June 2006

AZBW News Breaks June 22, 2006

Partial Restrictions Implemented on Coconino County and City of Flagstaff Parks and Trails

Flagstaff, Az. – Due to the current weather conditions and extreme dryness in the forests, Coconino County and City of Flagstaff Parks and Recreation Departments are implementing partial fire restrictions in all City and County parks.

The decision was made in collaboration with a multi-agency group of fire, natural resource, emergency preparedness and law enforcement professionals.

These restrictions will take effect in conjunction with Coconino National Forest restrictions on Friday, June 23 at 8:00 a.m. and will remain in effect indefinitely.

Coconino County park and trail restrictions are as follows:

All trails on County Parks and Recreation property will be closed.

Campgrounds and picnic ramadas will remain open for “cold” use only, meaning the use of gas and propane stoves is prohibited.

Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas of FTCP during special events or inside vehicles. Smoking will only be allowed in vehicles in all other County parks.

The FTCP archery range and horse jump course is closed.

Public access to all undeveloped areas of park land (forest, wetlands, meadows, etc.) will be closed.

Vehicles MUST remain on improved surfaces (asphalt, asphalt millings, cinders, concrete, or gravel).

Pyrotechnics and projectiles are not allowed on County park properties at any time.

City of Flagstaff park and trail restrictions are as follows:

Mars Hill Trail, from Thorpe Road to Lowell Mesa South Fork Forest Road

Tunnel springs, from Lowell Mesa south Fork Forest Road to Railroad Springs

Little America Trail, from Foxglenn Park to Little America Hotel

Arizona Trail/Fisher Point Trail, Babbitt Way to Fisher Point Trail

Sinclair Wash Trail, Babbitt Way to Lone Tree Road

Fort Tuthill Trail, Coconino County Fairgrounds property to Mountain Dell Road

All trail entrances leading into the Forest Service Pipeline Trail (Shadow Mountain, Swiss Manor and Skyline Estates subdivision and Buffalo Park)

McPherson disc golf course

Coconino County Parks and Recreation staff will take the following precautions to lessen the chance of an ignition occurring on County parks property:

All County park properties and facilities subject to the terms of the closure will display informational signs at significant access points and other key areas.

Park visitors will be provided a fire prevention instruction brochure at all events with controlled entry. FTCP lessees will be required to distribute the brochures to their participants and attendees.

Coconino Rural Environment Corps (CREC) crews will be assisting Parks and Recreation staff with light fuels removal at FTCP from June 26 to June 30, prior to the horse races.

For more information on County restrictions, call Coconino County Parks and Recreation at (928) 679-8000. For more information on City restrictions, call City of Flagstaff Parks and Recreation at (928) 779-7690.