Fire Management


Table of Contents



Current Fire Danger and Restrictions

Fire Danger, Industrial Plan, Preparedness Level and Fire Restrictions

Map of Fire Danger by District

Fire Danger




Fire Restrictions

Forest Wide (as of 7/11/18)




Local Fire Restrictions

Fires are never allowed in these areas:


For Our Contractors

Current Preparedness Level


Current Industrial Plan



Industrial Plan Descriptions

  • A: Normal Fire Precautions - No fire guard required except for welding and blasting operations.
  • B: Normal Fire Precautions - Authorized user will provide fire guard.
  • C: All power equipment use as well as blasting and welding operations will shut down from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (10 a.m. to 9 p.m. MDT). Operations on mineral soil involving activities such as road excavation, watering, grading, surfacing, rock crushing, and/or other equipment may continue. Authorized user will provide fire guard.
  • D: Shut down all operations; except operations on mineral soil involving road excavation, watering, grading, surfacing, and rock crushing may continue with special Forest Service permit. Blasting and welding are prohibited. Authorized user will provide fire guard.


Fire Precaution Measure Stages

Staged Restriction Levels

Industrial Fire Plan

No Restrictions


Stage 1


Stage 2


Partial/Forest Closure*


Red Flag Warning (as issued by NWS)


* Partial Forest Closure:

Project areas which are outside the boundaries of the partial forest closure may continue to operate under Industrial Fire Plan "C" operating criteria as agreed upon between the Permit Administrator and Purchaser in writing.

Project areas within the boundaries of the proclaimed partial forest closure area are to operate under Industrial Plan "D".

Staged restrictions levels are determined by the appropriate Forest Line Officer in consultation with the Forest Fire Management Officer and Permit Administrator. The appropriate Forest Line Officer may adjust the predicted Industrial Plan for local weather conditions within a Project Area. Changes in the predicted Industrial Plan shall be agreed to in writing.


Fire Restriction Stages: 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 of implementing a Forest closure. Remember: At least one fire regulation is in place across the forest, all year round: Fires must be OUT - cold to the touch - before they're left unattended!




How to report a fire

As visitation increases on the Coconino National Forest, officials ask for continued cooperation in preventing wildfires. Residents and visitors are being extra vigilant for fire safety. Here are some tips on how to report a fire.

  • Call 911. The Coconino National Forest dispatch center can also be reached at 928-527-3552.
  • Provide your name and phone number in case we need to call you back.
  • Provide your location as specifically as possible. Refer to Forest Road numbers, estimated mileage from main road intersections and/or geographic landmarks. Example: I’m on Forest Road 171 about a mile south of the junction with Forest Road 245.
  • Describe what you observe, and if any people and vehicles are in the area.
  • Don’t put yourself at risk. You’ve done your civic duty by reporting the fire. Leave the fire-fighting to the professionals and move a safe distance away.




Forest-wide Campfire Restrictions, and Area or Forest Closures (Protocol and Processes)

The Coconino National Forest uses the National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) to assist in determining Preparedness Levels and when Campfire and Smoking restrictions may be implemented. Using this tool helps Fire Managers to identify critical times when fires can become difficult to control.

Campfire and Smoking restriction discussions between adjacent National Forests, National Parks, State Agencies and the National Weather Service generally begins in mid-April depending on forest conditions and weather forecasts. A review of operating plans, weather trends and forest conditions defines when the need for fire restrictions will be applied. These key questions and weather parameters are addressed during these discussions and are defined in the following narrative...

Learn more about the process of determining the need for restrictions and closures.

For information about current restrictions, call the Fire Restrictions Hotline: 928-226-4607‚Äč





Recent Type I Wildfires on the Coconino National Forest

Tinder FireTinder Fire (2018)

The Tinder Fire was sparked by an illegal campfire during Stage I fire restrictions following an extremely dry winter and spring. The fire was burning in the East Clear Creek drainage east of C.C. Cragin Reservoir. In Red Flag weather conditions, it quickly grew, encroached into nearby communities, destroying 33 residences and 54 minor structures...

Learn more about the 2018 Tinder Fire.


Slide FireSlide Fire (2014)

The Slide Fire was human caused and began north of Slide Rock State Park in Oak Creek Canyon on May 20, 2014. It burned 21,227 acres through the canyon and on top of the Mogollon Rim...

Learn more about the 2014 Slide Fire.


Smoke rises from the Schultz Fire June 20 at 1:30 p.m.Schultz Fire (2010)

The Schultz Fire was started by an abandoned campfire near Schultz Tank north of Flagstaff on June 20, 2010. It burned approximately 15,000 acres along the eastern slopes of the San Francisco Peaks, west of Highway 89. The Coconino National Forest has been hard at work since implementing multitudes of recover and restoration efforts...

Learn more about the history and aftermath of the 2010 Schultz Fire.





Southwest Coordination Center

[graphic] SWCC LogoFor current wildland fire information in the southwest visit SWCC. 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.





Additional Resources and Information

Coconino National Forest

Regional and State-wide Information

General Information