Drought conditions and increased fire danger
resulted in the implementation of fire restrictions for the Apache-Sitgreaves,
Coconino and Tonto national forests.
Centered on the Mogollon Rim, the restrictions place limitations
on campfires, charcoal fires and smoking. The Tonto National Forest
also restricts chainsaw use, welding, operating machinery without
spark arresters and discharge of firearms, except while engaged in
legal hunting activities.
Use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, and heating devices are
allowed within the areas where restrictions apply, and some
developed campgrounds are also exempted from these restrictions.
On the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, fire restrictions cover
the area between the Rim Road (Forest Road 300) and the edge of the
Mogollon Rim and an area immediately south of Highway 260 bordered
by the Young Road (Forest Road 512) on the east and the Mogollon Rim
on the south and west.
On the Coconino National Forest, restrictions are in place along
the Mogollon Rim, east of Highway 87, between the Rim and the Rim
Road (Forest Road 300). Fire restrictions on the Tonto National
Forest cover all land north of the Control Road (Forest Road 64)
between the Irving Power Plant and the Young Road.
The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest has also implemented a
forest closure on Promontory Butte adjacent to the Rim Road. This
area is closed to public entry due to high fire danger and the lack
of a safe route of travel in the event of a wildfire.
For further information regarding recreation sites and fire
restrictions, including maps and additional camping information,
please contact the appropriate forest:
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, (928) 333-4301,
Coconino National Forest, (928) 527-3600, www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino
Tonto National Forest, (602) 225-5200, www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto
For general information on fire activity and restrictions in
Arizona visit the Southwest Region Web site at http://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc
or call toll-free (877) 864-6985.
Southwest Coordination Center: http://gacc.nifc.gov/swcc
National Interagency Fire Center:
National Fire Plan: www.fireplan.gov
National Incident Information Center: