For Immediate ReleaseMedia Contact: Pamela Mathis 602-402-7690 / 623 580-5500Ken Shaver: 623-580-5578 BLM Implements Fire Restrictionsfor Phoenix Area Public Lands (PHOENIX, AZ. May 9, 2011)The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) implementson May 11, 2011 restrictions that greatly reduce the risk of wild fires onpublic lands north and south of Phoenix, Arizona. With April and May temperatures frequently above average, the vegetation isexceedingly dry and the risk of wildland fire is at the Very High andExtreme level. People who enjoy public lands north and south of Phoenixcan reduce the risk of fire by practicing safety and strictly adhering tothese fire restrictions and safety tips: 1. Do not build or use a fire, campfire, charcoal broiler or wood stove.Use of propane and petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns or heating devices iscurrently allowed.2. No smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.3. No discharging a firearm (no target shooting or other shooting)outside of taking game in accordance with Arizona hunting laws in huntingseason.4. Be aware that driving off-road over dry grass could ignite a fire; besure that all vehicles and tires are in excellent working order; chains orother recreational trailer equipment must not drag or dangle from thetruck; secure all recreational equipment; its always a good idea to carrya fire extinguisher. Fire restrictions are in effect until further notice for all public landsadministrated by the BLM Phoenix District including popular areas such asthe Ague Fria National Monument, the Table Mesa Recreation or BouldersStaging Camp Ground north of Phoenix, the Back Country Byways west ofPhoenix, the Sonoran Desert National Monument, Saddle Mountain RecreationArea, and the Painted Rock Petroglyph site, southwest of Phoenix, and allwilderness areas. Violation of these Fire Restrictions is punishable by afine of not more than $1,000, or imprisonment of not more than 12 months,or both. (43 CFR 9212.4). Fire restrictions for public lands may vary in other parts of the state,depending on the level of fire danger and may be accessed at:www.azfireinfo.com or for information on fire prevention tips andrestrictions in your area, contact your local BLM office, or visit BLMswebsite at www.az.blm.gov.