Fire Restrictions Set At Some Wildlife Areas

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Exercise common sense and be careful out there

PHOENIX – If you are headed out of doors this Memorial Day holiday weekend, keep in mind that some agencies have implemented fire restrictions, including the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Mike Senn, who heads the field operations division for Game and Fish, said people can exercise a common-sense approach to determining if any state wildlife area has fire restrictions.

“If a wildlife area is located within a national forest or other jurisdiction such as the BLM or State Land Department that has implemented fire restrictions, then just expect Game and Fish to follow suit,” Senn said. “Taking precautions is not about political boundaries, it is about habitat conditions and being safe out there.”

For the latest updates on fire restrictions in Arizona, visit the Public Lands Information Center.

The Game and Fish Department has implemented restrictions at:

* Alamo Wildlife Area
* Allen Severson Wildlife Area
* Chevelon Canyon Ranches Wildlife Area
* Chevelon Creek Wildlife Area
* Colorado River Nature Center
* Jacques Marsh Wildlife Area
* Luna Lake Wildlife Area
* Mittry Lake Wildlife Area
* Upper Verde Wildlife Area
* Roosevelt Lake Wildlife Area
* Sipe White Mountain Wildlife Area
* Three Bar Wildlife Area

In those affected wildlife areas, no open fires are allowed – including charcoal-burning barbecues. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, is prohibited. However, you can still use gas and propane stoves, lanterns or heating devices.

“These are pretty much the same restrictions you will see on the national forests and other locations. It’s all simple and straightforward – enjoy the outdoors but take the simple precautions to be safe out there,” Senn said.