Fire Restrictions Implemented Statewide

Due to key criteria being met for restrictions, public lands throughout Arizona have implemented Stage 2 Fire Restrictions in an effort to protect public health by reducing the number of preventable human-caused wildfires.
Under Stage 2 restrictions, the following activities are prohibited:
  • Building maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove including fires in developed campgrounds or improved sites. 
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
  • Discharging a firearm, including target shooting, except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state/federal laws and regulations.
  • Operating any internal combustion engine off designated roadways.
  • Welding, or operating acetylene or other torch with open flame.
  • Using an explosive.

Fireworks and exploding targets are never allowed on federal and state lands. Target shooting is prohibited year-round on National Park Service and state lands.

Violation of restrictions is punishable by fine, imprisonment or both. Violators may also be held personally responsible for reimbursement of fire suppression costs.

Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns and heaters possessing shut-off devices are allowed. When using a portable stove, make sure the area is clear of grasses and other fine fuels. Prevent stoves from tipping and starting a fire.

Cigarettes should never be thrown out the window of a vehicle. Instead, ashtrays should be used in order to prevent wildfires.

Never park a vehicle over dead grass; the catalytic converter can ignite the vegetation.

Fire conditions as well as localized closures and restrictions are subject to change. Because tribal, federal, state, and local mandates are different, they may have some differences in their restriction notices. For a more detailed explanation concerning agency restrictions and fire information in general, please contact the nearest land management agency office where you plan to work or play, visit https://wildlandfire.az.gov/fire-restrictions.

Fire restrictions are implemented to help prevent unwanted, human-caused fires and to limit the exposure of visitors during periods of potentially dangerous fire conditions.

Implementation of fire restrictions normally occurs based on a combination of factors that are carefully measured. Criteria used to determine when to implement restrictions include things such as current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, fire activity levels and available firefighting resources.

Additional restrictions may be applied as conditions warrant. More information about the different stages of fire restrictions can be found online. Fire restrictions typically remain in effect until the forests receive significant precipitation, at which time they will be rescinded, and the public notified.
Know Before You Go! You can obtain current state and federal fire restrictions information across Arizona on the Arizona Interagency Wildfire Prevention and Information website.