forester Jeff Whitney, “this fire season continues to be potentially significant. Since January 1, we have had over 875 wildfires that have burned over 121,028 acres—that’s over 189 square miles of our state and it’s only mid-June.”

These restrictions will apply to the following State-owned and State-managed lands within Apache, Coconino, Gila, Navajo, Maricopa, and Yavapai Counties including: • All State Trust lands outside incorporated municipalities • All Game and Fish Commission Wildlife Areas and Department properties outside incorporated municipalities • All State Parks outside incorporated municipalities (State Parks will remain open with campfires allowed in developed campgrounds) • All Department of Transportation highway right-of-way property outside incorporated municipalities not owned by Federal land management agencies.

The restrictions are as follows: • Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove other than in a developed campsite or picnic area is prohibited. Exemptions include persons using a device solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within 3 feet of the device. • Smoking is prohibited unless it is within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site/improved site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials. • The discharging or using of any kind of fireworks and incendiary devices is prohibited. • Welding or operating acetylene or other torch device with an open flame is prohibited.

Additional exemptions to the above-listed restrictions include: • Any Federal, State, or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty. • All land within a city boundary is exempted unless otherwise stated in city ordinance.

All exemptions to these restrictions must be approved by the State Forester.

If local authorities have imposed stronger restrictions than those listed above, then the local restrictions shall apply.

These restrictions apply to all permit and lease holders, and other authorized users of State-­managed lands.

These restrictions do not apply to private lands (A.R.S. § 37-623).

The Department of Forestry and Fire Management urges the public to exercise extreme caution with fire. Formerly known as the Arizona State Forestry Division, the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management is responsible for the prevention and suppression of wildfire on 22 million acres of state and unincorporated private land in Arizona. The agency provides services for fire prevention, urban and community forestry, forest stewardship, forest health, utilization and marketing, and has a wide variety of forestry related federal grants available.

Know Before You Go! The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:

• Arizona Fire Restrictions: http://firerestrictions.us/az/ • Arizona Fire Prevention & Information (fire restrictions & red flag alerts): http://wildlandfire.az.gov/ • Arizona State Forestry: www.azsf.gov These restrictions are effective June 15, 2016 and will continue until rescinded.

For further information on current fire restrictions as related to State lands in Arizona, please contact Carrie Dennett at 602-399-3078.

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Arizona State Area Information Updated: June 15, 2016 (1 month, 1 week ago)

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