The onset of monsoon activity has raised humidity levels across the Tonto National Forest, allowing the Forest Service to lift the two fire area closures, and reduce Forest-wide fire restrictions, effective at 8:00 am on Wednesday,
July 11, 2018.
While the relative humidity has increased, the Tonto National Forest has received differing amounts of rainfall. Firefighters have been busy with several small lightning fires caused by these monsoon storms. The public is asked to continue being diligent by abiding by the Stage I Fire Restrictions, which will remain in effect across the Tonto National Forest until the entire Forest receives widespread rain.
Under Stage I Fire Restrictions, wood and charcoal campfires will be permitted in metal rings and pedestal grills provided by the Forest Service at the following recreation sites:
Cave Creek Ranger District
Bartlett Lake Recreation Area
Bartlett Lake Marina
SB Cove parking lot Ramada’s with metal charcoal pedestal grills
Yellow Cliff parking lot Ramadas with metal charcoal pedestal grills
Seven Springs Recreation Area
Springs Group Site
Lower Verde Recreation Area
Needle Rock Day Use Picnic Area
Globe Ranger District
Timber Camp Equestrian Group Site
Timber Camp Campground - Brundrett #1 and Brundrett #2
Jones Water Campground
Oak Flat Campground
Kellner Group Recreation Site
Icehouse CCC Picnic Site
Sulphide Del Rey Campground
Upper Pinal Campground
Pioneer Pass Campground
Mesa Ranger District
Saguaro Del Norte
Phon D Sutton
Saguaro Lake Marina
Canyon Lake Marina
Larry Forbis Group Site
Tonto Basin Ranger District
Apache Lake Marina
Vineyard Picnic Site
Frazier Group Site
Windy Hill Campground
Cottonwood Picnic Site
Burnt Corral Campground
Outside of these sites the following fire restrictions remain in effect:
- The use of gasoline and propane stoves, lanterns, and heating devices must be used in areas not listed above. This includes all campgrounds on the Tonto National Forest around Payson and Young.
- Smoking remains restricted to an enclosed vehicle or building, or within developed recreation sites. Please discharge of cigarette in an ashtray or inside a building. Do not toss out a window or discard on the ground.
- The use of welding equipment, or operating an acetylene torch or other torch with an open flame remains prohibited.
- Discharging a firearm (target shooting) is still prohibited, except for taking game in accordance with Arizona hunting laws.
Fire restrictions were implemented in April, followed by area closures before Memorial Day weekend, to prevent large catastrophic wildfire with the extreme fire danger in central Arizona. Cooperation by the public has kept new human-caused fire starts to a minimum.
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