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Contact: Caleb Kesler, 928-567-3322 x227
National Park ServiceNews Release
For IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 5, 2014
Caleb Kesler, chief ranger, MOCA/TUZI, 928-567-3322 x227
Fire Restrictions – Montezuma Castle & Tuzigoot National Monuments
Dry Conditions Trigger Increased Fire Restrictions in Arizona
--Effective Thursday, June 5, 2014 the National Park Service will increase campfire and smoking restrictions at Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments, consistent with Arizona State Forestry Division fire restrictions already in place statewide.
Beginning June 5, 2014 and until rescinded, the following are prohibited: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 except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal or tribal laws and regulations.
- Operating any internal combustion engine, except operating motorized vehicles on designated roads so long as you park in an area devoid of vegetation within 10 feet of the roadway.
- Welding, or operating acetylene or other torches with an open flame.
- Using an explosive.
Fireworks are always prohibited year-round on federal lands.
Violation of restrictions on federal lands is punishable as a Class B misdemeanor, which includes a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual and up to $10,000 for organizations and possible imprisonment for not more than six (6) months or both. Violators may also be held personally responsible for reimbursement of fire suppression costs. Arizona and New Mexico state laws carry similar penalties.
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. Always use an ashtray to prevent wildfires.
Never park a vehicle over dead grass; the catalytic converter can ignite the vegetation. Maintain vehicle brakes, keep tires properly inflated, and shorten tow chains to prevent sparks. One less spark means one less wildfire.
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 http://wildlandfire.az.gov or call the toll-free Southwest Fire Restrictions Hotline at 1-877-864-6985.
For questions or additional information regarding Montezuma Castle or Tuzigoot National Monuments, call 928-567-3322.