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Freidlein Fire was started by an illegal, abandoned campfire at the base of the San Francisco Peaks

 Stage II Fire Restrictions  Stage II fire restrictions are in effect on the Coconino National Forest starting Thursday, June 22. Help our firefighters by complying with fire restrictions and area closures. View the Weekend Outlook for June 23-25 on Facebook for information about restrictions, closures, fires, traffic, and more.

Photo: Firefighters battle a fire on Freidlein Prairie Road at the base of the San Francisco Peaks, June 19, 2017. The fire was started by an abandoned campfire over Father's Day weekend. The Forest was under Stage I fire restrictions, and campfires in dispersed camping areas, like this one, were illegal. The fire had burned an acre before forward progression was stopped. This was just one of 34 abandonded campfires discovered an extinguished over the weekend. (Halloran/USFS) [more photos on Flickr]

The Coconino National Forest is one of the most diverse National Forests in the country with landscapes ranging from the famous red rocks of Sedona to Ponderosa pine forests, from southwestern desert to alpine tundra. Explore mountains and canyons, fish in small lakes, and wade in lazy creeks and streams.

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Fire Restrictions

No campfires

Stage II Fire Restrictions are in effect across the entire Forest. Campfires, charcoal fire, wood stoves, and a wide variety of other fires are strictly prohibited everywhere (including campgrounds and picnic areas).

Smoke Impacts

Smoky neighborhood during a fire

If you are experiencing smoke impacts from a fire on the Coconino National Forest, please submit a smoke report or complaint and we will get your information to fire managers and forest leadership.


Notes & Notices

  • Expanded! Fire Restrictions Forest-wide Stage II fire restrictions are in effect starting Thursday, June 22. Read the press release about the fire restrictions for more information. No campfires are permitted, even in developed recreation sites.
  • Highline Fire The Highline Fire is burning just below the Mogollon Rim northwest of Bonita Creek Estates, northeast of Payson, east of Pine-Strawberry on the Tonto National Forest. Resources are on scene working to suppress the fire. For official details, follow: Inciweb: Highline Fire, @HighlineFire on Twitter, and Highline Fire Info on Facebook. Portions of the Coconino National Forest are closed in the vicinity of the fire.
  • Fire Closures There are several closures around active fires across the Coconino National Forest:
  • Forest Health & Watershed Grants Grants applications are being accepted now by the Coconino Resource Advisory Committee for projects that can be funded under the authority of the Secure Rural Schools and Communities Self-Determination Act. See the press release for details.
  • Public Comments Wanted Public comments are open until July 1 on the Cragin Watershed Protection Project. Read the announcement to learn how to submit your comments.
  • Soldier Pass Closures Soldier Pass roads (FRs 9904, 9904B, and 9904C) are closed to public motorized use until a permit system is established. We are currently working on the new permit system, and anticipate permits for public use will be available in late 2017. Once implemented, the permit system will allow limited public motorized access. Read the Final decision released on Soldier Pass motorized use press release for full details on the closures and project.
  • Road Construction - SR 89A Through fall 2017, SR 89A between Flagstaff and Oak Creek Vista will have traffic restrictions in place 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Traffic will be occasionally stopped for brief periods to allow contruction vehicles and work to occur. This stretch is closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Interstate 17 to and from State Route 179 is an alternate route at night and for those wishing to avoid work-related delays on weekdays. FR 237 and FR 535 gates at SR 89A will be locked nightly. Full details at ADOT SR 89A paving project page:
  • Fossil Creek Permits Permits are required for parking at Fossil Creek starting April 1. Permits must be printed before you arrive, and presented at the gate. Download Fossil Creek maps and information in English and Spanish. Visit to book your permit.
  • No Drone Zone You are required to follow FAA rules when flying any unmanned aircraft on National Forest lands. #1 No unauthorized flights within five miles of an airport. #2 No flights in Wilderness Areas. Follow the law, and observe the "No Drone Zone" signs. Get maps of the Sedona Airport No Drone Zone and local Wilderness Areas, and learn more about Flying Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) on the Coconino National Forest.



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