After consulting with county emergency managers and Red Rock Ranger District rangers, Sedona Fire District implemented fire restrictions as of 8 a.m., Thursday, June 1.
The Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest will implement Stage 1 restrictions on its lands at 8 a.m. Friday, June 2.
“Spring weather provided for a larger grass crop and fine fuels growth this year. With the current lack of moisture and rising temperatures, the potential for wildfire in these lower elevations has increased, which is why we’re going into restrictions,” RRRD District Ranger Nicole Branton stated in a press release.
“There are still areas on the district where people can have a campfire, but those are at higher elevations or within certain developed recreation sites,” she stated. “The public should refer to the fire restriction area map or call the district if they need clarification.”
These restrictions prohibit all open fires, fire pits and campfires. During fire restrictions, no burn permits will be issued and existing burn permits are suspended. Fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays are prohibited, unless permitted by the SFD fire marshal.
The Red Rock Ranger District is allowing campfires, woodstove use and charcoal fires only in the following developed recreation sites in SFD’s jurisdiction:
- Cave Springs Campground
- Chavez Group Site Campground
- Crescent Moon Cabin
- Grasshopper Point Day-Use Site
- Manzanita Campground
- Pine Flats Campground
The Red Rock Ranger District may change these exceptions at any time due to increased fire danger. These restrictions also prohibit the outdoor use of equipment that generates sparks or open flames, including outdoor use of welding equipment, grinders and chain saws.
Variances for use of spark-producing devices can be requested from the fire marshal. Cooking on propane grills and the use of UL listed, natural gas or propane flame producing heating/warming appliances is still allowed provided that the appliance is located at least 10 feet from combustible materials.
Charcoal barbecue grills are allowed only at private residences so long as they are covered. Outdoor smoking in public areas is limited to designated smoking areas. Any exceptions to these restrictions require approval from fire marshal. USFS’ Restrictions The Red Rock Ranger District’s restrictions include 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 not included.
Stage 1 restrictions also limit smoking to within enclosed vehicles or buildings or in the listed developed recreation sites. Using a device that is solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off is allowed in areas that are clear of flammable materials.
Fireworks are always prohibited on all national forests. The Forest Service uses fire restrictions to help prevent unwanted, human-caused fires and to limit the exposure of users during periods of dangerous fire conditions.
Implementation of fire restrictions normally occurs based on a combination of factors that are carefully measured. Criteria used to determine when to implement restrictions include things such as current and predicted weather, fuel moisture, fire activity levels and available firefighting resources. Additional restrictions may be applied as conditions warrant.
In-depth details and criteria for implementing fire restrictions and an explanation of the different stages of fire restrictions and what is typically prohibited during those stages can be found online can be found on the fs.usda.gov website.
Fire restrictions typically remain in effect until the forests receive significant precipitation, at which time they will be rescinded. Forest officials would also like to remind forest users that building and maintaining a campfire on the national forest while under fire restrictions is a violation that carries a mandatory appearance in federal court.
Violations are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000, imprisonment of not more than six months, or both. Residents are encouraged to exercise caution and good judgment.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS