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.

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:

Fire activity: On Sunday aerial ignitions were utilized to successfully burn out the largest unburned interior island west of Forest Road 25.  Increased acreage reported today is a result of interior burning.  Fire operations were coordinated along both the southeast and southwest flanks of the fire by strengthening constructed fire lines.  Fire line repair was completed for contingency lines north of the Black River.

Effective Monday, June 26, the Bureau of Land Management Gila District, all districts of the Coronado National Forest, Saguaro National Park, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, Chiricahua National Monument, Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Tumacácori National Historical Park, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, and the Arizona State Forestry Division will increase campfire and smoking restrictions in southeastern Arizona.

Beginning June 26, and until rescinded, the following are prohibited:

The increase in wildfire starts, coupled with hot temperatures and dry fuels, forces the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management to go statewide with fire restrictions.

As of today, northern Arizona will now be under Stage 1 restrictions, to include, Apache, Coconino, Mohave, and Navajo counties.

Beginning at 0800, those northern Arizona counties will follow suit with the rest of the state. Restrictions on campfires, smoking and fireworks will be in place. Target shooting is never allowed on state lands.

Multiple crashes and adverse weather conditions in the north country have forced multiple closures on Interstate 40 and numerous state highways, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Multiple crashes closed I-40 in both directions between mileposts 146 and 195. Crashes also closed State Routes 89A, 87, 238 and 64.

A winter storm warning is in effect for elevations above 6,000 feet. The heaviest snowfall was expected to occur before 8 p.m. Motorists should consider delaying traveling in areas with heavy snowfall.

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