Forest Closures Roundup

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Several Arizona National Forests under fire restrictions or closed entirely. Below is a list of closures.

“Given the current and predicted weather and fuels conditions, we need to take these precautions to prevent wildfires from starting,” said Martie Schramm, Williams District ranger.

As always, fireworks are prohibited on National Forest System lands.

Kaibab National Forest – On June 25, officials plan to implement additional fire restrictions on the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts starting at 8 a.m.

Under these restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal, coal or wood stoves are prohibited on the forest, including in developed campgrounds. The restrictions also limit smoking to within enclosed vehicles or buildings.

In addition, the Bill Williams Mountain Watershed on the Williams Ranger District will be closed.

Other restrictions prohibit using a chainsaw from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., discharging a firearm unless engaged in a lawful hunt, welding, or operating an internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained, and in effective working order.

Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns, and heaters that can be turned off are allowed.

Fire restrictions will remain in place until the forest receives significant precipitation. Violation of the prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000, imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.

Tonto National Forest – All roads and trails below the Mogollon Rim and north of the Control Road are closed. This includes the Fossil Springs Trailhead. Access to the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park will remain open.

In addition, the areas around Mt. Ord, Four Peaks and Three Bar Wildlife area are closed.

Coronado National Forest – As of June 9, the entire forest is closed.

Apache National Forest – As of June 3, the entire forest is closed.

Chiricahua National Monument – Temporarily closed due to the Horseshoe 2 fire.

Coronado National Monument – Temporarily closed due to the Monument Fire.

Saguaro National Park – Rincon Mountain District is closed as of June 9.

Coconino National Forest – As of June 22, fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves are prohibited, including in developed campgrounds. Smoking remains allowable only within enclosed vehicles or buildings. Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns, and heaters meeting safety specifications are allowed. Coconino Forest remains open.

Sitgreaves National Forest – Big Lake Recreation Area and the Mount Baldy Wilderness Area are closed due to the Wallow Fire.

Trails, campgrounds and roads around Bear Canyon Lake and Promontory Butte are closed due to the Willow Fire.

In addition, the Black Mesa Ranger District and Lakeside Ranger District are closed.

Forest Road 300 easterly from the gate with Highway 260 is closed.

The Rim Lakes Recreation Area is open because it is in the Coconino National Forest.

Fossil Creek Road – The road is open, but you cannot get out of your vehicle until you get past the Fossil Creek Bridge and enter the Coconino National Forest. The Fossil Creek Trailhead remains closed.

Maricopa County – Open fires, consumer fireworks and other sources of

ignition within unincorporated Maricopa County are prohibited. Excepted from this ban are petroleum-fueled stoves, barbeque grills or lanterns, or enclosed charcoal barbeque grills operated in residential yards.

Prescott National Forest – Open, but fire restrictions are in place. In the Kaibab and Prescott National Forests campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves are allowed in developed campgrounds only.

Campfires are not allowed at the designated dispersed camp sites within the Prescott Basin on the Prescott National Forest. Metal posts identify designated dispersed sites with a number. The restrictions also limit smoking to within enclosed vehicles, buildings, or in developed campgrounds. Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns, and heaters that can be turned off are allowed.

On the Kaibab National Forest, fire restrictions cover the Williams and Tusayan ranger districts only; the North Kaibab Ranger District remains in moderate fire danger and will not implement restrictions at this time.

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