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Fire Restrictions in Place at the Grand Canyon

Campfire warning

A very important message from our friends at the Grand Canyon:

Due to extreme 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 Wednesday, June 26, 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.

The restrictions are being implemented in response to current and predicted weather and fuel conditions, as well as corresponding fire danger rating levels. Both rims of Grand Canyon National Park are now at extreme fire danger and are expected to remain at extreme until monsoonal moisture occurs. The restrictions will remain in place until significant precipitation falls and fire danger levels subside

“As a reminder, fireworks are always prohibited in the park,” said Chief of Fire and Aviation Jay Lusher. “We also hope visitors will consider taking some additional voluntary precautions to help wildfires.”

  • When visiting your public lands during high and/or extreme fire danger, be fire aware, and use extra care. Taking a few precautions can make all the difference:
  • Before going hiking or camping, check for fire restrictions and closures in the area. Direct your inquiries to the agency that manages the public lands you are visiting.
  • If you are a smoker, smoke only on paved surfaces or in an enclosed vehicle; and never toss cigarette butts on the ground. Use an ashtray or pack butts out in your pocket.
  • If you are using a portable stove, clear the area of grasses and other fine fuels and be careful to prevent the stove from tipping over.
  • Consider alternatives to campfires. During times of high fire danger unattended campfires are likely to escape.
  • Practice Leave No Trace principles, including packing out all burned materials.
  • If you are driving on unpaved roads, be careful of parking or driving your vehicle in tall, dry vegetation. Hot vehicle parts may start a fire.
  • If you see smoke or fire, note the location and report it to authorities. Do NOT attempt to put out a fire by yourself.

For the latest fire information in Grand Canyon National Park, please visit our web site at www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/fire_info.htm. To learn more about fire restrictions on other public lands in Arizona and New Mexico, please call the Southwest Area Fire Restriction Information Line at 877-864-6985 or visit wildlandfire.az.gov.

 

 

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Over 70 Illegal Campfires Discovered on the Apache-Sitgreaves NF

Photo by Kelly Vaughn Kramer | Wallow Fire

Photo by Kelly Vaughn Kramer | Wallow Fire

Wow. Well, this is some very, very disappointing news. Turns out, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests personnel found over 70 illegal campfires while patrolling Memorial Day weekend. “In most cases, campers complied with our request to put out their campfires, however, citations were issued,” says Mark Empey, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests’ Fire Management Officer.

In case you forgot, on May 23, campfire and smoking restrictions were implemented in Apache and Navajo Counties, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, and within local fire districts located in both counties.

Most Arizona campers are used to the almost annual need for restrictions on campfires. Still, it’s clear some folks need a reminder.

Photo by Kelly Vaughn Kramer | Wallow Fire

Photo by Kelly Vaughn Kramer | Wallow Fire

Let’s not forget Arizona experienced several mega fires in 2011, namely the Wallow Fire, which charred over 538,000 acres, and, according to the Forest Service, this year’s severe drought conditions and moisture emulate the blue print from 2011. The Forest would like to enlist the public’s help in reporting abandoned fires or people who build campfires outside of developed campgrounds.

In the meantime, the fire restrictions will remain in place until national forests service lands within Apache, Greenlee and Navajo Counties receive significant precipitation.

Photo by Kelly Vaughn Kramer | Wallow Fire

Photo by Kelly Vaughn Kramer | Wallow Fire

White Mountain visitors are reminded that some campfire restrictions are always in effect, such as in forested areas within city limits of most northern Arizona communities. Additionally, fireworks are never allowed on National Forests. For more information about restrictions on public lands by calling (928) 333-3412 or toll free 1-877-864-6985 or visit (www.311info.net), and also the NEW interagency website: (Firerestrictions.us) created to inform residents and visitors about fire restrictions and closures across the South-west area.

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Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Proposes Temporary Safety Closure For Rodeo-Chediski, Show Low South & Timber Mesa areas

Image courtesy of Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests

The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) are proposing the implementation of a temporary safety closure in the areas of the 2002 Rodeo/Chediski fire, Show Low South and the Timber Mesa. The temporary closure will provide for public and fire fighter safety and to protect private property. The closure will be implemented Friday, June 8.

The Rodeo-Chediski fire area consisted of severe, moderate to light burning on the landscape of the western portion of the Lakeside Ranger District and the eastern portion of the Black Mesa Ranger District. Since that time grass and down and dead rotting pine trees have become the major fuel bed. Conditions are now conducive to a fast moving wildland fire occurring in the area which is a Wildland Urban Interface.

An area known as Show Low South adjacent to The Rodeo-Chediski is also at risk of a severe wildland fire moving into a highly populated Wildland Urban Interface Area. The Interface area will be closed south of AZ State Hwy 260.

The Timber Mesa area has several miles of motorized and non-motorized trails which are heavily used this time of year. Timber Mesa and Porter Mountain’s fuel conditions could lead to a catastrophic fire in the area. Also centered in the closure area is the communications site at the top of Porter Mountain.

The proposed closure area is now in the 97th percentile for Energy Release Component Charts which means only 3% of the 3,063 days that weather observations have been taken in the past 15 years have been this high.

Any fire start in the area poses a safety risk to the public and to fire fighters.

Stage II fire restrictions and this area closure will remain in place until lands within Apache and Navajo Counties receive significant precipitation.

What do Stage II fire restrictions mean to campers on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests? NO CAMPFIRES ARE ALLOWED IN DEVELOPED CAMPSITES OR WHEN DISPERSE CAMPING.

A few more do’s and don’ts…

What’s NOT ALLOWED:

· Building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove fire.
The use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, or heating devices are allowed provided such devices meet the fire underwriter’s specifications for safety. Liquid petroleum and LPG stoves that can be turned on and off are allowed.

· Using an explosive.

· Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable material.

· Possessing, discharging or using any kind of firework or other pyrotechnic device.

· Welding, or operating an acetylene, or other torch with open flame.

· Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order.

· Operating a chainsaw between the hours of 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. is prohibited; chain saws may be used between the hours of 8:01 p.m. and 8:59 a.m.

What’s ALLOWED:

· Persons with a Forest Service permit specifically authorizing the otherwise prohibited act or omission.

· Any Federal, State or Local Officer or member of an organized rescue firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

· Persons in motor vehicles on existing Forest Service system roads or trail are exempted.

 

For more information about restrictions on public lands, call toll free 1-877-864-6985 or visit (http://www.publiclands.org/firenews/AZ.php and www.593info.org) or by dialing 593 or 928-333-3412.

 

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