While the Coconino National Forest received some rain over the weekend, visitors are reminded fire danger levels continue to be elevated and Stage II fire restrictions, as well as the six area closures to protect watersheds and other values at risk, will remain in place until significant and widespread precipitation is received. 

Coconino National Forest emphasizes that northern Arizona is still at the height of its fire season and there is a potential for large, severe wildfires. The forest needs the public’s continued support in preventing unwanted, human-caused wildfires.

In accordance with Yavapai County Ordinance No. 2012-1, Section V. Yavapai County Board of Supervisor Chairman, Rowle Simmons has signed an interim order to enact a fire ban within Yavapai County.

This determination is based upon the implementation of fire restrictions by the following jurisdictions: Prescott National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, and local fire districts and fire departments which will be imposed on April 20, 2018, at 8:00 A.M.

The fall season brings many recreationist, hunters, and fall-color enthusiasts to our national forests. The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests reminds visitors to always be careful with fire, especially since we have experienced an unusually dry and warm fall. This week alone there have been numerous abandoned campfires and some have spread to become multiple-acre wildfires.

In coordination with area partners such as the U.S. Forest Service and the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, Coconino County will remove fire restrictions at 8 a.m., Tuesday, July 18.
Significant moisture and fewer wildland fire starts throughout northern Arizona has brought has decreased the fire risk in the region. When local area U.S Forests lift fire restrictions, the Coconino Wildland Defense Ordinance allows for Coconino County Emergency Manager Whitney to remove restrictions.

Due to significant widespread rain and decreasing fire danger, the entire Coconino and Kaibab National Forests in northern Arizona will begin lifting all campfire and smoking restrictions. The Kaibab National Forest will rescind restrictions today at 12 p.m. (Monday, July 17) and the Coconino National Forest will follow tomorrow morning (Tuesday July 18) at 8 a.m.

Fire managers in the Color Country Interagency Fire Management Area (southwestern Utah and northwestern Arizona) are working closely together to prepare for what could be a busy and challenging fire season. “After all the precipitation we received this past winter and spring, the grass crop is very thick and poses a major fire hazard now that it has dried out” says Taiga Rohrer, Zion National Park Fire Management Officer. “We know it could be a long, trying fire season, so it’s important that we get the support of the public to help us reduce human-caused fires. “

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