Good news for folks headed up to the high country this weekend! Today, the Department of Forestry and Fire Management is taking Coconino County out of Stage II Fire Restrictions thanks to the recent rains in the area.
In late June, DFFM put Coconino County, just south of the Colorado River, in Stage II restrictions due to the increased fire activity and hotter temperatures. With those stricter regulations, campfires were not allowed.
However, under Stage I, campfires are allowed only if they are in a developed site, smoking is still restricted to an enclosed building or vehicle, and welding or using a torch with an open flame is still prohibited. Fireworks and other incendiary devices are always prohibited on state lands.
“While we are rescinding the Stage II Fire Restrictions in Coconino County, south of the Colorado River, we ask the public to still be mindful when out in the wilderness. Never walk away from a campfire, don’t drag chains, and never pull off into tall grasses,” said State Forester Jeff Whitney.
The Coconino National Forest is also coming out of Stage II Fire restrictions today and will also stay in Stage I.
For more information, contact Tiffany Davila at 602-540-1036 or by email at [email protected]