Drought conditions, hot temperatures and increased fire danger have resulted in fire restrictions being implemented within and around Payson.
The U.S. Forest Service on June 11 implemented a prohibition on building fires, campfires or using a charcoal-burning device within the Tonto National Forest. There are exceptions allowed by the Forest Service in specific developed recreation sites. To ensure the safety of the community, the Payson Fire Department is suspending burning permits as of June 11. Additional restrictions are now in effect within Payson to protect homes, businesses, and natural resources from the increased potential for dangerous fires. Effective immediately, the building of open fire, campfire, or recreational fire is prohibited within Payson. This restriction does not apply to the safe use of outdoor grills utilized for cooking or non-combustible fireplaces with properly functioning spark arrestors or approved chimneys.