Tonto National Forest

The Forest Supervisor’s Office and all Ranger District offices located on the Tonto will be closed Monday, September 3, for the Labor Day holiday.

Forest officials say they expect a large number of visitors to the Tonto’s campgrounds, picnic areas and recreation sites over the 3-day weekend. The following are tips for a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.

Fireworks, Campfires, and Smoking

Ø  Fireworks are prohibited year-round on all National Forest lands.

The Tonto National Forest will continue conducting prescribed fire treatments in areas around Payson starting on Tuesday, August 28. Current weather conditions are providing an opportunity to burn vegetative debris piles in the Tonto Creek area 15 miles northeast of Payson. Tonto National Forest fire specialists will begin eliminating 74 acres of piles in the Tonto Creek Estates area beginning Tuesday, August 28 through Friday, August 31, 2018.

Firefighters plan to resume burnout operations related to the Bears Fire beginning on Sunday, August 19. Burning temporarily was suspended Aug. 9 due to rainfall from monsoons.

If proper conditions continue, firefighters will burn an additional 1,800 acres of Ponderosa Pine and brush in the Mistake Peak and Picture fire scars and conclude burnout operations on Friday, August 24. To date, burnout operations have removed understory fuels from approximately 6,500 acres of pine.

Burnout operations began August 1 as part of the Forest Service’s containment strategy to:

Fire personnel continue boundary preparations today involving Forest Roads 416, 486 and 609 and are scheduled to begin burnout operations July 31 for the Bears Fire.

The Forest Supervisor for the Tonto National Forest issued a temporary Closure Order for the area on July 29. A map of the closed area along with the full Closure Order is available on the Tonto’s website at: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/tonto/alerts-notices/?aid=48015.

Campfire and smoking restrictions on the Tonto National Forest will be lifted, effective at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, July 13, 2018.

The fire restrictions, which covered the entire forest, are no longer needed because fire danger has been reduced by increased humidity levels and rain.

Campfires and smoking are now allowed throughout the forest. Target shooting is also prohibited in some areas of the Tonto National Forest, but is allowed again in dispersed areas where it can be conducted safely.

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.

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