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Arizona is very dry and we are continuously having days of high winds and low humidity. We would like to ask for your help in sharing these reminders. It is up to us and our visitors to stay safe and do what we can to reduce wildfire danger.

FIREWISE REMINDERS:

Currently all Fire Districts, Arizona State Forestry, and National Forest are under Stage II restrictions.

 Stage II Fire Restrictions:

To protect public health and safety due to increasing fire danger, the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) will implement stage II fire restrictions effective Friday, May 4, at 12:01 a.m. These additional fire restrictions will remain in effect until forest officials determine that conditions have changed sufficiently to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfire. No campfires are allowed until stage II fire restrictions are lifted.
 
Stage II fire restrictions prohibit the following:

To protect public health and safety due to increasing fire danger, the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) will implement stage II fire restrictions effective Friday, May 4, at 12:01 a.m. These additional fire restrictions will remain in effect until forest officials determine that conditions have changed sufficiently to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfire. No campfires are allowed until stage II fire restrictions are lifted.

Stage II fire restrictions prohibit the following:

Forest Service investigators were able to access the point of origin of the Tinder Fire and have found the cause to be an abandoned illegal campfire during Stage I Fire Restrictions.

The fire was reported by the Moqui Tower lookout on April 27 at 11:43 a.m. and began near Forest Road 95, approximately 1.5 miles east of C.C. Cragin Reservoir. It quickly spread to the bottom of East Clear Creek Canyon, and strong southwest winds drove the fire in a northeast direction up the canyon and towards private property and residents located about 3 miles away.

The National Weather Service has issued a RED FLAG WARNING for Friday, April 13 for all of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests due to strong winds and low relative humidity.

Only the National Weather Service can issue a Red Flag Warning. The term Red Flag Warning is used by fire weather forecasters to alert fire personnel and the public of potential extreme and critical fire weather due to high winds and low relative humidity. Red Flag Warnings are issued when the ALL of the following criteria are met:

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for today from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. that covers Arizona, including all of the Tonto National Forest, due to strong winds and low relative humidity.

Visitors to the Tonto National Forest are advised to refrain from having a campfire when Red Flag Warning conditions exist.  This advisory covers all campfires across the affected area, including in developed campgrounds.

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