Campfire Safety Urged This Memorial Day Weekend By Forest Officials

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Campfire and smoking restrictions went into effect on the Red Rock District of the Coconino National Forest beginning Thursday, May 21.

The restrictions are consistent with those on the Prescott National Forest and apply to most of the Red Rock Ranger District, including the national forest land in the Verde Valley on the east side of the Verde River, Oak Creek Canyon, lower Sycamore Canyon, lower West Clear Creek, Fossil Creek and Bullpen.

The area southeast of Interstate 17, east of Forest Road 618, and north of Forest Road 214 is not included. These “Stage I” restrictions mean:

Campfires, charcoal grills, and stove fires (wood, charcoal and coal burning) are prohibited on National Forest lands, roads, and trails, except within developed recreation sites where grills and campfire rings are provided.

Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns and heaters meeting safety specifications are allowed.

Smoking is prohibited, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable material.

Campfires are allowed on the rest of the Coconino National Forest “above the rim,” and on the Kaibab National Forest this weekend. A few campfire safety reminders include:

Use existing campfire rings to minimize impacts to the soil. Make a fire only if you have a shovel and sufficient water to put it out. Never leave your campfire unattended.

Avoid making a campfire during the windy part of the day. Winds usually diminish at night when a campfire is welcome. Keep your campfire as small as practical.

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