FLAGSTAFF, ARIZ. - Stage 1 campfire and smoking restrictions have been implemented on most of the Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest starting June 18.
Fires, campfires, woodstove and charcoal fires will be allowed only in developed campgrounds and picnic areas. Use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, and heating devices meeting safety specifications will be allowed. Smoking will be permitted within an enclosed vehicle or building or in a developed recreation area. Fireworks are always prohibited on National Forest lands.
The restrictions apply to most of the Red Rock Ranger District, including the national forest land in the Verde Valley on the east side of the Verde River, Oak Creek Canyon, lower Sycamore Canyon, lower West Clear Creek, Fossil Creek and Bullpen. The area southeast of Interstate 17, east of Forest Road 618, and north of Forest Road 214 is presently not included.
"The lack of moisture and rising temperatures are increasing the potential for wildfire in these lower elevations," said Heather Provencio, Red Rock District Ranger. "Fire danger below the Rim is very high."
The restrictions will remain in effect until conditions have changed sufficiently to reduce the risk of a human-caused wildfire, usually with the onset of summer monsoon rains. Violations are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000, imprisonment of not more than six months, or both.
For current information on fire restrictions on the Coconino National Forest call (928) 527-3600 or visit
www.coconinoforest.us. For additional information about fire restrictions on public lands in Arizona and New Mexico, call toll free 1-877-864-6985 or visit www.publiclands.org/firenews/AZ.php.
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