News release from Coconino & Kaibab National forests concerning lifting of fire restrictions, dated Monday, July 7th:
The Kaibab and Coconino National Forests lifted all fire restrictions as of 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 8th. The Kaibab National Forest also lifted its closure of the Bill Williams Mountain Watershed.
You can read the full news release via the below link. Both National Forests remind all to continue using caution with fire produced by all sources including campfires.
Dry, very warm temperatures are predicted for our area this week through Tuesday. We have a slight chance of dry thunderstorms Tuesday and Wednesday, which includes the possibility of increased winds and lightning.
We ask all residents in our area to be vigilant of any possible smoke and/or fires during this dry period. Report all such incidents immediately by calling 911.
REMINDER: restrictions remain in effect for our area. These restrictions include the federal lands AND unincorporated areas/developments. Our rural area is considered to be “unincorporated” so the county restrictions apply to us, including private lands.
Important links for more information:
Area federal lands – refer to the appropriate links in the left column on this page
Coconino County Wide Fire Ban – refer to our May 23, 2014 post for a copy of this ban, which REMAINS IN EFFECT!
Image credit: USNWS Flagstaff
Please comply with current restrictions in place. Pay special attention to your outdoor work or recreational activities that might cause a spark! One spark, under these conditions can potentially be the start of a fire which can spread quickly under current conditions.
Most current information can be found on the Flagstaff weather website.
Call 911 immediately to report any sign of smoke or fire.
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News release from GCNP:
Grand Canyon, Ariz. – Due to increased fire danger throughout Grand Canyon National Park, park officials will be implementing fire restrictions for all areas within the park except the Colorado River corridor.
Beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, June 13, all wood burning and charcoal fires, including campfires, warming fires and charcoal barbeques, will be prohibited throughout the park, including all campgrounds and residential areas. Pressurized liquid or gas stoves, lanterns and heaters possessing shut-off devices are allowed.
The restrictions are being implemented in response to current and predicted weather and fuel conditions, as well as corresponding fire danger rating levels. The South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is at extreme fire danger and the North Rim is at very high fire danger. These conditions are expected to remain at until monsoonal moisture occurs. The restrictions will remain in place until significant precipitation falls and fire danger levels subside. “We always hope visitors will consider taking some additional voluntary precautions to help prevent wildfires.” says Chief of Fire and Aviation Jay Lusher.
To read the full release, which contains more pertinent information about this restriction, go the GCNP webpage.
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