Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

Coconino National Forest was a busy place over Memorial Day weekend, with visitors filling developed campsites early and dealing with areas closed due to very high fire danger.

Extra Forest Service patrols were dispatched over the holiday weekend to greet visitors, remind campers of the restrictions, and help inform people about the areas still open for dispersed camping.

The Rattlesnake Fire is located approximately 43 miles southeast of Whiteriver, 20 miles southwest of Alpine, and over 50 miles northwest of San Carlos, burning on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, San Carlos Indian Reservation and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.
 
The Rattlesnake Fire is approximately 26,072 acres in size and 63 percent contained. The fire was human-caused and is under investigation. Resources include 295 personnel.
 

The Rattlesnake Fire is located approximately 43 miles southeast of Whiteriver, 20 miles southwest of Alpine, and over 50 miles northwest of San Carlos, burning on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation, San Carlos Indian Reservation and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests. The fire is and estimated 21,513 acres in size and approximately 32 percent contained.

The Rattlesnake Fire started on Wednesday, April 11. The fire is human caused and still under investigation. Resources include approximately 524 personnel.

Although the initial threat of the Frye Fire has passed, post-fire conditions are being assessed to recommend preventive treatments and emergency stabilization for fire related problems such as soil erosion from loss of vegetation; flooding from increased runoff; and increased sedimentation downstream which could have the potential to impact private property and public safety.  This assessment is called a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER).

With the reopening of the Mt. Lemmon Highway July 14 at 8:00 a.m. Coronado National Forest officials expect large numbers of visitors to the mountain’s campgrounds and picnic areas over hot summer weekend.  Although some rain has fallen in isolated areas of the Forest, most areas are dry, and campfires are prohibited (see below).  The following are tips for safe and enjoyable weekend outings.

NOTICE: There will be a Community Meeting Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 7 PM in the Thatcher Middle School Cafetorium.  An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter and Communication Access Real Time Translation (CART) will be available.

Location:  Safford Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest; 7 miles southwest of Safford, AZ.

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