Officials with the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests implemented Stage 1 fire restrictions at midnight June 1 on all five ranger districts due to increasing fire danger.
Under State 1, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves are allowed in designated developed campgrounds only (listed below). Campfires are not permitted anywhere else in the forest.
Smoking is limited to within enclosed vehicles, buildings or in designated developed campgrounds. Petroleum-fueled gas stoves, lanterns and heaters are allowed.
Fires are allowed in the following campgrounds:
Black Mesa Ranger District: Spillway Campground, Aspen Campground, Wood Canyon Campground, Mogollon Campground, Crook Campground, Rim Campground, Sink Hole Campground Canyon Point Campground, Black Canyon Rim Campground.
Lakeside Ranger District: Fool Hollow Lake Campground, Scotts Reservoir Campground, Lakeside Campground, Los Burros Campground
Springerville Ranger District: Rainbow Campground, Cutthroat Campground, Brook Char Campground Grayling Campground, Apache Trout Campground, Winn Group Campground, Winn Campground, Rolfe C. Hoyer Campground, Benny Creek Campground.
Alpine Ranger District: Buffalo Crossing Campground, Horse Springs Campground, Aspen Campground, Diamond Rock Campground, Alpine Divide Campground, Luna Lake Campground.
Violation of the restrictions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000, imprisonment for not more than six months, or both. Fireworks are always prohibited on National Forest land.
For additional information on fire restrictions, call (928) 333-6280, or visit http://www.fs.fed.us/rd/asnf/.