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.
Beginning at 0800 on Monday, June 26th, Stage II restrictions will go into effect within Cochise, Greenlee, Graham, Pima, Pinal, a
Stage 2 fire restrictions, will begin at 8 a.m., Thursday, June 22, across Coconino County. Fire restrictions are to help protect public health by reducing the number of human-caused wildfires.
The County has been in Stage 1 fire restrictions since June 15. The County is enacting Stage 2 restrictions due to forecasted weather and very high fire danger. Restrictions are in coordination with Coconino National Forest and the Arizona Department of Fire and Forestry Management.
Due to warmer weather conditions, fire danger, an increase of abandoned campfires, and for public safety, Coconino National Forest officials will implement additional fire restrictions beginning Thursday (June 22) at 8 a.m.