One District Cancels Fire Restrictions, Another Puts Them In Place

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The Red Rock Ranger District has cancelled plans to implement the first level of campfire and smoking restrictions on Wednesday, May 14.

"We've received about 10 hours of slow, steady rain district-wide. Lots of rain and no wind, which is just the way we like it", reported the Red Rock District Ranger, Heather Provencio. In the event future conditions warrant restrictions, Coconino National Forest personnel will evaluate the situation on an ongoing basis.

The Prescott National Forest will still implement Stage I campfire and smoking restrictions on Wednesday, May 14, at 8 am. Fires, campfires, woodstove and charcoal fires will be allowed only in developed campgrounds and picnic areas on the Prescott National Forest.

Use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns and heating devices meeting safety specifications will be allowed. Smoking will be permitted within an enclosed vehicle or building or in a developed recreation area. Fireworks are always prohibited on National Forest lands. For current information on fire restrictions on the Prescott National Forest call 928-443-8000.

For current information on fire restrictions on the Coconino National Forest call 928-527-3600 or www.coconinoforest.us. For additional information about fire restrictions on public lands in Arizona and New Mexico, call toll free 1-877-864-6985 or visit http://www.publiclands.org/firenews/AZ.php

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests to Start Campfire Restrictions

Effective Wednesday, May 21, campfires and charcoal fires will only be allowed in certain developed campgrounds on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. These Stage 1 restrictions are also prohibited: the use of charcoal or wood in a campfire outside of certain developed campgrounds, smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area that is at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material

Fireworks are always prohibited on the national forests. Violations of these restrictions are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations or imprisonment for up to six months, or both.

Campfires and charcoal fires are allowed at the following recreation areas:

Alpine Ranger District -- Alpine Divide, Diamond Rock, Aspen, Horse Spring, Buffalo Crossing, Deer Creek, Raccoon, Hannagan, KP Cienega, and Luna Lake;

Black Mesa Ranger District -- Sinkhole, Canyon Point, Spillway, Aspen, Woods Canyon Group Site, Mogollon, Black Canyon Rim, Rim, and Gentry;

Clifton Ranger District -- Coal Creek, Black Jack, Upper and Lower Juan Miller, Strayhorse, Honeymoon, and Granville;

Springerville Ranger District -- Hoyer, Benny Creek, Rainbow, Cutthroat, Grayling, and Brookchar;

Lakeside Ranger District -- Scott Reservoir, Lakeside, Fool Hollow, and Los Burros.

Gas stoves, heaters, and lanterns are permitted throughout the Forests provided such devices meet the fire underwriter's specifications for safety.

As a reminder, Highway 273 from Sunrise to Crescent Lake is being re-constructed this summer so Highway 273 is closed. Sheep Crossing and the East and West Fork trailheads of the Baldy Wilderness remain closed this summer. Travelers to the Big Lake area should use Highway 261, the Mexican Hay Lake road.

These restrictions will remain in place until sufficient moisture is received across the Apache-Sitgreaves.

For more information about fire restrictions on public lands in Arizona call toll-free 1-877-864-6985 or visit the web at http://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc/. For information on current fires in Apache or Navajo counties dial 593 (928-333-3412) or visit the web at www.593info.org. Additional information about activities on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests is available on line at: www.fs.fed.us/r3/asnf.

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