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    Exclamation BLM Fire Restrictions!

    I received this from Chris Gammage / State OHV Ambassador Program Coordinator

    ALL BLM public lands administered by the Phoenix District will implement Fire Restrictions starting May 18th,2012.


    Please note that Target Shooting is not allowed during the closure- This includes Table Mesa Road! Just this past weekend we had a fire at Table Mesa attributed to target shooting.
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    For Immediate Release

    BLM Implements “Fire Prevention Restrictions”

    for Phoenix Area Public Lands



    (PHOENIX, AZ., May 10th, 2012)—The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) implements on May 18th fire prevention restrictions that greatly reduce the risk of fire on public lands north and south of Phoenix, Arizona.

    With May temperatures well above average, the vegetation is exceedingly dry and the risk of wildland fire is at the Very High and Extreme level. People who enjoy public lands north and south of Phoenix can reduce the risk of fire by practicing safety and strictly adhering to these “fire prevention 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 is currently 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 hunting season.

    4. Be aware that driving off-road over dry grass could ignite a fire; be sure that all vehicles and tires are in excellent working order; chains or other recreational equipment must not drag or dangle from the truck or trailer to the ground; secure all recreational equipment; it’s always a good idea to carry a fire extinguisher.

    Fire prevention restrictions are in effect until further notice for all public lands administrated by the BLM Phoenix District – including popular areas such as the Agua Fria National Monument, the Table Mesa Recreation or Boulders Staging Camp Ground north of Phoenix, the Back Country Byways west of Phoenix, the Sonoran Desert National Monument, Saddle Mountain recreation area, and the Painted Rock Petroglyph site, southwest of Phoenix, and all wilderness areas. Violation of these Fire Prevention Restrictions is punishable by a fine 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 and restrictions in your area, contact your local BLM office, or visit BLM’s website at www.az.blm.gov.

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    The BLM manages more land - over 245 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

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    Re: BLM Fire Restrictions!

    Cops will have their hands full turning around shooters at TM, what will they do with their used appliances?

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    Florence?

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    Re: BLM Fire Restrictions!

    Thank you for posting this, Rox! Definitely not trying to be a holier-than-thou here, but how bad would it suck to be the person (if there was actually a person responsible, not saying there was) responsible for a fire such as the one at Sunflower? I know I would feel beyond horrible... Thanks again for keeping us aware, Rox.
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    Re: BLM Fire Restrictions!

    Quote Originally Posted by ROXNMUD View Post
    Cops will have their hands full turning around shooters at TM, what will they do with their used appliances?
    I was always under the impression that it was illegal dumpers who were responsible for appliances and such in the desert, and the shooters were just opportunistic and used them as targets. Note that just about everything left out in the desert has bullet holes in it, including stolen/abandoned vehicles. I can't see shooters stealing vehicles just to bring them out to the desert to use for a target, so I must conclude that my impression stated above is correct.
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    Re: BLM Fire Restrictions!

    Campfire and smoking ban starts this Wednesday:

    "Flagstaff, AZ – Campfire and smoking restrictions will be implemented on the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests beginning Wednesday, May 16 at 8 a.m.

    Under the fire restrictions fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves are allowed in developed campgrounds only. The restrictions also limit smoking to within enclosed vehicles, buildings, or in developed campgrounds. Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns, and heaters that can be turned off are allowed."

    Copied from Barlow Jeep Rental fb page.

    Expect a ban in most NF by this weekend.
    CAUTION
    JEEP STORIES IN PROGRESS
    PROTECTIVE BOOTS MAY BE REQUIRED

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    Re: BLM Fire Restrictions!

    I always thought they were shot to make breeze holes for the wildlife living in them. All this time...
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    Re: BLM Fire Restrictions!

    COCONINO COUNTY FIRE BAN IN EFFECT
    May 16, 2012

    Contact: Nathan Gonzalez, Public Information Officer

    Phone: 928-679-7172, Cell: 928-699-172

    Coconino County Imposes Fire Ban

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Coconino County Board of Supervisors has approved a ban on open burning on public and private lands in the unincorporated areas of the County. The ban takes effect Wednesday, May 16 at 10 a.m. and will remain in effect until fire danger conditions subside.

    The ban includes all open fires, campfires, fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays on private and public lands in the unincorporated areas of the County. Excepted from the ban are petroleum-fueled stoves or lanterns, enclosed charcoal barbeque grills operated in residential yards and special events specifically approved by the Board of Supervisors.

    “The continued dry weather has made for dangerous fire conditions throughout the County and much of the state,” said County Supervisor Chairman Carl Taylor. “It’s our hope that imposing this ban will help to avoid additional devastating wildfires that threaten our communities.”

    The Board’s decision to impose the ban is in conjunction with fire restrictions placed on the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests, the City of Flagstaff and Coconino County Parks and Recreation.

    Citizens are reminded to use caution when smoking cigarettes outdoors and to completely extinguish them.

    The use of any machinery that may emit sparks, such as chainsaws and welding equipment should be used with caution during the extreme fire danger period. Be prepared and have fire extinguishing equipment readily available.

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    http://www.coconino.az.gov/news.aspx?id=27956

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