Continued dry conditions, high fire danger, and the expected increase of forest visitors during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend have resulted in implementation of fire restrictions effective today (Tuesday) for the Tonto National Forest.
Restrictions affect the Pinal Mountains, south of Globe, and the area north of Roosevelt Lake and east of the Verde River. Only the upper elevation containing chaparral vegetation/brush and pine are impacted by the restrictions. Lower desert elevations are not presently under these constraints.
The restrictions place limitations on campfires, smoking, chain saw use, welding, operating machinery without spark arresters, and discharge of firearms, except in legal hunting activities.
Us of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, and heating devices are allowed within the areas where restrictions apply. The restrictions are necessary to limit the risk of human-caused wildland fires.
The entire forest, including campgrounds, trails and picnic areas, remains open within the limitations of the fire restrictions. In the restricted areas, the following campgrounds and camping areas in the Payson and Young areas allow campfires in provided campfire rings:
- Payson Ranger District: Houston Mesa, Second Crossing; Flowing Springs, Third Crossing; East Verde, Ponderosa; East Verde Crossing, Tonto Creek; Waterwheel, Christopher Creek.
- Pleasant Valley Ranger District: Colcord, Alderwood; Airplane Flat, Reynolds Creek; Upper Canyon Creek, Rose Creek; Valentine Ridge, Workman Creek; Haigler Canyon, Sawmill Flats.
For more information regarding recreation sites and the fire restrictions, contact the Tonto National Forest Fire Prevention Team, (602) 225-5242.
For information on fire restrictions throughout Arizona, call toll free 877-864-6985.