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Stage II Fire Restrictions - Southern Arizona agencies

Post by SkyIslandHiker » Jun 28 2017 8:17 pm

Dry Conditions Trigger Increased Fire Restrictions in Southeastern Arizona
               
Tucson, Ariz. (June 23, 2017) --- Effective Monday, June 26, the Bureau of Land Management Gila District, all districts of the Coronado National Forest, Saguaro National Park, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, Chiricahua National Monument, Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Tumacácori National Historical Park, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, and the Arizona State Forestry Division will increase campfire and smoking restrictions in southeastern Arizona.
 
Beginning June 26, and until rescinded, the following are prohibited:
 
.Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove fire, including within a developed recreation site, or improved site.
.Using an explosive.
.Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building. (Smoking is prohibited in all federal buildings.)
.Operating or using any equipment powered by an internal combustion engine, except motor vehicles.
.Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
.Discharging a firearm, air rifle or gas gun, except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal, or tribal law, and regulations.
.Possessing operating motor vehicles off National Forest System roads, including but not limited to cars, trucks, SUVs, motorcycles, and ATVs, except for when parking in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway, and except for parking overnight in Forest Service developed campground and trailheads.
 
Fireworks are always prohibited year-round on federal lands.
 
Violation of restrictions on federal lands is punishable as a Class B misdemeanor, which includes a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual and up to $10,000 for organizations and possible imprisonment for not more than six (6) months or both. Violators may also be held personally responsible for reimbursement of fire suppression costs. Arizona and New Mexico state laws carry similar penalties.
 
Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns and heaters possessing shut-off devices are allowed. When using a portable stove, make sure the area is clear of grasses and other fine fuels. Prevent stoves from tipping and starting a fire. 
 
Cigarettes should never be thrown out the window of a vehicle. Instead, ashtrays should be used in order to prevent wildfires. 
 
Never park a vehicle over dead grass; the catalytic converter can ignite the vegetation.
 
Fire conditions as well as localized closures and restrictions are subject to change.  Because tribal, federal, state, and local mandates are different, they may have some differences in their restriction notices.  For a more detailed explanation concerning agency restrictions and fire information in general, please contact the nearest land management agency office where you plan to work or play, visit http://wildlandfire.az.gov or call the toll-free Southwest Fire Restrictions Hotline at 1-877-864-6985.

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Re: Stage II Fire Restrictions - Southern Arizona agencies

Post by air » Jul 02 2017 5:39 pm

I'm serious here are my suggestions for the Tucson area when we reach Stage I because restrictions don't work:
Close Reddington road and offer free passes to indoor shooting ranges.
Would be cheaper and might avoid another Bullock fire.

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Re: Stage II Fire Restrictions - Southern Arizona agencies

Post by SkyIslandHiker » Jul 19 2017 3:33 pm

News Release from the Coronado National Forest:
Arrival of Monsoon Signals Easing of Fire Restrictions in Southeast Arizona
           
Tucson, Ariz. (July 19, 2017) --- Due to widespread precipitation across the area, additional rain in the weather forecast, and a rise in fuel moistures, it has been determined that the likelihood of wildfire has lessened to the degree that the restrictions can be rescinded. 
 
Effective Thursday, July 20, the Bureau of Land Management Gila District, all districts of the Coronado National Forest, Saguaro National Park, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, Chiricahua National Monument, Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Tumacácori National Historical Park, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, and the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management will lift all fire restrictions in southeastern Arizona.
 
Visitors are reminded to always practice fire safety. 
 
·         Before going hiking or camping, check with public land management agencies for fire regulations, restrictions or area closures.
 
·         Metal fire rings or grills should be used where present.  Wood placed on a fire should never exceed the size of the grill or fire ring. 
 
·         If building a fire on the ground (in areas where permitted), a location should be selected which is away from adjoining or overhanging flammable material, and the ground beneath and around the fire should be cleared of all flammable materials.  On windy days fires should be avoided if possible. 
 
·         If you have a campfire, make sure it is fully extinguished before leaving the area.  Fires should be doused with water and dirt and stirred with a shovel until completely cold to the touch. 
 
·         If you are using a portable stove, make sure the area is clear of grasses and other fine fuels. Prevent stoves from tipping and starting a fire.
 
·         Cigarettes should never be thrown out the window of a vehicle. Instead, ashtrays should be used in order to prevent wildfires. 
 
·         Practice Leave No Trace principles - pack out cigarette butts and burned materials from your camping area.
 
·         Never park a vehicle over dead grass; the catalytic converter can ignite the vegetation.
 
·         Use caution while discharging a firearm, operating an internal combustion engine, welding, or operating acetylene or other torches with an open flame, or using explosives (where permitted).
 
Fireworks are always prohibited on federal lands.
 
Fire conditions as well as localized closures and restrictions are subject to change.  Because tribal, federal, state, and local mandates are different, they may have some differences in their year-round regulations and restriction notices.  For a more detailed explanation concerning agency restrictions and fire information in general, please contact the nearest land management agency office where you plan to work or play, visit http://wildlandfire.az.gov or call the toll-free Southwest Fire Restrictions Hotline at 1-877-864-6985

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