Tonto National Forest closures lifted, fire restrictions continue

July 10, 2018 - 3:45 pm

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

Rattlesnake Cove

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

CCC campground

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

Pinal Campground

Upper Pinal Campground

Pioneer Pass Campground

Mesa Ranger District

Saguaro Del Norte

Butcher Jones




Palo Verde

Granite Reef

Phon D Sutton

Coons Bluff

Saguaro Lake Marina

Canyon Lake Marina

Pebble Beach

Blue Point

Sheep’s Crossing

Water Users

Larry Forbis Group Site

Tonto Basin Ranger District

Apache Lake Marina

Vineyard Picnic Site

Frazier Group Site

Frazier Campground

Windy Hill Campground

Cholla Campground

Grapevine Campground

Cottonwood Picnic Site

Schoolhouse Campground

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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