The National Weather Service has issued a RED FLAG WARNING today for much of Southern Arizona including portions of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests due to strong winds and low relative humidity. This Red Flag Warning is in effect today from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. MST in southeast fire weather zone 152 including eastern Cochise, southeast Graham and southern Greenlee Counties.
On a RED FLAG DAY, the following restrictions go into effect on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests during the advisory hours:
1. Building, maintaining, or attending a fire or campfire. *Propane heating and cooking devices are permissible.
2. Smoking outside a vehicle or a building.
3. Vehicle use off roads or trails.
4. Driving a vehicle without an approved spark arresting device.
5. Operating an internal combustion engine (unless the equipment has an approved spark arresting device AND is in an area completely devoid of vegetation) i.e. chainsaws, generators, hot saws, skidders, and other recreational or industrial equipment.
6. Welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame.
The National Weather Service predicts that very windy conditions are expected to continue over the next several days. A wind advisory remains in effect from 9:00 a.m. this morning to 8:00 p.m. MST this evening for much of Eastern Arizona. West winds are expected to be 20 to 35 MPH with gusts to around 50 MPH. Visitors to the forests should use extreme caution. Fires ignited under these conditions, even accidentally, would exhibit EXTREME fire behavior. Limit or restrict all activities that may generate a spark and start a fire.
For detailed weather information including warnings issued by the National Weather Service, visit http://www.weather.gov/.
It’s your responsibility to know before you go. Check current fire information and restrictions at www.wildlandfire.AZ.gov or at www.firerestrictions.us.
For fire information in Northeastern Arizona visit www.311info.net or dial 311.