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Q&AZ: Where In Arizona Can I Start A Campfire When I Go Camping With Fire Restrictions?

During Arizona’s peak wildfire season, the state’s Department of Forestry and Fire Management puts restrictions in place to prevent campers from accidentally starting fires.

Through KJZZ's Q&AZ project, a listener asked: Where in Arizona can I have a campfire when I am tent camping?

Even during wildfire season, there are still ways to stay warm on camping trips.

Tiffany Davila is with the state Department of Forestry and Fire Management. She says if Stage 1 restrictions are in place, campers can build a fire at an established campground. 

If Stage 2 restrictions are in place, which is often the case during wildfire season, a certain type of fuel is needed to start a fire.

“Stage 2 fire restrictions, no campfires are allowed. If they’re using something based solely off liquid petroleum that turns on and off, they can have that,” said Davila.

Davila says that while fire restrictions from her department are no longer in place for this year, it’s important to research an area before you camp. 

She says some areas previously burned by wildfire still have regulations from local forestry jurisdictions.

Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.