Campfire and smoking restrictions on the Tonto National Forest will be lifted, effective at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.
The fire restrictions, which covered the entire forest, are no longer needed because fire danger has been reduced by increased humidity levels caused by the monsoon season.
Campfires, target shooting, and smoking are now allowed throughout the forest, however, we ask you to continue to do your part to prevent wildfires” said Tonto National Forest Fire Staff Don Nunley. Make sure your campfire is completely out. If it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave. Check to see that safety chains are not dragging on the road. Following these simple tips could help prevent a spark, which could mean one less wildfire.”
July 11, 2016—The Grapevine and Schoolhouse Boat Ramps at Roosevelt Lake are currently closed due to low lake levels. Roosevelt Lake has dropped to 44% full, causing the ramps to be out of the water. The ramps will remain closed until sufficient rain occurs to bring water levels up enough to safely reopen the boat ramps.
The public can still launch their watercraft at the Marina, or at the Badger and Ringtail boat ramps at Windy Hill Campground.
To provide for the public’s health and safety during management activities associated with the Juniper Fire.
All National Forest System Lands, roads, and trails to the east of State Highway 288 and to the west of Forest Road 203 (commonly referred to as the Cherry Creek Road) contained with the boundary lines as depicted on the attached map and hereby incorporated in this order. In addition all lands, trails and roads from the western edge of Highway 288 extending for a distance of one half mile to the west (from Circle Ranch Trailhead) to Milepost 279.8 on Highway 288). State Highway 288 and Cherry Creek Road will remain open for the duration of this order except that it may be closed on short term basis if smoke/visibility and firefighting activities next to and on the highway make periodical closures necessary (e.g. nighttime hours approximately 7 pm to 7 am).
The purpose of this Order is the protection of National Forest visitors and employees, the prevention of user conflicts, the conservation of natural resources, and the protection of property belonging to the United States.
To provide protection from disturbance caused by human activity in a high-intensity recreation area, for Bald Eagle nesting, incubation, nestlings, and fledglings during the critical reproductive period.
Prohibitions: Going into or being upon the restricted area between the dates of December 1 and June 30 of each year that this order is in effect. 36 CFR 261.53(a)
Prohibitions contained in this Order become effective March 12, 2014 and will remain in effect until March 31, 2017, unless terminated sooner. If by March 31 of any year, the breeding pair is not occupying the breeding area (BA) or the specific nest this closure protects, or the pair in an occupied BA does not lay eggs in a nest within the closure, then the closure may be terminated by the Forest Supervisor and the area opened to the public.