Stage II Fire Restrictions

Southwest Area (AZ, NM, OK, TX)

Warning! New Mexico closures are represented as Stage II restrictions, and can be identified by red text in restriction descriptions.

The following acts are prohibited until further notice:

  1. Building maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove including fires in developed campgrounds or improved sites.
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
  3. Discharging a firearm except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal, or tribal laws and regulations.
  4. Mechanical and Industrial Prohibitions
    • Operating any internal combustion engine.
    • Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
    • Using an explosive.

Note: each agency/tribe must cite their actual regulations/laws; therefore the wording for the prohibition may be slightly different. Exemptions may vary according to specific agency laws and regulations.

Stage II Exemptions:

  1. Persons with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act. This process can be utilized in cases where public utility emergency repairs are necessary.
  2. Industrial operations where specific operations and exemptions are identified and mitigation measures are implemented as outlined in an agency plan.
  3. Persons using a device fueled solely 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.
  4. Operating generators 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 of the generator.
  5. Operating motorized vehicles on designated roads so long as you park in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway.
  6. Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.
  7. Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force or other authorized personnel in the performance of an official duty.
  8. All land within a city boundary is exempted unless otherwise stated by city ordinance.
  9. Other exemptions unique to each agency/tribe.
  10. Discharging of firearms is allowed on agency designated shooting ranges.

An exemption does not absolve an individual or organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started by the exempted activity.

Baseline Restrictions:

  1. Fireworks and incendiary devices are never allowed on federal public lands.
  2. National Parks, Monuments, and Wildlife Refuges host year round fire restrictions. Contact the National Park you plan to visit for specific restrictions.