Fire Management

Fire Restrictions and Red Flag Warnings

There are different stages to Fire Restrictions    which become more prohibitive with each stage. These restriction stages include Stage I, Stage II, and the final stage is implementing a Forest closure.

Red Flag Warning is a term used by fire weather forecasters to alert fire personnel and the public of potential extreme and critical fire weather due to high winds and low relative humidity. 

Fire Information

Inciweb is used for information about wildfires primarily over 100 acres in size. All large wildfire information within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests will be posted to Inciweb.

Northeastern Arizona Public Information System is used for wildfire and prescribed fire information in Northeastern Arizona. Visit the website or dial 311 or (928) 333-3412.

311 Information

SWCC Logo ImageSouthwest Coordination Center for current wildland fire information in the southwest. The Southwest Coordination Center is the interagency focal point for coordinating the mobilization of resources between the twelve Federal and State Dispatch Centers of the Southwest Area and, when necessary, the National Coordination Center in Boise, ID, for assignment throughout the nation. Located in Albuquerque, NM, the SWCC mobilizes resources for wildland fire, prescribed fire, and other all-risk incidents.

Arizona Interagency Wildfire Prevention and Information Website will have information specific to Arizona.

Fire Weather Information

The National Weather Service provides in-depth analysis of fire weather conditions for areas across the United States. Information on fire weather conditions for Tucson area and southeastern Arizona, Flagstaff area and northeastern Arizona.

Smoke, Air Quality & Your Health

Wildfires can spread rapidly giving only short notice to nearby residents and can quickly change air quality. The first thing to consider is protecting you and your family’s health from the hazards of smoke. View Smoke, Air Quality & Your Health resources.

Prescribed Fire Information

Many parts of our forest are susceptible to insect infestations, disease, and catastrophic wildfire. It is because of our love of our forest, and our desire to improve its health that we prescribe fire. More information about Prescribed Fires and Forest Health.

Much like a doctor prescribes medication to a sick patient, Forest Service managers sometimes prescribe fire to improve the health of our local forests. More information on Prescribed Fires and Smoke.

Fire Prevention

Fire Prevention is not just for summer…Fire Prevention needs to be practiced year-round.

What can you do to prevent wildfires?

Drones: Know before you fly!

Flying drones has become a popular recreational activity recently, but it has also caused serious hazards to aircraft and negatively impacted firefighting operations.  Before flying drones above your public lands, it is important that you become familiar with regulations governing their use. Regulations stipulate where and when drones may be flown, they protect wildlife and the environment, and they ensure public safety.

No Drones Near Wildfires USDA


Visit the FAA's Know Before You Fly campaign to learn how to fly drones safely.

  • Flying drones within or near wildfires without permission could cause injury to firefighters
  • Fire managers may suspend aerial firefighting until unauthorized drones leave the area, allowing the fire to grow larger.