Drought conditions, hot temperatures and increased fire danger have resulted in fire restrictions for the Tonto National Forest beginning Thursday, May 14 at 8 a.m.
The forest will prohibit most types of fire or fire-causing activities across the entire Tonto National Forest.
Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or charcoal-burning device is prohibited. Restrictions also apply to smoking outside of a cleared area, operating internal combustion power tools, using welding equipment or torches with open flames, operating combustion engines without spark- arresting devices in effective working order, or discharging firearms except in taking game in accordance with Arizona hunting laws.
Use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, and heating devices are allowed, and some developed campgrounds are also exempted from these restrictions.
“Because of ongoing drought and dry forest conditions, fire restrictions are needed to protect forest users, structures and natural resources from the increased potential for dangerous wildland fires,” said Tonto National Forest Supervisor, Gene Blankenbaker.
“These precautionary measures are intended to enhance our visitors’ quality recreation experiences. Most areas of the Tonto National Forest remain available for recreation activity, including all the Salt River system lakes.”
For further information regarding recreation sites and fire restrictions, please contact the Tonto National Forest at (602) 225-5200, or check online at www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto.
For general information on fire activity and restrictions in Arizona call toll-free 877-864-6985, or visit http://www.publiclands.org/firenews/AZ.php
Violation of these restrictions is punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and imprisonment for up to six months.
For more information regarding forest recreation sites and fire restrictions, please contact the Tonto National Forest at (602) 225-5200, or check online at www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto.
For general information on fire activity and restrictions in Arizona call toll-free 877-864-6985, or visit the. Southwest Coordination Center website: http://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc or Public Lands Information Center at http://www.publiclands.org/firenews/AZ.php
Useful Web sites:
Arizona Fire News: http://www.publiclands.org/firenews/AZ.php
New Mexico Fire News: http://www.publiclands.org/firenews/NM.php
Incident Information System (nationwide): http://inciweb.org/
National Interagency Fire Center: www.nifc.gov
National Fire Plan: www.fireplan.gov
National Incident Information Center: www.fs.fed.us/news/fire
Arizona Governor’s Forest Health Council: www.governor.state.az.us/FHC
Campfires will be allowed in fire grates in the following developed recreation sites:
Cave Creek Ranger District Bartlett Lake Recreation Area
Bartlett Lake Marina
S B Cove
Bartlett Flat (below high waterline)
Lower Verde Recreation Area
Needle Rock Recreation Area
Needle Rock Campground
Seven Springs Recreation Area
Seven Springs Picnic Area
Cave Creek Group Site
Horseshoe Lake Recreation Area
Horseshoe Lake Campground
Globe Ranger District Pioneer Pass, in the Pinal Mtns
Sulphide Del Ray, in the Pinal Mtns
Kellner, in the Pinal Mtns
Ice House CCC, in the Pinal Mtns
Pinal, in the Pinal Mtns
Upper Pinal, in the Pinal Mtns
Warnica Group Site in the Pinal Mtns
Jones Water, off AZ Hwy 77 north of Globe
Oak Flat, off AZ Hwy 60 east of Superior
Mesa Ranger District Saguaro Lake Recreation Area
Saguaro Lake Marina
Saguaro Del Norte
Canyon Lake Recreation Area
Canyon Lake Marina
Lower Salt Recreation Area
Developed recreation sites only
Payson Ranger District Houston Mesa Campground
Houston Mesa Horse Camp
Sharp Creek Campground
Upper Tonto Creek Campground
Christopher Creek Campground
Pleasant Valley Ranger District Falls Campground
Reynolds Creek Group Site Rose Creek Campground
Sawmill Flats Campground
Haigler Canyon Campground
Colcord Ridge Campground
Airplane Flats Campground
Upper Canyon Campground
Valentine Ridge Campground
Tonto Basin Ranger District Apache Lake Recreation Areas.
Apache Lake Marina
Upper Burnt Corral
Lower Burnt Corral
Roosevelt Recreation Area
Windy Hill Cholla Bachelor Cove