General Fire restrictions on Tonto National Forest begin Friday, April 18

Release Date: Apr 18, 2014  

Target shooting is prohibited while fire restrictions are in place,  fireworks and explosives are prohibited year-round

PHOENIX (April 18, 2014) – Drought conditions, hot temperatures, and increased fire danger have resulted in fire restrictions for the Tonto National Forest beginning at 8 a.m., Friday, April 18.

Most types of fire or fire-causing activities are prohibited across the entire Tonto National Forest.

Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or charcoal-burning device is prohibited.

Restrictions also apply to operating internal combustion power tools, using welding equipment or torches with open flames, operating combustion engines without spark-arresting devices in effective working order, or discharging firearms except in taking game in accordance with Arizona hunting laws.

Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building, or a developed recreation site.

Use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, and heating devices are allowed, and some developed campgrounds are exempted from these restrictions. (Please see attached list).

“We are going into restrictions about a month earlier than normal due to the extremely dry winter and spring we’ve had this year. Fuel moisture and humidity levels have been decreasing steadily across the forest and the fire danger is high,” said Tonto National Forest Fire Management Officer Helen Graham. “These precautionary measures are intended to protect forest resources and enhance our visitors’ quality recreation experiences.”

“We continue to remind the public that all fireworks are prohibited on the forest at all times and this includes the use of exploding targets,” emphasized Graham.

Violation of these fire restrictions is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and imprisonment for up to six months.

For more information regarding forest recreation sites and fire restrictions, please contact the Tonto National Forest at (602) 225-5200, or check online at

For general information on fire activity and restrictions in Arizona call toll free 877-864-6985, or visit the. Southwest Coordination Center website: or

Useful Websites:

ARIZONA Websites:

Fire Restriction Information: Toll free 1 (877) 864-6985

Campfires are allowed in fire grills and grates provided by the Forest Service in the following developed recreation sites:

Cave Creek Ranger District

  • Bartlett Lake Recreation Area
    • Bartlett Lake Marina
    • Rattlesnake Cove
    • SB Cove parking lot ramadas with metal charcoal pedestals
    • Yellow Cliffs parking lot ramadas with metal charcoal pedestals
  • Horseshoe Lake Recreation Area
    • Horseshoe Campground
    • Mesquite Campground
  • Seven Springs Recreation Area
    • Seven Springs Group Use Site
    • CCC Campground
  • Lower Verde Recreation Area
    • Needle Rock Day Use Picnic Area

Globe Ranger District

  • Pioneer Pass, in the Pinal Mtns
  • Sulphide Del Ray, in the Pinal Mtns
  • Kellner, in the Pinal Mtns
  • Lower Pinal, in the Pinal Mtns
  • Upper Pinal, in the Pinal Mtns
  • Jones Water, off AZ Hwy 77 north of Globe
  • Oak Flat, off AZ Hwy 60 east of Superior
  • Timber Camp
  • Timber Camp Horse Camp

Mesa Ranger District

  • Saguaro Lake Marina
  • Saguaro Del Norte
  • Butcher Jones
  • Canyon Lake Marina
  • Acacia
  • Boulder
  • Laguna
  • Palo Verde
  • Granite Reef
  • Phon D. Sutton

Mesa Ranger District Cont.

  • Coons Bluff
  • Goldfield
  • Pebble Beach
  • Blue Point
  • Sheep’s Crossing
  • Water Users
  • Larry Forbis Group Site

Payson Ranger District

  • Houston Mesa Campground
  • Houston Mesa Horse Camp
  • Ponderosa Campground
  • Christopher Creek Campground
  • Sharp Creek Campground
  • Tonto Creek Campground
  • Tonto Creek Walk-In

Tonto Basin Ranger District

  • Apache Lake Marina
  • Vineyard Picnic Site
  • Frazier Campground
  • Windy Hill Campground
  • Cholla Campground
  • Grapevine Campground
  • Cottonwood Picnic Site
  • Schoolhouse Campground
  • Burnt Corral Campground