Wildfire officials watching as Arizonans head to nature for holiday

May 22, 2020, 3:00 PM
(AP Photo, file)...
(AP Photo, file)
(AP Photo, file)

PHOENIX – As many Arizonans head to the wide open outdoors for Memorial Day weekend, wildfire crews will be on the job with prevention in mind.

Crews will be put in places that are considered high risk and other staff members will be patrolling the highways and interstates.

“The typical concerns our officers are seeing are unsecured tow chains, campfires and target shooting in restricted areas,” Arizona State Forestry spokeswoman Tiffany Davila told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Friday.

Fire danger is high in the state – 465 wildfires have burned 45,000 acres of state, federal and tribal land already, she said.

Of those, 444 were human-caused. Firefighters battled a 1,500-acre blaze in Cave Creek started by a person.

Stage 2 fire restrictions went into effect across the state forests nearly two weeks ago. The limitations also apply to areas supervised by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation.

Prohibited activities on public lands includes building campfires or using charcoal, coal or wood stoves; smoking outside of an enclosed vehicle; welding; operating an internal combustion engine (power tools) and setting off fireworks.

Maricopa County regional parks also banned fires earlier this month.

Visitors can’t use fire pits, campfires or charcoal grills, but they can use propane grills in designated areas.
KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Jim Cross contributed to this report.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Facebook Photo/Bike Easy)...

Chandler wants residents to have their say on protected bike lanes

An East Valley city is asking for feedback through on online survey regarding the potential installation of protected bicycle lanes.
1 day ago
(Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)...
Associated Press

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoes bill to ban tents in public places

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoed a bill Thursday that would have prohibited people from setting up tents or tarps in public areas.
1 day ago
This undated image provided by Raman and Puja Kalra shows their Dairy Queen franchise restaurant in...
Associated Press

Arizona Dairy Queen on the hunt for missing red spoon statue

The owners of a Dairy Queen in Phoenix remain perplexed as to why someone would steal the giant red spoon that adorned their restaurant.
1 day ago
(Facebook Photo/City of Phoenix, AZ USA)...

Population growth in Maricopa County was largest in nation for second consecutive year

For the second consecutive year, more people have been moving to Maricopa County than any other county in the nation.
1 day ago
(AP Photo/Reba Saldanha, File)...

Arizona politicians react to indictment of former President Donald Trump

Arizona politicians were quick to speak on the unprecedented news of Donald Trump's indictment, with reactions split along party lines.
1 day ago
(Google Maps Screenshot)...
Taylor Kinnerup

Arizona’s News Roundup: Phoenix business owners win homelessness suit, Hobbs’ staffer resigns

KTAR’s Arizona’s News Roundup this week catches you up on homeless encampment updates, a change in the governor's office and more.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

(Pexels Photo)...

Sports gambling can be fun for adults, but it’s a dangerous game for children

While adults may find that sports gambling is a way to enhance the experience with more than just fandom on the line, it can be a dangerous proposition if children get involved in the activity.
Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet edges out cable for everyday use

In a world where technology drives so much of our daily lives, a lack of high-speed internet can be a major issue.
(Desert Institute for Spine Care photo)...

Why DISC is world renowned for back and neck pain treatments

Fifty percent of Americans and 90% of people at least 50 years old have some level of degenerative disc disease.
Wildfire officials watching as Arizonans head to nature for holiday