stage II fire restrictions

As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, the Tonto National Forest wants to remind visitors that Stage II Fire Restrictions and two area closures remain in place due to the extreme fire danger we are currently experiencing.  Visitors are also reminded that fireworks and all pyrotechnic devices are always prohibited on national forest lands.

The U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service will implement additional fire restrictions, also known as Stage II fire restrictions, across the North Kaibab Ranger District, and the South Rim, North Rim and Inner Canyon of Grand Canyon National Park beginning at 8 a.m. this Friday. Visitors should be mindful that these new fire restrictions will limit certain activities and will remain in effect until rescinded, which typically occurs after significant and widespread moisture arrives and fire danger levels subside.

With fire severity extraordinarily high and much of Arizona in extreme drought conditions, the Department of Forestry and Fire Management will close state lands in two counties to recreational use.

As of 12:01 am, Friday May 18th, Stage III, or full closures, will be implemented on state-owned and managed lands in both Apache and Navajo Counties.

Due to increasing drought conditions and high to very high fire danger across the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs), area closures will be implemented in some parts of the forest. Areas outside of the closures with remain in Stage II Fire Restrictions.

Closure areas are decided upon by district and forest leadership with the primary objective of providing protection to communities at risk of wildland fire. Prevailing southwest winds are consistent to areas within the geographical location of the ASNFs and will play a role in determining locations of area closures.

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:

Coronado National Forest ranger district and Forest Supervisor offices will be closed for the July 4 holiday on Tuesday.  The Sabino Canyon Visitor Center will remain open.

Forest officials expect large numbers of visitors to the Forest’s most popular campgrounds and picnic areas over Fourth of July weekend.  Although some rain has fallen in isolated areas of the Forest, most areas are dry, and campfires and smoking are prohibited (see below).  The following are tips for safe and enjoyable weekend outings. 

Due to increasing fire danger the Prescott National Forest will implement Stage II fire restrictions effective Friday, June 30, at 8 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.

Stage II fire restrictions prohibit the following:

1.Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or stove fire, including fires in developed campgrounds and improved sites.

Coconino National Forest firefighters responded to a human-caused wildfire southwest of Fort Tuthill near its archery range around 4 p.m. today, which is producing thick smoke and the smoke is visible to those in the Flagstaff area, travelers near the junction of Interstate 40 and I-17.

Firefighters responded to the Power Fire with several engines, patrols, a hotshot crew, a water tender, an initial attack aircraft and helicopter being dispatched to a fire burning in about a 1.5 acres of forest land.

The Sawmill Fire in southern Arizona started early for a typical wildfire season, and since then, more than 100,000 acres have burned on both state and federal lands in that part of the state.
The increasingly hot temperatures coupled with hazardous fuel conditions means the Department of Forestry and Fire Management will now implement Stage II Fire Restrictions on state-owned and state-managed lands in six counties.


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