WILLIAMS, Ariz. – Beginning May 5, Stage 1 fire and smoking restrictions go into effect in the Williams and Tusayan districts of the Kaibab National Forest, the entirety of Coconino National Forest, state lands and the city of Tusayan.
Under Stage 1 restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood-burning stoves are prohibited except at a developed recreation site. It is also forbidden to smoke, except inside a closed vehicle, a building or a landscaped recreational site. Fireworks are still prohibited on all state forests and state lands.
The use of a device powered only by pressurized liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be ignited and extinguished is permitted in areas that are sterile or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within one meter of the device .
Fire restrictions are implemented to help prevent human-caused fires and to limit visitor exposure during times of potentially hazardous fire conditions. Decisions about fire restrictions are based on a combination of carefully measured factors. Criteria used to determine when to implement restrictions include current and forecast weather conditions, fuel moisture, fire activity levels, persistent drought, and available firefighting resources.
Additional restrictions may be imposed as conditions warrant. Fire restrictions generally remain in effect until the area receives significant and widespread rainfall.
Violations could result in a mandatory appearance in federal court, fines, or jail time.
The public is reminded to always be extra careful when recreating on public lands, regardless of restrictions.
More information on all of Arizona’s federal and state fire restrictions, including an interactive map, is available at wildlandfire.az.gov/fire-restrictions.
Additional information on fire restriction stages, forest ordinances and general forest conditions can be found at fs.usda.gov/kaibab and fs.usda.gov/coconino.