Fire Restrictions Taking Effect Across National Forest Lands

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Fire Restrictions Taking Effect Across National Forest Lands

National Forest and National Grasslands across Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming are under fire restrictions until May 31st.

Prohibitions include:  Igniting, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, including charcoal grills and barbecues, coal and wood burning stoves, and sheepherder’s stoves.  Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, trailer, or building is also prohibited under the order.

National Forest and National Grasslands in New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma have fire restrictions in place until June 30.

Beginning April 22, igniting, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire will be prohibited on all six national forests in Arizona until June 30.

All of these closures are being implemented due to COVID-19 related public safety restrictions.  In the Southwest Region’s news release announcing the restrictions, they said:

“Forest Service officials are taking the necessary steps to ensure first responders are available to safely respond and manage incidents. This campfire restriction will prevent the drawdown of fire and medical resources to unwanted human-caused wildfires and reduce firefighter exposure to COVID-19 during the current pandemic.”

Check with your local land agencies before heading out.  To find the National Forest or National Grassland info near you, visit the US Forest Service website.

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Don McDowell, Arizona native, is an avid outdoorsman and has been an active bass pro fisherman for over 16 years and in the past 15 years has developed his own radio show promoting bass fishing and conservation efforts for bass fishing that escalated to nominations with several bass groups and organizations. In the past 12 years, Don has pursued his conservation agenda through AZBFN-TBF as Conservation Director and with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, in the spring of 2014 redesigned his website to include those efforts highlighted below and has increased the AZGFD exposure, public education of the AZGFD and Commission issues on his radio show and website soliciting local and national support for Arizona. 2014 has seen the founding of SRT Outdoors, Inc., 501 C3 organization, “Not for Profit, for Conservation” which is concentrating on grants for mitigating the effects of Gizzard Shad on Roosevelt lake thorough habitat enhancement, Florida Strain Bass stocking, lakes bottom mapping, etc. and feral hog research.

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