Thursday, September 1, 2011
Fire Restrictions Continue Through Labor Day Weekend
Lake Havasu City, Ariz. – Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Colorado River District wants to remind the public that fire restrictions continue to be in effect throughout the District which includes the Yuma, Lake Havasu City, and Kingman areas. Due to continued high fire danger and low amounts of rainfall, the restrictions will remain through the Labor Day weekend.
“Our first priority is public safety,” said BLM Fire Management Officer Michael Trent. “At this time, we do not feel comfortable lifting the restrictions due to the current environmental conditions.”
“BLM will continue to monitor the weather and fire situation throughout the holiday weekend and will lift the restrictions as soon as the fire danger decreases,” Trent continued.
Fire Restrictions prohibit the following acts:
1. Open campfires, charcoal grills, and stove fires. Campfires and charcoal grills are only permitted in developed recreation sites or improved sites where agency-built fire rings or grills are provided. The use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, or heating devices is allowed on public lands provided such devices meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety.
2. Smoking. Smoking is restricted to enclosed buildings, within a vehicle and on a paved or surface road, within a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least six feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.
3. Use of fireworks, flares, or other incendiary devices.
4. Welding or the use of any torch or metal cutting implement.
Trent added that with the Labor Day holiday weekend coming up, many people are making their last camping or exploring trip of the season on public lands in western Arizona. The public should always think about outdoor safety while recreating. Always carry plenty of water and make sure someone knows your itinerary. Off-highway vehicles need to stay on existing roads and trails. Cross country travel is not allowed and could be very dangerous.