WILLIAMS, Ariz. – Campfire and smoking restrictions will be lifted on the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests [emphasis added] beginning Tuesday, July 12 at 8 a.m. In addition, the Bill Williams Mountain watershed closure will be lifted at the same time. Recent precipitation along with higher humidity and increased fuel moisture has lowered fire danger on the forest, thus decreasing the risk of major wildfires. The Prescott National Forest is expected to lift fire restrictions very soon.
Officials commented, “Although campfires and smoking will be allowed throughout the two forests, people should never leave a campfire unattended, always extinguish fires completely before leaving the forest, and dispose of cigarettes in ash trays. Remember, it is everyone’s responsibility to practice fire safety and prevent human-caused fires.”
Forest visitors are reminded that some campfire restrictions are always in effect, such as in forested areas within city limits of most northern Arizona communities. For more information about restrictions on public lands, call toll free 1-877-864-6985 or visit http://www.publiclands.org/firenews/AZ.php
As always, forest managers are asking visitors to follow the Leave No Trace principle: pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food, and litter.
The public’s assistance is appreciated in preventing human-caused fires. For more information, please call Punky Moore, Kaibab Fire Information Officer (928-635-5653), or Brady Smith, Coconino Public Affairs Officer, (928-527-3490)
Additionally, Coconino NF sent the below info in an email:
This message is forwarded on behalf of Flagstaff Fire Department.
With today’s lifting of the City Fire Restrictions, the Flagstaff Fire Department’s Wildland Fire Crew will be taking advantage of recent moisture and plans to implement a 10 acre prescribed pile burn today. These piles were produced from past forest treatments which successfully resulted in reduced size and severity of the 2010 Hardy Fire. Operations will be closely monitored to ensure good consumption and minimal smoke impact. Smoke is expected to be of short duration and will disperse to the north and north east. Today’s burn location is east of Little America Hotel and south of Butler Avenue along Harold Ranch road (T21 R7 S23 E 1/2).
If there are any questions regarding today’s planned ignitions, please contact the Flagstaff Fire Department Wildland Fire Management program at 928-853-2735.