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  • Fire restrictions in place to stem wildfire risk

    May 23, 2014 | Read More News
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    With several wildfires blazing across public lands as the holiday weekend approaches, Pima County would like to remind members of the community to be extremely careful with fire.none

    Limits placed by the County on campfires, smoking and welding affect County property, but the same precautions should be used everywhere.

    Consumer fireworks are banned completely in the unincorporated areas of Pima County because of acute dry conditions and extreme risk of fire, so please don’t plan on making them part of your celebrations this weekend.

    The Board of Supervisors in early May declared a fire emergency and imposed the ban given dry conditions that created unprecedented fuel levels.

    The ban followed fire restrictions on federal lands that took effect one month sooner than normal to mitigate the danger and protect public safety. The State Forester at the time had already seen an increase in wildfires, with many of them human-caused.

    In addition, fire restrictions are in place on all County-owned lands:
    • Fires, campfires, charcoal, coal or wood stoves are not allowed except in a developed campsite or picnic area;
    • Smoking is prohibited unless it is within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or in an area that is cleared of all flammable materials.
    • Welding or operating any torch device with an open flame is prohibited.

    Commercial firework displays are still permissible as authorized by the Pima County Board of Supervisors.
    The County Administrator may lift the fireworks ban and emergency restrictions when such extreme fire conditions have abated.

    “Wildfire is an increasingly dangerous threat, risking lives of residents and firefighters and destroying property and our natural surroundings,” said Jeff Guthrie, deputy director of the Pima County Office of Emergency Management.

    “Fireworks are too high a risk for these tinderbox conditions so we appreciate the community’s assistance in guarding against the threat.”