Stage 1 Fire Restrictions start Wednesday, June 15, 2016 on four National Forests in northern Arizona

Release Date: Jun 13, 2016  

Contact(s): Coconino National Forest Supervisor's Office 928-527-3600, Media Contact: Brady Smith 928-527-3490, Media Contact: George Jozens 928-527-3412


See Forest Order 04-16-11-F: Forest-wide Stage I Fire Restrictions [PDF] for details


Flagstaff, Arizona — Campfire and smoking restrictions will begin 8 a.m. Wednesday June 15, 2016 on the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott and Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests 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 recreation sites. The restrictions also limit smoking to within enclosed vehicles or buildings, or at developed campgrounds. Using a device that is solely fueled by liquid petroleum (LPG, LP, propane, or butane) 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. On the Prescott National Forest, Stage I restrictions will not allow shooting firearms due to the drier conditions. However, this activity will be allowed on the other National Forests.

The forests use fire restrictions to help prevent unwanted, human-caused fires and to limit the exposure of users during periods of dangerous fire conditions. Implementation of fire restrictions normally occurs based on a combination of factors that are carefully measured. Criteria used to determine when to implement restrictions include things such as current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, fire activity levels and available firefighting resources. Additional restrictions may be applied as conditions warrant. An explanation of the different stages of fire restrictions and what is typically prohibited during those stages can be found online at Fire Restriction Stages Explained. In-depth details and criteria for implementing fire restrictions can be found online at Campfire Restrictions Implementation.

Fire restrictions typically remain in effect until the forests receive significant precipitation, at which time they will be rescinded.

Forest officials would also like to remind forest users that building and maintaining a campfire on the National Forest while under fire restrictions is a violation that carries a mandatory appearance in federal court. Visitors should use extra caution when recreating on all public lands during fire season.

 

Know Before You Go!  The public can obtain additional fire information via the following: