Campfire and smoking restrictions on the Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott, Tonto and Apache-Sitgreaves national forests remain in effect following a weekend of rain and snow in many areas. Despite the precipitation, predictions call for warm, dry and windy conditions that will quickly dry out forest fuels and return the area to high fire danger.
Under the restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves are allowed in developed campgrounds only. The restrictions also limit smoking to enclosed vehicles, building or developed campgrounds. On the Kaibab National Forest, restrictions apply only to the Williams and Tusayan Ranger Districts. On the Prescott National Forest, campfires are not allowed at the designated dispersed sites within Prescott Basin.
“The storms that passed through over the weekend may have given us a slight reprieve, but we only expect their effects to last a few days,” said Don Muise, fire and aviation staff officer for the Coconino National Forest. “It is important that we remain in fire restrictions because we expect conditions to very quickly return to where they have been. The precipitation we received was not sufficient to change the overall outlook for this fire season.”
Know Before You Go! The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:
Arizona Fire Restrictions http://firerestrictions.us/az/
Arizona Fire Prevention & Information (fire restrictions & red flag alerts) http://wildlandfire .az.gov/
Fire Restrictions on Public Lands in Arizona and New Mexico 1-877-864-6985
Coconino National Forest — www.fs.usda.gov/coconino
Prescott National Forest — www.fs.usda.gov/prescott
Tonto National Forest — www.fs.usda.gov/tonto
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests — www.fs.usda.gov/asnf