Campfire Restrictions To Start On Apache-Sitgreaves Forests

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Officials with the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests will implement fire restrictions beginning at 8 a.m., Friday, May 20. Due to increasing fire danger, these restrictions are deemed necessary to prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public health and safety.

The restrictions prohibit fires, campfires, charcoal, coal or wood stoves outside of developed campgrounds and limit smoking to within enclosed vehicles or buildings or in developed campgrounds. Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns, and heaters meeting safety specifications will continue to be allowed.

The 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. Fireworks are always prohibited on national forest land.

For additional information on fire restrictions on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, please call (928) 333-6280.

Campground host sought

The Black Mesa Ranger District of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests is looking for courteous, helpful, and enthusiastic volunteers to fill vacancies for campground hosts at several locations in the Rim Lakes Recreation Area on the Mogollon Rim.

A campground host is a Forest Service volunteer who agrees to spend all or part of the summer living in, and managing a campground.

Hosts provide an identified presence and play an active role in the care and maintenance of the campground; carrying out such duties as litter cleanup, routine restroom upkeep, and campsite monitoring. Hosts are the “eyes and ears” of campgrounds. They should have good communication skills as they act as the Forest Service’s front line contact liaison in their campground. Hosting provides a wonderful opportunity to escape the heat and spend the summer in the cool mountain comfort of the Mogollon Rim and combines pleasure and relaxation with the enjoyment and stimulation of meeting new people.

Campground hosts must provide their own fully self-contained living unit i.e., motor home, fifth wheel or travel trailer. Hosts are provided with a free campsite, identifying sign, training materials, a radio or phone for emergency use, maps and literature for public distribution, and a uniform. Hosts are expected to set a good example by role modeling a clean and uncluttered living area and by keeping pets leashed as required by regulations.

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