Coconino NF currently in Stage I fire restrictions
Release Date: May 20, 2014
Coconino National Forest: 928-527-3600
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Campfire and smoking restrictions began April 18 and are still currently in effect on the Coconino National Forest in order to protect public health and reduce preventable human-caused fires.
Under the restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves are allowed in developed campgrounds only, when the managing concessionaire allows it. During days when the National Weather Services issues a Red Flag Warning due to high winds, the Forest Service recommends not having a campfire even in developed campgrounds.
The restrictions also limit smoking to within enclosed vehicles or buildings or in developed campgrounds. Using a device that is solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off is allowed in areas that are clear of flammable materials. Fireworks are always prohibited on all national forest lands. Click HERE for an explanation of the different stages of Fire Restrictions in general.
Implementation of fire restrictions is especially important this year given the dry winter and impacts of long-term drought on the forests. Criteria used to determine when to implement fire restrictions include current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, fire activity levels and available firefighting resources. Fire restrictions will remain in effect until the forests receive significant precipitation.
Know Before You Go! The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:
• Arizona Fire Restrictions http://firerestrictions.us/az/
• Arizona Fire Prevention & Information (fire restrictions & red flag alerts) http://wildlandfire.az.gov/
• Fire Restrictions on Public Lands in Arizona and New Mexico 1-877-864-6985
Be sure to check what type of restrictions may be on other northern Arizona forests by visiting their websites: