Due to the high risk of wildfire in southeastern Arizona, State Forester Scott Hunt today announced that the Arizona State Forestry Division will be implementing fire restrictions for 3.5 million acres of state-owned lands in that region.

Effective on May 7, fire restrictions on State lands will prohibit campfires, charcoal-burning devices and use of acetylene or other torches. Smoking is also prohibited unless it is within an enclosed vehicle or building, developed campground or area that is cleared of all flammable materials. These restrictions include a prohibition on the use of any fireworks.

“In light of the increasing fire danger and wildfire activity we are seeing in the southeastern portion of the State, these fire restrictions are necessary to prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public health and safety,” said State Forester Scott Hunt “It’s especially important that Arizonans follow these restrictions and others implemented locally to limit the potential of devastating fires this summer.” Arizonans are asked to be especially careful with fire in all parts of the state, not just in the areas covered by these restrictions. State lands in other regions may be placed in restrictions in the subsequent weeks as fire danger conditions warrant.

These fire restrictions apply to the following State Trust Lands, Game & Fish Wildlife Areas, Arizona State Parks, and Department of Transportation right-of-way property in southeast Arizona:

Arizona State Trust Lands and Department of Transportation Lands:

All State Trust Lands and Department of Transportation Lands located outside of municipalities within Cochise County, Santa Cruz County, Pima County, Pinal County south of the Gila River, Graham County south of the San Carlos Reservation, and Greenlee County south of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

Arizona State Parks (by County):

Cochise County: Kartchner Caverns State Park

Graham County: Roper Lake State Park

Pima County: Catalina State Park

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